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Sachin Tendulkar Height, Age, Wife, Children, Family, Biography, Records & More

Bio/Wiki Full NameSachin Ramesh Tendulkar NicknameTendya Names EarnedMaster Blaster, God of Cricket, Little Master ProfessionCricketer Physical Stats & More Height (approx.)in centimeters- 165 cm in meters- 1.65 m in feet inches- 5’ 5” Eye ColourDark Brown Hair ColourBlack Cricket International DebutODI- 18 December 1989 against Pakistan at Gujranwala Test- 15 November 1989 against Pakistan at Karachi T20 - 1 December 2006 against South Africa in Johannesburg Last MatchODI- On 18 March 2012 against Pakistan at Dhaka Test- November 14-16, 2013 against West Indies at Mumbai T20 - 1 December 2006 against South Africa at Johannesburg (it was his only T20I) International Retirement• Announced his retirement from One Day Internationals on 23 December 2012 • On 10 October 2013 Tendulkar announced that he would retire from all formats of cricket after the two-Test series against West Indies in November Jersey Number#10 (India) #10 (IPL, Mumbai Indians) Domestic/State Team(s)• Mumbai • Mumbai Indians • Yorkshire Coach/MentorRamakant Achrekar

Some Lesser Known Facts About Sachin Tendulkar

  1. Does Sachin Tendulkar smoke?: No

  2. Does Sachin Tendulkar drink alcohol?: Yes

Sachin Tendulkar Drinking Alcohol

  1. He was born to a well-known Marathi novelist, Ramesh Tendulkar, at Nirmal Nursing Home in Dadar, Bombay.

Ramesh Tendulkar Playing With The Baby Sachin Tendulkar

  1. His mother, Rajni, worked for an Insurance Company.

Sachin Tendulkar Lying in The Lap of His Parents

  1. He was named after the famous Indian Music Director, Sachin Dev Burman.

  2. Sachin has 3 elder siblings (2 half-brothers Nitin and Ajit & a half-sister Savita). They were from his father’s first wife, who died.

  3. His formative years were spent in the “Sahitya Sahawas Cooperative Housing Society” in Bandra (East).

Sahitya Sahawas Cooperative Housing Society

  1. The young Sachin was considered a bully in his neighbourhood.

  2. He developed an interest in Lawn Tenis and started idolizing John McEnroe.

Sachin Playing Lawn Tennis

  1. It was Sachin’s elder brother, Ajit, who recognized his cricketing ability and introduced him to Cricket in 1984. He brought Sachin to Ramakant Achrekar at Shivaji Park in Dadar, Bombay (now in Mumbai).

  2. After being impressed with Sachin, Achrekar advised him to shift his schooling to Sharadashram Vidyamandir (English) High School in Dadar. Sachin moved to his aunt’s home in Dadar, as it was nearer to the school.

Sharadashram Vidyamandir (English) High School in Dadar

  1. He started practicing hard at the Shivaji Park, and during the net practice, Achrekar used to put a coin on the middle stump and offer the bowlers that he would give that coin to the bowler who would get the wicket of Sachin. He was so much into cricket that even after returning to home from the ground, he used to practice different cricketing tricks.

Sachin Tendulkar practicing at his home

  1. At Sharadashram Vidyamandir, he scored 329 out of a world-record stand of 664 along with Vinod Kambli.

  2. Soon, he became a case of the child prodigy at his school.

  3. He became a good friend of Vinod Kambli at Sharadashram Vidyamandir.

Sachin and Kambli

  1. His sister, Savita, had gifted to Sachin his first bat in his life.

Sachin Tendulkar With His Bat

  1. He initially wanted to become a fast bowler, however; when he went to the MRF Pace Foundation, Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee advised him to focus on his batting instead.

  2. At the age of 17, he met his wife Anjali for the first time at the Mumbai airport and got married to her 5 years later. The couple went on to become parents to Arjun and Sara.

