As Master Blaster is turning 49 this Sunday. Here are 49 interesting facts about Sachin.
1 Sachin is the youngest person to be honored with Bharat Ratna.
2 First active cricket player to be nominated to Rajyasabha.
3 Donated his entire salary to PMLad.
4 As an MP Sachin has adopted two villages and transformed them into smart villages.
5 During his stint as MP, Sachin helped drought-hit farmers.
6 As an MP Sachin has helped schools in Bengal.
7 Sachin rejected Govt allocated home in Delhi and rejected govt’s flight tickets.
8 Sachin went to MRF pace academy to become a fast bowler.
9 During the 1987 World Cup, Sachin was a ball boy at Wankhede stadium during a match between India and Zimbabwe.
10 During his younger days, Sachin used to sleep with his cricket gear.
11 Before making his Indian debut, Sachin was fielded for Pakistan as a substitute during a warmup match in Mumbai in 1988.
12 Sachin was awarded a champagne bottle for scoring his maiden international 100 in England, which he opened on his daughter’s first birthday.
13 Sachin was first featured in a Band-Aid commercial.
14 Sachin has scored 100s in Irani Trophy and Ranji Trophy debut.
15 He went for the movie Roja in 1995 in disguise but it went wrong after the crowd in the cinema hall recognized him
16 First Indian cricketer to wear the flag on the helmet.
17 Rejected deals to promote Alcohol and Tobacco.
18 In his debut Test against Pakistan he wore the pads gifted to him by Sunil Gavaskar.
19 Sachin still holds the record of scoring the most centuries in a calendar year: 9 ODI centuries in 1998
20 He is the first cricketer to be awarded Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (Now renamed as Dyanchand Khel Ratna)
21 In 1998, he got 1,894 ODI runs, a record for ODI runs by any batsman in a calendar year
22 Sachin was named after the great musician Sachin Dev Burman as his father was a big fan of SD’s music
23 Sachin has a dedicated mobile phone to play music in his car.
24 He once made his mother look for a frog bhaji recipe
25 Tendulkar, the prankster, once put a hose pipe into Sourav Ganguly’s room and turned the tap on during their early days of cricket in domestic circuits
26 Sachin was without a bat contract until the start of the 1996 Cricket World Cup. At the end of the tournament, a famous tire manufacturer-sponsored his willow
27 In 2002, Wisden ranked him the second-best player ever, after Sir Donald Bradman
28 He scored 2,278 runs across six World Cups, doing so at an astonishing average of 56.95
29 Sachin is the only player to play 200 Test matches.
30 Sachin has donated a portion of “Playing It My Way” revenue to Apanalaya.
31 Sachin was named after the great musician Sachin Dev Burman as his father was a big fan of SD’s music
32 Ravi Shastri, led Tendulkar onto the field on his Ranji debut.
33 Tendulkar grew his hair and tied a band around it to copy John McEnroe, a former tennis star of whom, he was a big fan
34 In 1992, he was the youngest of the lot to reach a 1000 runs in Test cricket.
35 Train from Shimla to Delhi was halted in a station, Sachin batting on 98, passengers, railway officials everyone waited for Sachin’s century.
36 Sachin have two 5 wickets haul in ODI, more than the great Shane Warne.
37 He is the first player to score ODI double century.
38 In his early days, he would go fishing for tadpoles and guppy fishes in the stream that ran through the compound of iconic Sahitya Sahawas at Bandra East.
39 Sachin prefers to prepare his morning Tea/ Coffee.
40 He is the first player to be adjusted out by the Third Umpire.
41 He got his 50thtest century while batting with his favorite vampire bat
42 Sachin’s mother has seen him bat for the first during his farewell match.
43 Apart from Cricket, Sachin loves Tennis.
44 He loves listening to Kishore Kumar and rock group Dire Straits
45 “You cannot fix a match until unless Sachin is out,” said a bookie.
46 In 1992, he was the youngest of the lot to reach a 1000 runs in Test cricket
47 Sachin was Man of the Series in the 2003 World Cup.
48 Sachin has scored 50+ in all the three World Cup semifinals he has featured.
49 He is the first Indian and Captain to own an Orange cap in IPL history.
Hope you enjoyed reading these 49 Interesting facts about Sachin.
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