Small facts about Sachin that you might not know.
l Sunil Gavaskar gifted the 14-year-old Sachin a pair of his own ultra-light pads. Those pads were later stolen while Sachin was at the under-15 national camp.
l Dilip Vengsarkar gifted Sachin a GM bat after he was selected for the Under-15 Bombay squad.
l Dennis Lillie rejected Sachin when he went to the MRF Pace Foundation to become a fast bowler.
l Sachin met Sourav Ganguly for the first time at the Under-15 national camp in Indore.
l Sachin and Gavaskar were both named among the 36 Bombay Ranji Trophy probables in 1987.
l Sachin was one of the ball boys during the 1987 World Cup held in India.
l Sachin, Waqar Younis, Salil Ankola and Shahid Saeed made their international debuts together in the 1989 Karachi Test.
l Sachin’s debut Test was Kapil Dev’s 100th.
l Sachin scored a duck in his ODI debut, which was against Pakistan.
l Sachin scored his first Test century against England at Old Trafford, Manchester, in 1990.
l Sachin’s first bowling figures in both Tests and ODIs are identical: 1-0-10-0.
l In the Kotla Test against Pakistan where Kumble took a perfect 10, whenever Tendulkar handed Kumble’s sweater and cap to the umpire at the start of an over, Kumble took a wicket. So he continued doing that until Kumble took all ten.
l Sachin was the first batsman to be given out by a third umpire in the 1992 Test series in South Africa. The umpire was Karl Liebenberg.
l A Magnum champagne bottle was gifted to Sachin when he scored his first Test hundred at Manchester in 1990. But he couldn’t open it as British rules didn’t allow those under 18 to do that. Sachin chose to wait for 8 years and popped it at his daughter Sara’s first birthday in 1998.
l Andrew Symonds once autographed a T-shirt especially for Sachin. It read: “To Sachin, the man we all want to be.”
l In the second ODI on the tour of New Zealand in 1994, Sachin opened the batting for the first time.
l Sachin has been involved in 20 century partnerships with Rahul Dravid totaling over 6000 runs. 18. It took Sachin 79 matches to score his first ODI century. After that, he scored 48 more.
l The highest number of centuries hit by Sachin at a single ground have come at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, where he has scored 7 ODI tons.
l Sachin visited London’s Madame Tussauds for the first time in 1988. Twenty years later, the museum had his wax statue.
l Sachin made guest appearance in a Bollywood movie titled ‘Stumped’ in 2003.
l The first product endorsed by Tendulkar as teenager was ‘Band-Aid’.
Compiled by Sumeet Naik