” All my life, I have had a dream of playing cricket for India. I have been living this dream every day for the past 24 years. ”
Sachin Tendulkar – man who is considered next to God on the the cricketing field. He is the most secular God in India – with worshipers from each caste, creed, religion or any another distinction that one may think of. In an effort to acknowledge his career and service to nation, following is collection of some of the rarest known interesting facts about the little master :
10) ‘ Sir, I promise I will deliver ! ‘
Sachin Tendulkar had always been a keen one on practicing at nets. His commitment and resolution to play for the country began at a very young age. Surprisingly, he has 13 coins from his coach Ramakant Achrekar. He would win a coin if he could get through an entire session of nets without being dismissed !
9) ‘ Yes, he middled it ! ‘
During those days, when The Little Master was young, technologies weren’t as good as modern day’s. There were no hi tech practice facilities. However, the difference between possible and impossible lies in a person’s determination. Growing up, Sachin Tendulkar would ask his friend Ramesh Pradhe to dip a rubber ball in water and hurl it at him. He wanted to see the wet marks left on the bat to know whether he had middled the ball.
8) ‘ Collecting the ball on the ropes, his dream was just around the corner, he knew he would be hitting it soon ! ‘
During the 1987 World Cup semi final between India & England, 11 fours were hit by Graham Gooch, the great England batsman. A lot of people saw the ball sail towards the boundary. Fans had their hearts in their mouth, seeing the Indian bowling getting slaughtered. However, right on the ropes of the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, the young Sachin Tendulkar was busy collecting those fours – Yes, he was a ball boy during the semi final ! Very soon, this very ball boy debuted for India and the rest is history.
7) ‘ Yes, he’s made his mark is a jail too ! ‘
Now the caption does sound confusing. But the fact is, that there are two wards in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail, one named after Sachin Tendulkar and another after Kambli. The duo shared a 664 run unbroken partnership in an inter school match. The pair sang and whistled during their 664-run record stand to avoid eye contact with the coach’s assistant, who wanted to declare while the duo wanted to bat on. Sachin ended on 326 not out.
6) ‘ He lived cricket but loved MCENROE ‘
Sachin Tendulkar is a big fan of tennis legend John McEnroe. In his formative years, McEnroe was Tendulkar’s idol. The young Sachin pleaded his parents to get a similar headband and wristbands like McEnroe. Also take one look at his childhood snaps and the McEnroe styled shock of hair on his head tells everything.
5) ‘ Bowl or Bat ? ‘
Sachin Tendulkar wanted to become a fast bowler, but when he was rejected by Dennis Lillee’s MRF Pace Foundation in 1987. Lillee told the young Tendulkar to focus on his batting. The other youngster turned away by Lillee along with Tendulkar was Sourav Ganguly.
4) ‘ If you can’t stop him, blame the bat ‘
English fast bowler Allan Mulally playing in his debut Test against India complained that Sachin Tendulkar was batting with a bat broader than the normal willow. That’s how much Tendulkar had psyched the bowler with his brilliant batting.
3) ‘ In the words of the legend.. ‘
“He scored a fantastic 148 in Shane Warne’s debut Test in Sydney and then followed it up with another century at Perth, one of the toughest pitches in the world, where Indians have traditionally struggled. The value of his hundred increased because all the other Indian batsmen struggled.
His weakness is the fact that he is so talented. His adrenaline pumps strongly when he walks out to bat with the noise of the crowds. You can’t hear yourself think with that noise.
I would pay $1000 to watch Sachin Tendulkar bat.
To score a 148 at Sydney – and that too when you are 18 — was out of the ordinary though the wicket was a lot like the ones you encounter in India, flat with lots of runs for the taking…….”
The above facts are told by Allan Border.
2) ‘ A wonder with the ball – An unnoticed event ‘
Everyone remembers Vangipurappu Laxman (281) and Rahul Dravid’s (180) 376-run partnership against Australia in a Kolkata test in 2001 after being asked to follow on. But many have forgotten Tendulkar’s three wickets in the second innings, including those of Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist, to trigger the collapse.
1) The Third Umpire
Last but not the least. this fact is a real interesting one. Sachin Tendulkar has always been known for runs and related statistics. However, it was SACHIN TENDULKAR, who finds his name in record books for being the first player to be given out by the third umpire through television replays. It was in Durban, during the year 1992 , when in an attempt to get a risky single, he was run out – courtesy an excellent diving flick on to the stumps by South African fielder JONTY RHODES.