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The century that the whole of India was awaiting finally arrived in Mirpur on March 16, 2012. We celebrate the occasion by presenting a century of facts about Sachin Tendulkar. 1 2 3 Sachin's father, Ramesh Tendulkar, was a professor of Marathi language and literature in Mumbai, and also a Marathi poet. Ramesh Tendulkar named his son after his favourite music director, Sachin Dev Burman. Sachin attended Sharadashram Vidyamandir where he was coached by the legendary Ramakant Achrekar whose other wards included Balwinder Sandhu, Vinod Kambli, Ajit Agarkar, Praveen Amre, Paras Mhambrey, Chandrakant Pandit and Sameer Dighe. Achrekar took his pupils through their paces at Shivaji Park in Dadar. Sachin revealed that a 'late cut' (slap) from Achrekar for skipping a match changed his life by making him practice harder and put in more hours into his game. During his school days Sachin visited the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai to train as a fast bowler. It did not take long for Dennis Lillee to advise him that he would be better off focusing on his batting. At the age of 14, Sachin was a ball boy for the match between India and Zimbabwe at the Wankhede Stadium during the 1987 World Cup. Sachin fielded for Pakistan as a substitute in an exhibition match between Pakistan XI and Cricket Club of India Golden Jubilee XI at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai in 1987-88. In the semi-finals of the Harris Shield in 1988, Sachin was involved in an unbroken 664-run partnership with friend and team mate Vinod Kambli against St Xavier's High School at Azad Maidan. Sachin made 326 not out while Kambli made 349 not out. Sachin went on to make another triple hundred - 346 - in the final. He averaged over a thousand runs in the tournament that year! On 11 December 1988, aged 15 years and 232 days, Sachin scored 100 not out for Bombay against Gujarat, making him the youngest Indian to score a century on first-class debut. He is the only player to score centuries on debut in the Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Irani Trophy. Sachin played his first Test match against Pakistan in Karachi in 1989 aged just 16 - he is the fifth youngest player in Test history. He made 15 runs before being bowled by Waqar Younis, who also made his debut in that match. In all, he scored 215 runs at an average of 35.83 in the Test series.



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When he was 14. Merv Hughes had the foresight to tell Allan Border.' Tendulkar later said. He scored his first ODI century in September 1994 against Australia in Sri Lanka at 17 years and 107 days . After losing the Chennai Test to India in 1997. We lost to a man called Sachin. When Sachin made his legendary 114 in Perth in the 1991-92 series. Sachin was dismissed without scoring a run in the first two One Day Internationals he played . He's also played club cricket in England for Lashings. In the 1993 Hero Cup final. 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 . including an over in which he scored 28 runs off Abdul Qadir.the first in Pakistan and the second in New Zealand. Sachin was the first batsman to be given out by the third umpire after being run out by Jonty Rhodes in a Test against South Africa at Durban during the 1992-93 series. 4. he made 1070 runs at an average of 46. Sachin was handed the ball by skipper Mohd Azharuddin and conceded just three runs as India romped home. AB. Sachin was told to open the batting against New Zealand at Auckland. He was chosen as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1997. In 1995. score a Test century with an unbeaten 119 against England at Old Trafford in 1990. He went on to make a colourful 82 runs off 49 balls. South Africa needed just six runs from the final over of the match. On the day of the Holi festival in 1994. It was a career-defining moment. a pediatrician and daughter of Gujarati industrialist Anand Mehta and British social worker Annabel Mehta. Sachin holds the record for the most Test centuries as a teenager . When he became the second youngest cricketer . 0.five. In 16 first class matches for the county. It had taken him 79 ODIs to reach three figures and open the flood gates. he was hit on the nose by a Waqar bouncer. Sachin married Anjali. In an exhibition game in Peshawar during that tour. 'We did not lose to a team called India.52 with one century. Sachin made 53 runs off 18 balls. but declined medical assistance and continued to bat even as blood gushed from the wound. 'This little prick's going to get more runs than you.12 In the final Test in Sialkot. Sachin played a solitary season of county cricket in 1992 when he became Yorkshire's first ever overseas player. he was wearing Gavaskar's pads. hitting him for 6. former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar gave him a pair of his own ultra light pads. Australian captain Mark Taylor said. 'It was the greatest source of encouragement for me. 6 & 6.

