Master Blaster, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, is undoubtedly a legend. Indian Cricket was drastically transformed when Tendulkar stepped in the team, and the rest is history. Addressed as the ‘God of Cricket’, Tendulkar has earned fame all around the globe, and has a timeless aura surrounding him. With shining records in his one pocket, and a glorious career in another, Do you know some of the lesser known facts about Sachin Tendulkar who has been an inspiration to millions of his fans.
Even though Sachin’s fans are obsessed with him and know everything about him, there are some facts that are not commonly known. Do you want to know what those facts are? Keep reading.
- In Pakistan’s Team
In 1987, Tendulkar was sent for Imran Khan’s team, as a substitute fielder. It was for an exhibition match, taking place between India and Pakistan. In his book “Playing It My Way”, Tendulkar wrote, “I don’t know whether Imran Khan remembers this or has any idea that I once fielded for his Pakistan team.” He was sent by the CCI Captain, Hemant Kenkre, when Imran Khan complained about being short of three-four players.
- Can’t Pop That Champagne
Tendulkar, in 1990, scored his first Test century as Manchester, and was gifted a Magnum Champagne bottle. However, since he was underage, he wasn’t allowed to open it. British rules are quite strict, and they do not allow people under 18 to do it. Sachin waited for 8 years, and finally popped the invaluable champagne bottle in 1998, at his daughter’s first birthday.
- Sachin’s Superstitions
Tendulkar is a superstitious person. He once revealed that after getting out, he refrained from watching the 2011 World Cup Final, due to superstitions. Even Virender Sehwag accompanied Tendulkar, and none of them watched the entire match, including the incredible winning six of MS Dhoni.
- Sara and Sahara
In 1997, during the Sahara Cup, Tendulkar played incredible innings, demolishing the wrathful attack of Australian bowlers, twice in two days, first time taking India to the finals, and the second time, winning the Sahara Cup. His daughter was born the same year, and she was named ‘Sara’, after the ‘Sahara’ Cup.
- Ambidextrous Tendulkar
Ambidextrous are those people who can use both their right as well as left hand perfectly well, with ease. Since Tendulkar uses his left hand for writing, whereas his right hand for bowling and batting, he is ambidextrous.
- Gavaskar’s Gift
When Tendulkar did not receive the title of ‘Best Junior Cricketer’ in the Mumbai Cricket Association, Sunil Gavaskar gifted him a pair of ultra-light pads, in order to console him. In 1989, Tendulkar wore these pads in Karachi, during his debut against Pakistan.
Although the God of cricket has retired with some known facts about him, we still cannot get enough of him. Even the word, Legend, is a small word to use for him, and he will always remain in our hearts.