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Happy Birthday, Sachin Tendulkar - The Little Master.

Sachin has inspired many people worldwide with his batting

On his 47th birthday, I’ll be sharing 47 interesting pointers which includes stories, anecdotes and trivia on Sachin

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1. Sachin Tendulkar was named after music director Sachin Dev Burman. As a child, Sachin was quite mischievous & once fell down from a mango tree. That's when his elder brother Ajit took Sachin to Achrekar Sir at Shivaji Park. Sachin was nervous & didn't play well initially
2. Achrekar sir advised Sachin to change his school to Shardashram Vidyamandir. Young Sachin would practice a lot & when he got tired, Achrekar sir kept one-rupee coin on the top of the stumps. If Sachin remained unbeaten he would get the coin. Sachin still treasures those coins
3. In the 1987-88 Harris Shield, Sachin scored 125, 207* (QF), 326* (SF) & 346* (Final). In the 5 games,he scored 1025 runs & was a sensation in Mumbai. After his knock of 326* in the SF, Sachin went to the adjacent pitch & scored 178* in another game.Had immense run-hunger at 14
4. On February 24, 1988, Sachin & Vinod Kambli recorded 664-run partnership in the SF of the 1987-88 Harris Shield.. This was the then World Record. Kambli scored 349* & Sachin scored 326*. This knock proved to be a turning point in Sachin's life. At 15, he batted in India nets
5. At 14, Sachin attended MRF Pace Foundation trials but didn’t impress Dennis Lillee with his bowling. Sachin did bat in the academy against some good bowlers.
In 1987 in an exhibition match to mark 50 yrs of the CCI, Sachin actually fielded for Pakistan side as a substitute.
6. In 1988, Sachin faced Kapil Dev for the first time in the India nets and looked comfortable. Soon Sachin, who was 15, was picked for Mumbai Ranji Team. He scored a century on Ranji Trophy debut against Gujarat at the Wankhede Stadium
7. In his 1st season for Mumbai, Sachin scored 583 runs in 7 games with 6 50s & 1 ton. He was the top run-getter for Mumbai.

Sachin was ignored for the WI tour. Selectors wanted to spare him from WI pacers. Sachin was disappointed & said: 'If I'm hit, I'll only learn faster."
8. Sachin was picked for the Rest of India v Delhi in the Irani Cup. In the 2nd innings when the 9th wkt fell, Sachin was on 89*. Raj Singh Dungarpur (Chairman of Selectors) asked injured Gursharan Singh to bat. Sachin completed a ton. At 16, he was selected in the Indian team
9. Aged 16 years 205 days, Tendulkar became India's youngest debutant. He made his Test debut in Karachi.

Sachin was out for 15 bowled by another debutant Waqar Younis.

Sachin thought this would be his last Test. But his best was yet to come.

10. In the 2nd Test, Sachin scored his maiden Test fifty in Faisalabad. In the 4th Test in Sialkot, Sachin was hit on the nose by a Waqar delivery.
Sachin stayed on & hit the next ball for a four. He scored 57 in Sialkot.
Scored a 0 on ODI debut & was dropped for next 2 ODIs
11. Sachin was part of India's team that toured NZ in 1990. In the 2nd Test at Napier, Sachin was unbeaten on 80 at the end of Day 3. He was 20 away from being the youngest Test centurion. On Day 4, Sachin hit 2 fours & the was caught at mid-off by Wright off Morrison.
12. Aged 17 years 112 days, Sachin Tendulkar scored his maiden Test century against England at Old Trafford in 1990.

India managed to save that Test match.

Sachin was awarded Player of the Match - his first in international cricket

13. Sachin won his first Player of the Match Award in ODIs - in 1990 v SL in Pune.
Sachin picked 2 wickets & scored 53 (41).
His first ODI wicket came in this match - Roshan Mahanama
14. Scored 148* v Australia at the SCG in 1992 - thus becoming the youngest player to score a Test ton in Australia. Scored 114 at the bouncy pitch in Perth - a pitch where rest of the Indian batting struggled
15. In 1992, Sachin Tendulkar became the first overseas signing for Yorkshire. In 16 FC games, Sachin scored 1070 runs.
Sachin was a replacement for Craig McDermott - who the club had signed initially. Since McDermott had a groin injury he backed out
16. In the year 1992, Sachin played his first WC. He scored 3 fifties - v Pakistan, Zimbabwe & NZ.