The victim was Glenn McGrath during the quarter final of the ICC knockout tournament in Kenya in 2000. Sachin was given a suspended ban of one game by match referee Mike Denness for alleged ball tampering in South Africa in 2001 after television cameras picked up images that suggested Tendulkar may have been involved in cleaning the seam of the cricket ball.Hayden. “The first thing I said was ‘Today I will hit you out of the ground’.894 . Sachin has opened the innings only once in Tests against New Zealand in Ahmedabad in 1999 when he was captain. The successive centuries in Sharjah in 1998 when he tore apart an Aussie attack that included a demoralised Shane Warne are part of Indian cricket folklore.were all lbw.” India won by 20 runs. Sachin's fastest international century came off just 71 balls in an ODI against Zimbabwe at Sharjah in 1998. He was bowled by Chris Cairns for 15. He bats at no.9.1. India won the game by 10 wickets with fellow opener Sourav Ganguly remaining unbeaten on 63. Sachin smashed 24 runs off an over by Chris Drum. During the Australian tour of India in help Mumbai gain the vital first innings lead in the company of the No. In the course of that knock.102. he was an able foil to Harbhajan Singh with the ball.for the year 1997-98. 4 in India in Tests. he has only sledged once. His three victims . 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 . Dravid 153). grabbing 3/31 in the second innings.and for good measure the most ODI centuries by any batsman in a calendar year . He got really angry and sprayed the ball around.11 batsman. Gilchrist and Warne . According to Sachin.15 to be precise. He scored the most ODI runs by any batsman in a calendar year . He finished on an unbeaten 124 which included 12 fours and 6 sixes. 1998 was truly Sachin's annus mirabilis. Sachin made his highest score in the Ranji Trophy . MS Dhoni would emulate him by winning the award ten years later. This was exactly what we wanted. Sachin has rated Mumbai's victory over Tamil Nadu in the semi-final of the Ranji Trophy at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in the 1999-2000 season as his most memorable moment in the tournament. Warne was so shell-shocked that he admitted he would go to bed with nightmares of Sachin hitting him for a six. Matthew Hayden said 'I have seen God. India was seeking quick runs in the second innings before a declaration.26 27 28 He was the first cricketer to win the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna . In 34 ODIs during the year he had a strike rate of over 100 . Sachin and Rahul Dravid hold the world record for the highest partnership in ODI matches when they scored 331 runs against New Zealand in 1999 (Sachin 186 .an unbeaten 233 off just 234 balls . Although Sachin failed with the bat in the legendary Kolkata Test against Australia in 2001.

Sachin broke Brian Lara's record for the most runs in Tests in Mohali against Australia in 2008 when he steered Peter Siddle to third man for three runs.000run mark. was subsequently handed the Test job as well. by James Foster off Ashley Giles. 8 and 0. with a life-size wax statue of the master blaster being unveiled in 2009 to coincide with his 36th birthday. Sachin was offered the job but he declined. Allan Border and Glenn McGrath were the others in the top five. During that innings Sachin also became the first player to cross the 12. Sri Lanka won the series 2-1. in Bangalore in 2001. Curtly Ambrose. He made just 95 runs in three Tests at an average of 15. After Rahul Dravid's resignation as Test captain in 2007. Sachin went on to sell the car to a businessman from Surat in 2011. His highest overseas score in ODIs is an unbeaten 163 against New Zealand in Christchurch in 2009. Sachin went on to make 98 to help India beat their arch rival for the fourth successive time in the World Cup.the highest in his career. Sachin is the first Indian sportsperson to enter Madame Tussaud's as a waxwork. who was already the ODI and T20 captain. Sachin was gifted a Ferrari 360 Modena by Michael Schumacher on behalf of Fiat in 2002 after passing Bradman's tally of 29 Test centuries.' MS Dhoni. saying 'I don't feel right about it at the moment. He was out three times for 99 in ODIs within the space of five months in 2007. He was on 90 at the time. He could have got more but had to retire hurt with five overs remaining. 0. The government's decision to waive duty on the car attracted flak. He was bowled by Charl Langeveldt for 10 though India eventually won by 6 wickets. edging out Brian Lara. Sachin's highest score in Tests (and in first class cricket) is 248 not out against Bangladesh in Dhaka in 2004/05. In the 2002 Test series in the West Indies. with scores of 0.37 38 Sachin has been stumped in Tests only once. 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 . he made thee ducks in his next four innings.83. ‘Tujhe pata hai tune kiska catch chhoda hai?' Wasim Akram asked Abdul Razzaq when the latter dropped Sachin during their clash in the 2003 World Cup. His worst performance in a series of two or more Tests was against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka in 2008. Shane Warne's countdown in The Times in 2007 of the greatest cricketers was topped by Sachin. He has played only one T20 International vs South Africa at Johannesburg in 2006. Sachin has made 14 ducks in Tests and 20 in ODIs. He had earlier taken the wicket of Justin Kemp. Sachin averaged 284 in that two Test series . who finished second. after making 79 and 117 in the first two Tests.

