7 ‘shocking’ facts about birthday boy Sachin Tendulkar every cricket fan needs to know


Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar, the national treasure, celebrates its 49th birthday today April 24. With hundreds of tons in his bag, breaking all book records, Sachin is not just a cricketer. He is considered the god of cricket. However, the limelight, the attention of a billion die-hard Indian cricket fans and the resounding success never went to his head. Whenever someone spoke of Sachin, he spoke of his modesty and humility. But there are lesser-known anecdotes surrounding the little master that made him the cricketing legend he is today.

We have compiled some facts to celebrate him on his birthday.

Sachin Tendulkar once struck with tissues in his underwear

It takes a lot to become a legend. Opening up in his book ‘Playing it My Way’, Sachin Tendulkar opened up about a certain embarrassing situation he found himself in while playing for the nation.

During the Super 6 match against Sri Lanka at the ICC World Cup in 2003, Tendulkar hit with tissues in his underwear due to stomach pain.

Tendulkar who managed to score 97 in Johannesburg wrote: “Here I am a little embarrassed to reveal a very personal secret regarding the game against Sri Lanka. The day before the game, I had a stomach ache and felt dehydrated. This happened because I had not yet fully recovered from the cramp I had suffered while playing in Pakistan and as a result I had a lot of isotonic drinks.

“I also added a teaspoon of salt to energy drinks, thinking it would help recovery, and it caused stomach aches. In fact, the situation was so bad that I had to fight with tissues inside my underwear. I even had to go back to the locker room during one of the drink breaks and felt extremely uncomfortable in the middle,” he added.

Sachin Tendulkar played for Pakistan before India

Sachin Tendulkar, 16-year-old master blaster, may have played his first international cricket match against Pakistan in 1989, but the first time he stepped on an international stage was for Pakistan.

That’s right. In an exhibition match between India and Pakistan on January 20, 1987, Tendulkar was sent as a substitute outfielder for Imran Khan’s team.

Recounting the incident in his book ‘Playing it My Way’, Sachin recalled complaining to a friend later that he might have taken the hold if he had been positioned long term.

(Note: The photo above is NOT from the match mentioned.)

« I don’t know if Imran Khan remembers this or if he has any idea that I once played for his Pakistani team, » Sachin wrote in his book.

Marcus Couto, Tendulkar’s childhood friend, was quoted by DNA saying, “Some of the Pakistani players were going to rest at the team hotel. Imran came to Hemant Kenkre (ICC captain) and said he lacked players and if he could bring three to four players on the pitch. Two youths were nearby – Khushru Vasania and Sachin Tendulkar.

« Sachin saw Hemant and asked in Marathi ‘Me Zaaoo Ka?’ (‘Can I go’). Before Hemant could nod, Sachin was already on the pitch as a substitute for Pakistan. It was towards the end of the match and Sachin was on the pitch for about 25 minutes.

Sachin Tendulkar lent his bat to Shahid Afridi who went on to score the fastest century

Yes. Boom Boom Afridi scored the fastest 100 with Master Blaster’s bat. On October 4, 1996, Afridi, 16 years and 217 days, hit the fastest international century in a 37-ball performance against Sri Lanka. Interestingly, it was also his very first one-day run.

Young and fresh in the team and lacking basic cricket kit, Afridi was given the boots and helmet of Pakistani spinner Saqlain Mushtaq. But the iconic bat was given to him by pacer Waqar Younis during net practice.

“I had just joined the Pakistan team and during the nets in Nairobi, ‘Wicky Bhai’ gave me a bat and said, play with it and you’ll see. It’s Sachin’s bat,” Afridi said. Gulf News.

Sachin Tendulkar and his superstitions

In Kotla’s test against Pakistan where Kumble got a perfect 10, each time Tendulkar handed Kumble’s sweater and cap to the umpire at the start of an over, Kumble took a wicket. So he kept doing that until Kumble took all ten.

Sachin Tendulkar was the first batsman to be given by the third umpire

Yes. While the little master broke every record that came his way, Tendulkar also became the first batsman to be given a third umpire in the 1992 Test series in South Africa. The referee was Karl Liebenberg.

India were 38/2 when Tendulkar beat with Ravi Shastri on the crease. Pacer Brian McMillan was in the middle of a fire spell when he threw one near the good length area and Tendulkar who was batting at 11 slid the ball to another legend – Jonty Rhodes. Tendulkar attempted the risky single but was fired by Shastri.

Andrew Hudson ran to the stumps and picked up Rhodes’ throw clean and dislodged the stumps.

Square leg referee Cyril Mitchley went upstairs to third referee Karl Liebenberg, who pressed the red light. Sachin was fired at age 11.

In 2016, when Tendulkar launched an online retail initiative, he admitted that technology had helped cricket and improved the spectator experience.

“When it comes to technology, I’m still in even though I was the first to be distributed via technology in South Africa in 1992,” Sachin said.

Sachin Tendulkar’s test average is lower than Vinod Kambli’s

Although it is unfair to compare their Test match averages, flamboyant left-handed batsman Vinod Kambli ended his Test career in 1995 with an average of 54.20. Kambli managed to accumulate 1,084 points in 17 test matches.

While Sachin, who played 200 Test matches, finished with an average of 53.78.

Sachin Tendulkar couldn’t celebrate his first century of testing with champagne because he was underage

A bottle of Magnum champagne was given to Sachin when he scored his first Test cent in Manchester in 1990. But he couldn’t open it because UK rules didn’t allow under-18s to do so. Sachin opted to wait 8 years and popped it on her daughter Sara’s first birthday in 1998.

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