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36 Facts About Sachin Tendulkar you didn't know

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•  He was named after music director Sachin Dev Burman by his father.

•  He grew his hair and tied a band around it to copy idol John McEnroe. He was even called John McEnroe by his friends.

•  He admires Boris Pecker, Pete Sampras and Diego Maradona.

•  Eventually Sachin wanted to be a fast bowler and he even went to the MRF Pace Academy, but head coach Dennis Lillee asked him to concentrate on batting.

•  Sachin has scored big runs on Indian festivals like Raksha Bandhan, Holi, Diwali and Gokulashtmi.

•  He loved competitions like I-can-eat-more-vada-pavs-than-you with cricket buddies Vinod Kambli and Salil Ankola.

•  He is an admirer of sea-food, and even co-owns a restaurant.

•  Sydney Cricket Ground is his favorite.

•  He loves Kishore Kumar and rock group Dire Straits.

•  He is a Ganesh devotee, and visits Siddhi Vinayak temple in early hours of the morning.


•  He wears his left pad first and has the tricolor pasted inside his kit bag.

•  Remembers every Test dismissal, especially the bowlers who dismissed him.

•  He likes to dunk his glucose biscuits into his tea.

•  Although he bats with his right hand, he eats and autographs with his left.

•  He used to sleep with his cricket gear during his junior days.

•  He refused to shoot for a soft-drink ad of him smashing cricket balls with a fly swatter. He reportedly told the film maker “That would make me greater than the game.” The ad was later modified: He hit the balls with a stump.

•  He is a fast car fiend who likes to tear down Mumbai‘s roads at 4 a.m.

•  He fell from a tree on a Sunday evening during the summer vacation when Guide was showing on national TV. His brother Ajit packed him off to cricket coaching class as punishment.

•  He came back from four-month tour of Australia after the 1992 World Cup and turned up to play for his college, Kirti College, in April 1992.

•  He was without a bat contract during the 1996 World Cup  where he emerged as the highest run-getter.

•  His coach Shardashram Ramakant Achrekar used to offer him a rupee as a prize to any bowler who dismissed him. If he remained not out, the coin belonged to Sachin. That he still has a large chunk of coins tells us the story.

•  Fielded for Pakistan as a substitute during a one-day practice match against India at the Brabourne Stadium in 1988.

•  Was a ball boy during the 1987 World Cup semi-final between India and England at Wankhede.

•  The first ad he shot  was for a sticker plaster.

•  In school, he was once mistaken for a girl by a good friend Atul Ranade because of his long curls.

•  Amitabh Bachchan became his biggest hero after watching Deewar and Zanjeer.

•  He used to play tennis ball cricket and darts during rain breaks.

•  He sang and whistled with Vinod Kambli during their 664-run record stand in the Harris Shield in 1988 to avoid eye contact with the coach’s assistant who wanted to declare while the duo wanted to bat on.

•  Teammate Paveen Amre bought him his first pair of international quality cricket shoes.

•  Was a bully at school but was kind to cats and dogs. His first captain, Sunil Harshe, said that he loved to pick a fight. Every time he was introduced to someone, his first reaction was, ‘Will I be able to beat him?’

•  Used to go fishing for tadpoles and guppy fishes in the stream that ran through the compound of Sahitya Sahwas, his building in Bandra East.

•  Made his mother once look for a frog bhaji recipe.

•  The nanny who looked after him is now universally called Sachuchi bai.

•  Colony watchman’s son Ramesh Pardhe, who was his playmate, said Sachin would ask him to dip a rubber ball in water and hurl it at him. He wanted to see the wet marks on his bat to find out whether he had middled the ball correctly.

•  A prankstar, he once put a hose-pipe into Saurav Ganguly’s room and then turned on the tap. Ganguly about to find his gear floating.

•  He calls Ganguly ‘Babu Mosai’, and Saurav calls him ‘Chota Babu’.

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