The Bharat Ratna is likely to follow sooner rather than later after the Government amended the criteria to make sportspersons eligible. Sachin's son Arjun played in the Harris Shield in 2011 for Dhirubhai Ambani School and took a stunning 8/22 with the new ball on debut. Sachin moved into a plush new five storey mansion in Mumbai's Bandra locality. The double ton came off just 147 balls with 25 fours and three sixes.51 Sachin became the first man to score a double century (200 ) in an ODI against South Africa in Gwalior in 2010. on the first day of Navaratri. With his 100th ton. Sachin reached his maiden Twenty20 hundred for Mumbai Indians against Kochi Tuskers Kerala. when he averaged 91. scoring seven hundreds and averaging a decent 51. In the previous season in 2010. It was a world record until Virender Sehwag raced past it in December 2011. Sachin now has scored centuries against all the other 9 Test playing nations in both Tests and an average of 78. He slammed 100 not out off just 66 balls.25. He is only the second man after Ricky Ponting to accomplish the feat.5 in ten Tests. which was his first in ODIs against Bangladesh. jointly with Sehwag. for most boundaries in an ODI . He has also captained India in 73 ODIs. In September 2011. Mohd Azharuddin was credited with saying 'Nahin jeetega! Chote ki naseeb main jeet nahin hai!' Of the four highest civilian awards given by the Government of India. He reached the landmark with a single off Charl Langeveldt from the third ball of the 50th over. He is the only cricketer to get the Padma Vibhushan. Astrologer Bejan Daruwalla predicted that it would be lucky for him though there has not been much evidence of that so far! His 100th ton against Bangladesh in Mirpur was his joint slowest in ODIs taking 138 balls . he had racked up 618 runs. His most successful year in Tests in terms of runs scored was 2010 when he collected a massive 1562 runs . Sachin however still holds the world record. his most successful year was 2004. In terms of batting average. His last five Tests as captain all ended in defeats. In September 2010 Sachin was made a Honorary Group Captain by the Indian Air Force.1. Sachin has been awarded the Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan.along with his ton against Sri Lanka at Sharjah in 2000. and drew 12. winning only 23 of them. which remains a record for a single IPL season.the fourth highest in a calendar year . Sachin has captained India in 25 Tests. lost 9. He won his first two Tests as captain but his overall record was disappointing: won 4.35. In the 2011 IPL. 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 .

'Why 70 and not your actual average of 99?' Bradman said. an average of 70 is not bad for a 90-year-old man. and she looked at him on television and said yes. stroke production. but I feel that this player is playing much the same as I used to play.his compactness. In Sachin's words. 'I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique. He is the eleventh highest wicket taker for India in ODIs with 154 wickets including two five wicket hauls to his credit. Mumbai) and Sachin's (Mulund.. Sachin revealed later that the Don had an impish sense of humor.7 was 41 against Pakistan at Lahore in his debut series.9 Chaminda Vaas. Sachin has been dismissed 27 times in the 90s in international cricket . 'Sir Don.10 times in Tests and 17 times in ODIs .equaling a record set by Ken Barrington. His bunny in ODIs was Inzamam-ul-Haq who he dismissed 7 times.63 Sachin has opened two restaurants: Tendulkar's (Colaba. there is a similarity between the two. Sachin owns these restaurants in partnership with Sanjay Narang of Mars Restaurants. The bowler who has dismissed him the most in Tests is Muttiah Muralitharan (8 times) followed closely by James Anderson (7). technique.' I asked. 'I once told my partner 'Will you please take Hansie for me? I don't mind playing Allan Donald'. 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 . Brett Lee and Shaun Pollock. '70 – probably. along with Shane Warne.. what would you have averaged?' And he said. three bowlers have dismissed him the maximum times .both world records. 'We were talking about averages and I said.7 .one spot behind Sir Donald himself. In ODIs. so I asked my wife to come look at him. Mumbai) and Bangalore. His highest at No.. 'Come on.on four occasions. When Sir Donald Bradman chose his dream cricket XI shortly before his death. it all seemed to gel!' Sachin went to visit the Don at his home in Adelaide on his 90th birthday. The lowest position Sachin has batted in Tests is No. Sachin has said that the bowler who gave him the toughest time was the late Hansie Cronje who dismissed him five times in Tests. Now I never saw myself play. Sachin was chosen to bat at No. if you were playing today. As the Don once said. the last of which came in 1991. He also had the satisfaction of dismissing Brian Lara four times.4 ..'' He has brought up his century with a six four times in Tests . Sachin has taken 45 wickets in Test cricket .his first victim was Merv Hughes at Sydney in the 1991/92 series.