India toured SA from Nov-Jan (4 Tests & 7 ODIs)

At Durban, Sachin became the 1st batsman to be given out by the 3rd umpire.

Sachin scored a fine 111 in the Johannesburg Test
17. In 1993, Sachin scored his maiden international century in India - 165 v England at Chennai.

This was Sachin's fifth Test ton & he was just 19!

18. In the 1993 Hero Cup SF, Sachin bowled the final over (which was his 1st in the match) & defended 6 runs. India went on to win the final - Sachin took the crucial wicket of Brian Lara.

19. In 1994, Sachin opens for the first time in ODIs. This was v NZ at Auckland. He scored 82 off 49 balls & won the Player of the Match award. His next four scores as an opener - 63, 43, 63 & 73. The one-off move in Auckland paid rich dividends & Sachin became a regular opener.
20. In his 79th ODI, Sachin finally scores his maiden century. It was against Aus at Colombo (RPS).
Sachin then registers hat-trick of ducks & a score of 8.
He then scores his 2nd ODI ton: 115 v NZ at Vadodara. Then 105 v WI at Jaipur. Was one of the best ODI openers in 1994
21. In the 1994/95 Ranji Trophy season, Sachin scored 856 runs in 5 matches which included 5 tons & one fifty. Scored hundreds in each innings in the final v Punjab (140 & 139).
His best score was 175 (141) [22 fours & 8 sixes] v Baroda at the RCF Ground, Mumbai
22. Sachin Tendulkar Scored 523 runs in WC 1996 (highest run scorer) including tons v Kenya (127*),SL (137).Scored 90 v Aus,70 v WI, 65 v SL. Had no bat sponsor. Got approached by 2 sponsors midway into the WC. But Sachin refused (felt it would distract him)
23. In 1995, WorldTel signed a multi-million dollar deal with Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin—the brand became quite popular. Mark Mascarenhas changed the life of the Little Master. In 2001, Sachin struck a 100-cr deal with WorldTel
24. Sachin scores quality tons v England at Edgbaston & Trent Bridge in 1996. India lose the Test series & ODI series. Sachin was vice captain for 2 seasons. The selection committee felt Azharuddin wasn’t upto the mark.
So at 23, Sachin Tendulkar was ready to take the captaincy
25. At 23 years 126 days, Sachin became India's youngest ODI captain. Under Sachin's captaincy India won the inaugural Border-Gavaskar Trophy and then went on to win the Titan Cup. But India lost in SA, WI (failed to chase 120 in Barbados) & Asia Cup. Azhar became capt. in 1998
26. Hit his first First-Class Double hundred against touring Australia for Bombay at the Brabourne Stadium. Attacked Shane Warne & didn't let him settle. In Chennai, Warne got him out for 4 but in the 2nd innings Sachin scored 155*. Scored 177 in Bengaluru. Was in top form
27. 1998 was one of the best years for Sachin. He scored 9 ODI tons & scored 1894 runs. Played 2 of the finest knocks v Australia at Sharjah - 134 & 143. Hit his 18th ODI ton - world record. Scored 141 & took 4 wickets v Australia in the ICC Knockout Trophy
28. During 1999 World Cup, Sachin's pillar of strength - his father Ramesh - died. Sachin came back to India and attended his father's funeral. He went back to England and scored 140* v Kenya at Bristol. On reaching his century, Sachin looked at the sky & raised his bat
29. At Chennai, Sachin scored 136 v Pakistan and he was suffering from back spasms. India lost the Test by 12 runs. Sachin was awarded Man of the Match. He didn't come to collect the award. As per coach Anshuman Gaekwad, Sachin was weeping in the dressing room & was disappointed
30. Sachin Scored his maiden double hundred in Tests at Ahmedabad v NZ in 1999. In the 2nd innings, Sachin opened the batting — the only time he did so in Tests
31. In 2001, Sachin became the first batsman to complete 10000 ODI runs (v Australia at Indore).
Also takes his 100th ODI wicket (in Goa).
In the famous Kolkata Test, Sachin dismissed Gilchrist, Hayden & Warne in the final session on Day 5. India won the Test by 171 runs
32. Scores 2 ODI tons in the NatWest Series - v SL & Eng.
Goes past Sir Don Bradman in terms of No. of Test tons (30) v England at Leeds. Plays his 100th Test at The Oval in 2002. At 29 years and 134 days, Sachin is the youngest to play 100 Tests
33. Sachin Tendulkar was awarded Player of the Tournament in the 2003 World Cup. He finished the tournament with 673 runs which included a fine 98 v Pakistan, 81 v Zimbabwe, 50 v Eng, 97 v SL, 83 in the SF v Kenya. His only ton came v Namibia (152)
34. Picks crucial wickets of Martyn & S Waugh at Adelaide. India won by 4 wickets. Sachin scored 241* at the SCG in the final Test. Didn't play a single cover drive. That innings is regarded as one of his best. India level the series 1-1 v Aus
35. Sachin hit 194* v Pakistan at Multan in 2004. The same year he registered his highest Test score - 248* v Bangladesh at Dhaka. With that ton he equalled Sunil Gavaskar's record of 34 Test tons
36. In 2005, Sachin Tendulkar scored his 10000th Test run thus becoming the first batsman to register 10K runs in ODIs and Tests. In December 2005, Tendulkar scored his 35th Test ton (v SL in Delhi) and became the player with most Test hundreds
37. In 2006, Sachin Tendulkar played his only T20I (India's first T20I) v South Africa at Johannesburg. He picked up the wicket of Justin Kemp & scored 10 runs. Tendulkar has 2 T20 wickets - Justin Kemp & Manoj Tiwary
38. In 2007, Sachin Tendulkar is out on 99 thrice in ODIs - v SA (Belfast), v Eng (Bristol) & v Pak (Mohali). Gets out 7 times in the 90s in international cricket in 2007!
39. In 2008, Sachin scored 154* in the SCG Test and 153 at the Adelaide Oval.
In the 1st final of the CB Series, he scored 117* - thus scoring his first ODI ton in Australia. In the 2nd final Sachin scored 91. India won their first tri-series in Australia
40. Scored 103* v England at Chennai as India chased 387. Sachin dedicated this hundred to the victims of 26/11 attacks. Scores a match-winning 160 in the Hamilton Test.
138 v SL in a tournament final in 2009. Scored 175 v Aus but India lose by 3 runs!
41. On February 24, 2010 Sachin Tendulkar became the 1st man to score ODI double hundred - v SA at Gwalior.