Sachin Tendulkar With Arjun And Sara

  1. In an interview, his wife, Anjali, revealed that she went to Tendulkar’s house for the first time disguised as a journalist.

  2. Like any other person from a middle-class family, Tendulkar also had to hold down a job in order to make ends meet; he worked at an apparel manufacturer. [5]Time

  3. In 1990, Tendulkar did his first ad for Band-Aid. Two years later in 1992, he was endorsing Pepsi and was on his way to becoming cricket’s first millionaire.

  1. He is the co-owner of the Kochi ISL team in the Indian Super League Football League in India with PVP Ventures owned by Prasad V Potluri. 

  1. He made 15 runs in his Test Debut and zero (Duck) in his ODI Debut, both Vs Pakistan.

  2. When Sachin played for Pakistan– Although everyone knows that Sachin made his international debut in 1989 against Pakistan; however, very few would know that his first taste of international cricket was two years earlier, not playing for India but for Pakistan. In 1987, during a festival match between India and Pakistan at Mumbai’s Brabourne stadium, when Javed Miandad and Abdul Qadir left the field at lunchtime, Sachin was asked to field. Imran Khan placed him at long-on, and soon, Kapil Dev hit the ball in the air in Sachin’s direction; Sachin tried but could not reach the ball. [6]Times of India

  3. His first ODI century came after 79 matches when he made 110 against Australia in the third match of the Singer World Series at the R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo in September 1994; after five years of his debut in 1989. He made his first Test century on 14 August 1990 against England at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester.

Sachin Tendulkar First Test Hundred

  1. In the ten-year period between 1993 and 2002, Sachin Tendulkar’s Test average of 62.30 was the best by a distance.

  2. When talking about his test stats, against no team did he average less than 42- the lowest averages were against Pakistan (42.28) and South Africa (42.46).

  3. Sachin’s lowest test average, quite surprisingly, was in Zimbabwe- 40 in seven innings; it was also the only country where he didn’t score a Test century.

  4. He averaged more than 50 in Australia and England, 49.52 in New Zealand, and 46.44 in South Africa, countries where subcontinent batsmen have often struggled.

  5. Of the 329 innings he played in his Test career, 275 were at the No. 4 position. For the first 22 innings of his Test career, Sachin batted at number 6 or 7, but the change happened after he scored 148* against Australia in Sydney in 1992. In the second innings of the second Test, in Adelaide, Sachin moved up to No. 4- above Vengsarkar and Azharuddin. He scored only 17 in that innings but the next game was in Perth, and Tendulkar’s mesmerizing 114- in only his second innings at No. 4- settled matters. Matthew Hayden once said-

I have seen God. He bats for India at no. 4 in tests.”

Sachin Tendulkar Playing At Number 4

  1. He loves celebrating “Ganesh Chaturthi” festival and considers it as the most important day of the year.

Sachin Tendulkar Worshiping Ganesha

Apart from cricket he loves other sports like Tennis, Football and Formula 1 and is a huge fan of John McEnroe, Diego Maradona, and Michael Schumacher.

  1. He owned a restaurant in Colaba, Mumbai called “Tendulkar’s.” However, the restaurant couldn’t run longer and has been closed for business.

Sachin Tendulkar Restaurant

  1. He is the youngest Indian player ever to feature in Tests and ODIs at the age of 16.

  2. He is the first and the youngest Indian sportsperson to be awarded Bharat Ratna.

Sachin Tendulkar with Bharat Ratna

  1. In 2012, he was nominated to the Rajya Sabha where he served till April 2018.

  1. Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher gifted him a new Ferrari 360 Modena in 2002.

Sachin Tendulkar with Michael Schumacher

  1. He was a ball boy during the 1987 World Cup semi-finals between India and England at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

  2. In November 1992, on the second day of the test between India and South Africa at Kingsmead, Durban; Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman to be dismissed (run out) by using television replays. Karl Liebenberg was the third umpire who dismissed him.

