Sachin Tendulkar: Significant facts
Famous as: Cricketer
Birth Name: Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar
Nicknames: Little Master, Master Blaster, Bombay Bomber, Little Genius
Date of Birth: 23-04-1973
Birthplace: Dadar, Mumbai, India
Father: Ramesh Tendulkar
Wife: Dr. Anjali
Sachin Tendulkar is an Indian cricketer who is hailed as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of world cricket. He is the leading run-scorer and century maker in Test and One Day International cricket.
Sachin Tendulkar was born the youngest child of the noted novelist, Ramesh Tendulkar and Rajni an Insurance professional. The early years of his life were completed at the Sahitya Sahawas Cooperative Housing Society in Bandra East. As a young kid, he was notorious for picking up fights against children.
Sachin Tendulkar: A great start of the journey of cricket
During high school days, Sachin was a big fan of John McEnroe, the famous tennis star, from the United States. However, he was introduced to the game of cricket in the year 1984, at a young age of 11. He was enrolled as a cricketing student under Ramakant Achrekar, a top coach. Sachin had his initial coaching activities at the Shivaji Park Ground, Dadar.
Achrekar asked Sachin to join Sharadashram Vidya Mandir High School located in Dadar to facilitate regular cricket coaching sessions. The school had produced many cricketing stalwarts. Earlier, he was studying at the Indian Education Society’s New English School in Bandra East.
At school Sachin earned the name of a child prodigy and was well known in the cricketing fraternity of Mumbai. He used to play for his school team in the Matunga Gujarati Seva Mandal Shield. Apart from school cricket, he also participated in club cricket and made his contributions at the Kanga League. He initially played for the John Bright Cricket Club and then he changed over to the Cricket Club of India.
Sachin attended the MRF Pace Foundation in Madras when he was 14 years old, wanting to become a fast bowler. Dennis Lillee who was in charge of the Pace Foundation was not impressed by the young kid as a potential fast bowler. He advised him to rather concentrate on his batting skills. It was during this time that Sachin was upset for not getting the Best Junior Cricketer Award of the Mumbai Cricket Association. But, he received a pair of ultra light pads from Mr. Sunil Gavaskar as a token of encouragement.
Initial glimpses of cricketing talent
With his friend and Indian teammate Vinod Kambli, Sachin Tendulkar participated in an unbeaten partnership of 664 runs against the St. Xavier’s High School in Lord Harris Shield interschool Trophy. He piled up a mammoth 326 in that game and crossed 1000 runs mark in that tournament. With concentration and hard work combined with abundant natural talent the young Mumbaikar exhibited the qualities of a cricketing hero.
Sachin Tendulkar: Entry into International cricket
Sachin Tendulkar’s first international exposure in cricket came when he played as a substitute for Imran Khan’s team in the exhibition game at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. He participated as a ball-boy in the semi-final of the 1987 World Cup in Mumbai. When he was just 16 years old, he walked in to bat against the bowling attack of Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram and had a blow on the head. Despite being hit by the ball, he made a half century! Ever since his entry against Pakistan in 1989, Sachin began breaking records after records in international cricket.
Sachin has piled up runs against all the leading international teams in the world. He adopted every shot prescribed in the cricket manuals. He is capable of shot improvisation while handling any kind of bowling attack with ease and confidence.
The most amazing talent of Sachin Tendulkar’s batting is that he keeps on improving the shots in his armory apart from judicial shot selection technique. He also has the maximum number of test and one day centuries to his name. His was once acknowledged by the Australian cricketing legend Sir Don Bradman when he commented that batting style of Sachin reminded him of his younger days. His batting is based on the basic principles: perfect body balance, controlled movement, precise stroke-making, and amazing quality of anticipation. His favorite strokes are the upright, back-foot punch and a straight drive He has mastered each of the full range of orthodox shots and plenty of improvised ones as well.
Personal Life of Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar met Anjali Mehta at the Mumbai International Airport in 1990. For them, it was love at first sight. They both had an instant liking towards each other. Anjali was the daughter of the popular industrialist Ashok Mehta. Sachin and Anjali got married on May 24, 1995 after five years of dating each other. The couple is happily married to each other since then. Sachin was just 22 when he got married. Anjali Tendulkar is nearly six years older than Sachin Tendulkar. The couple is blessed with two children, Sara Tendulkar and Arjun Tendulkar.
Sachin has numerous awards under his belt of which the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Padma Shri, and Arjuna Award for Cricket hold a special place.
- ‘Sara’, daughter of Sachin Tendulkar, is named after the first tournament victory of Sachin as a captain – ‘Sahara’ Cup (1997).
- His father-in-law Ashok Mehta has been the champion of national bridge seven times!
- Sachin was the first ever active cricketer of India to be nominated to the Rajya Sabha.
- His father, Ramesh Tendulkar, named him after the popular music director Sachin Dev Burman.
- He scored a duck in his first ODI match, which was against Pakistan!
- Sachin scored his first century in Test Cricket against England in 1990 at Old Trafford, Manchester.
- In 1992, he became the first ever overseas cricketer to represent and play for Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
- It took him 79 matches to score his first century in One Day International (ODI) matches. Later, he scored 48 more!
- Sachin carries the national flag of India in his cricket bag as well as features it on his helmet!
- He visited Madame Tussauds at London for the first time in the year 1988. After 20 years, the museum placed his wax statue.
- He made a guest appearance in ‘Stumped’, Bollywood movie, in 2003.
- In the year 2007, Virgin Comics created ‘Master Blaster’, a new superhero, based on Sachin Tendulkar in order to launch an all new series of comic books.
- A sports management deal with WorldTel witnessed him becoming the world’s richest cricketer in the year 1995.
- He merited a position in “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” (TIME Magazine – Heroes category) (2010).
- Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography named Playing It My Way was launched on November 5, 2014.
Famous Quotes by Sachin Tendulkar
“How you take off has nothing to do with how high you will fly!”
“Success is a process… During that journey sometimes there are stones thrown at you, and you convert them into milestones.”