In IPL 2010, Sachin won the Orange Cap. He scored 618 runs which included 86 fours and ONLY 3 sixes. He was the 1st Indian to win the Orange Cap

42. In 2010, Sachin hit his 50th Test ton (v SA, Centurion). Hit 146 at Cape Town--51st & last Test ton
In WC 2011, Sachin scored 482 runs which included 120 v Eng & 111 v SA. Hit 50s in QF v Aus (53) & SF v Pak (87)
India win the WC & this is Sachin's first WC win in 6 attempts
43. On March 16, 2012 Sachin Tendulkar became the first cricketer to hit 100 international hundreds (v Bangladesh at Mirpur).
In the next ODI, he scored 52 v Pakistan & this was Sachin's last ODI.
M 463 Runs 18426 Avg 44.9 100s/50s 49/96 - Stellar record
44. On November 16, 2013, Sachin Tendulkar finished his international cricket at his home ground. That was his 200th Test. He scored 74 in that Test. One of the finest moments was when Sachin thanked the pitch. His speech was so good. Made the entire world quite emotional
45. Sachin Tendulkar became the first sportsman to receive Bharat Ratna. He is the youngest Indian to receive the award.

Sachin has the most - international runs (34357), international tons (100), Most POTM awards in ODIs (62)

46. Sachin Tendulkar won his last Test, last ODI, last FC game, last IPL game, last T20 game, last T20I.
He ended his IPL career with a six (got retired hurt after that). Scored an IPL ton when he was nearly 38. Sachin was indeed born to play cricket
47. Sachin Tendulkar has played with 989 cricketers in his international career—141 Indians & 848 opponents. Wrote all 141 Indian cricketers Sachin has played with out of memory. Thanks for inspiring our generation
85 v Pakistan. Sorry for the mistake
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