  1. He is ambidextrous, i.e. he bats and bowls with his right hand but writes with his left hand.

Sachin Tendulkar Writing With His Left Hand

  1. In 2003, he made a special appearance in a Bollywood film called “Stumped.”

  2. Sachin Tendulkar is said to be so concerned with his game that when he was struggling to score runs throughout the 2003 season, he even changed the way he used to play. Earlier, he had been dismissed on a number of occasions driving at wide balls outside his off stump, and when he scored 241* against Australia in January 2004, there was no driving outside the off stump. His determination towards his game is still hailed by the cricket fraternity around the world.

  1. Tendulkar’s career span of 24 years and a day is the fifth-longest in Test history.

  2. With his first-class tally of 50,192, Tendulkar is the third non-England player, after Gordon Greenidge and Viv Richards, to enter the 50,000-first-class-runs club.

  3. Six times Sachin scored 1000 or more Test runs in a calendar year, the most by any batsman.

  4. Sachin Tendulkar is the youngest Indian and the third youngest overall to score a Test century. Had he scored a ton in his last Test innings, he would have been the oldest Indian to score a Test century as well.

  5. Tendulkar was dismissed ten times in Tests when he was in his nineties, the most for any batsman.

Sachin Tendulkar Nervous 90s Dismissal

  1. Twenty four years at the crease, Tendulkar faced 848 bowlers; if each one of them lined up to bowl one over at him, it would take nine full Test days plus a morning session.

  2. The 1998 Sharjah Tournament is considered to be his best tournament as he single-handedly helped India reach the finals and also made a significant contribution helping out India emerging victorious. 

  1. In 1999, Shoaib Akhtar collided with him during a Test match in Kolkata, resulting in his being ruled run out by the third umpire.

  1. On 24 February 2010, he became the first Cricketer to score a double hundred in an ODI. He set this benchmark against South Africa at Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, India.

Sachin Tendulkar 200 Not Out Against South Africa At Gwalior

  1. In 2008, his wax statue was erected in London’s Madame Tussauds.

Sachin Tendulkar Madame Tussauds

  1. He has his own personalized kit in which he carries a painting of Tri-color (Indian National Flag) by his daughter Sara.

Sachin Tendulkar With His Kit

  1. His upper-cut to Shoaib Akhtar for 6 during the 2003 World Cup is considered his epic shot ever by his fans. 

  1. Throughout his career, Sachin Tendulkar was known to play with a heavy bat and despite several injuries during his 24 year-long career, he never used a lighter bat. On using a heavy bat, Sachin says-

I used a pretty heavy bat and I was sometimes encouraged to move to a lighter one. Again, I did try but I never felt comfortable, as my whole bat swing depended on that weight. When I was hitting a drive, I needed the weight to generate the power. It was all to do with the timing. To me the bat should be an extension of your arm, and if you’ve reached the stage where it’s become an extension of your arm, why do you need to change?”

Some of the bats used by Sachin Tendulkar during his career

  1. Sachin has a magnum heart, and every year, he sponsors 200 underprivileged children through Apnalaya, a Mumbai-based NGO associated with his mother-in-law, Annabel Mehta.

  2. In May 2019, while posting a picture with Neha and Jyoti from the Banwari Tola village in Uttar Pradesh (the barbershop girls whose video went viral online; depicting the incredible story of taking over their father’s barbershop back in 2014 when he fell ill) through his official Instagram account, Tendulkar shared an image which was captioned, “A First for me! You may not know this, but I have never gotten a shave from someone else before. That record has been shattered today. Such an honour to meet the Barber Shop Girls. #DreamsDontDiscriminate

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A First for me! You may not know this, but I have never gotten a shave from someone else before. That record has been shattered today. Such an honour to meet the #BarbershopGirls and present them the @gilletteindia Scholarship. #ShavingStereotypes #DreamsDontDiscriminate

A post shared by Sachin Tendulkar (@sachintendulkar) on May 3, 2019 at 7:47am PDT

  1. Back in 1996 against Sri Lanka, when a young Shahid Afridi scored a blazing maiden century off 37 balls to create a new world record, he had used Sachin Tendulkar’s bat. Reportedly, Sachin had given his bat to Waqar Younis who later gave it to Afridi.