Of his 51 Test centuries. Only 12 of his 49 ODI tons have come away though. Sachin has also won 62 Man of the Match awards in ODIs . Sachin has never played with a runner in his entire life. Overall. By his own admission. Ajit is absolutely the person I trust most when it comes to batting. Of his 49 ODI tons. 29 have come away. 20 have resulted in victories. The Sri Lankan are next with 17 tons scored off them. In ODIs. Sachin is numero uno among Indians with 194 sixes and third overall behind Shahid Afridi and Sanath Jayasuriya. He has a higher average on several other grounds though . Sachin has scored over a thousand runs on two grounds. Of his 100 tons. 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 . Sachin has won 14 Man of the Match awards in Tests .a world record with the last one coming in the 2011 World Cup semi-final against Pakistan in Mohali. Ajit. 'Only I know where the ball is going and how hard. 'If there is any problem in my batting I always speak to him. something my runner will never know about. Sachin has hit 67 sixes in Tests which puts him joint 12th in the all time list and second among Indians behind only Virender Sehwag who has 88. Sachin wrote a letter to the ICC seeking a change in the format of ODIs from two innings of 50 overs to four innings of 25 overs each but the ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat rejected the idea. In Indian record. even in school cricket.the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. His favourite opponent when it comes to reaching three figures is Australia against whom he has made exactly one fifth of his 100 tons. neither in India . 42 have come on Indian soil and 58 overseas.6 with five centuries. including at least one against each of the other nine Test playing countries.the highest being at Dhaka (266). 33 have resulted in victories. 53 of his 100 international tons have resulted in wins. Of his 51 Test tons.' he said. The captain under whom he scored the most tons is Mohd Azharuddin (33) followed by Sourav Ganguly (24) and MS Dhoni (19). where he's scored 1096 runs and the Sharjah Cricket Stadium where he's piled up a massive 1778 runs. The biggest influence on his career is his older brother.' said Sachin. Only 13 of his tons came under his own captaincy.76 Sachin's favourite hunting ground in Tests is the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai where he has made 876 runs at an average of 87. when I hit the ball. The country in which he has scored the most tons after India is Sri Lanka with 10.

Cameron White. Ujesh Ranchod. Monty Panesar. In five Tests and three ODIs there. 1-0-0 . Sachin has managed to take 113 catches in Tests. his highest score is just 37. Eleven bowlers have claimed Sachin as their first Test wicket: Hansie Cronje.90 Sachin's boyhood idol was John McEnroe although they were poles apart temperamentally. Sachin also holds the record for most international fifties (not including centuries) in both Tests and ODIs.everyone used to call me “Mac” because I styled myself on him. Mark Ealham. Sachin is the most followed cricketer on Twitter with over two million followers. Sachin is superstitious like most other cricketers – he always puts on his left pad before his right. Although Sachin never completed his schooling. he has received honorary doctorates from the University of Mysore and Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences. He has unfortunately never scored a century at the Mecca of cricket . I made my father buy me the same headbands and sweatbands and even grew my hair long. It could have been seven but Rahul Dravid infamously declared the innings at Multan in 2004 when Sachin was unbeaten on 194. who has 71.' said Sachin later. the third highest for India after Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman.a total of 160.three at home and three abroad. Nine others have done so in ODIs. Sachin has hit six double centuries in Tests . Neil Johnson. He's hit 65 fifties in Tests and 95 fifties in ODIs . Peter George and Andy McKay. Sachin suffered the mortifying experience of being booed by his home crowd in Mumbai after being dismissed for 1 off 21 balls against England in a Test in 2006 at the Wankhede Stadium. 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 Sachin is 29 centuries ahead of his nearest rival. Despite not being a specialist slip fielder. Jacob Oram. 'I was the only one supporting John McEnroe . Peter Siddle. Ricky Ponting. Ruwan Kalpage. You wouldn’t believe the pictures of me from that time.Lord's in Tests or ODIs.