  2. In June 2019, while the ICC Cricket World Cup was going on in England, filed a civil lawsuit against Spartan Sports International, an Australian bat manufacturer; accusing it of using his name and image to promote products and then failing to pay him two million dollars in royalties. The company agreed in 2016 to pay him $1 million a year to use his image, logo and promotional services to sell “Sachin by Spartan” sporting goods and clothing.

Sachin Tendulkar Spartan Sports Controversy

  1. Sachin and Sourav Ganguly are childhood friends and in July 2019, on the birthday of Sourav Ganguly, he shared a photo of their under-15 days on his Instagram account.

Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly in Their Teenage

  1. Sachin has a passion for driving cars and during the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, he tried his hands in driving some vintage cars in London.

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Drove the 119 year old Veteran Car, thanks to @royalautomobileclub, Jeremy Vaughan and my dear friend @hormazdsorabjee An experience I shall always cherish.

A post shared by Sachin Tendulkar (@sachintendulkar) on Jun 26, 2019 at 5:48am PDT

  1. Being a passionate car enthusiast, he also drove a formula car for the first time in June 2019 in Prague.

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Being a passionate car enthusiast, I always had my eyes on driving a formula car. My dream of doing so came true when I got to drive one in Prague because of @apollotyresltd. The drive was fun and once I had the hang of it, I could drive faster.

A post shared by Sachin Tendulkar (@sachintendulkar) on Jun 4, 2019 at 5:51am PDT

  1. After his retirement from cricket, he mostly enjoys playing Lawn Tennis and Golf.

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My PGA moment!😬⛳🏌 @pgatour Enjoyed a round of golf with @amitbhatia100 #SneakPeek

A post shared by Sachin Tendulkar (@sachintendulkar) on Jun 24, 2019 at 11:55pm PDT

  1. Tendulkar was dismissed 681 times in his career and for just over 60% of those dismissals, he was out caught.

Sachin Tendulkar Dismissals

  1. In September 2019, in a LinkedIn video, he revealed that he had to “beg and plead” for the opener’s slot so that he could play in an aggressive manner. In the video, he said-

In 1994, when I started opening the batting for India, the strategy used by all the teams was to save wickets. What I tried to do was slightly out of the box. I thought I could go upfront and take the opposition bowlers on. But I had to beg and plead to give me a chance. If I fail, I won’t come after you again.”
  1. In September 2019, he took his fans down the memory lane by sharing old footage of him practicing on a water-logged pitch. The little-master can be seen practicing on a pitch that has standing water and the bowler is using rubber balls, bowling from a short distance.

Love and passion for the game always helps you find new ways to practice, and above all to enjoy what you do.#FlashbackFriday pic.twitter.com/7UHH13fe0Q — Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 27, 2019

  1. In October 2019, during an interaction with a group of students in Maharashtra, he revealed that he wasn’t selected in his first selection trials. He said,

When I was a student, the only thing in my mind was to play for India. My journey started at the age of eleven. I even remember when I went for my first selection trails, I was not selected by the selectors. At that time I was disappointed because I thought I had batted well, but the result was not as per expectation and I was not selected. But after that my focus, commitment and capacity to work hard increased further. If you want to realise your dreams, then short-cuts won’t help.”
  1. For much of his career, his exploits on the cricket pitch were solo efforts. At the peak of his career, his popularity had grown so massively that people would watch as long as Sachin was batting, and the moment he got out, they switched off their TV sets and went back to work, because they felt victory was no longer in the cards.

Ramakant Achrekar Watching Sachin Tendulkar Playing On Television

Check out more interesting facts here: Sachin Tendulkar Facts

References/Sources: [ + ]

1. ↑ The Hindu 2. ↑ India Today 3. ↑ ZEE News 4. ↑ Forbes India 5. ↑ Time 6. ↑ Times of India

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