Do you know Sachin Tendulkar was the first one to be given out by the third umpire in International cricket? He achieved the rare and rather unfortunate feat against South Africa in 1992. However, most of you might have already known this fact due to the popularity of DRS and third umpiring in today’s cricketing world. Sachin Tendulkar, the master blaster, had written a book named ‘Playing it My Way’ in which he has shared some of the rare tales from his heyday that you might not know about. Today we take a look at some of the lesser-known Sachin Tendulkar facts.
1- Who does not remember the epic run of Sachin Tendulkar in World Cup 2003, which helped India reach the finals. However, before that could happen, Sachin suffered misfortune and perhaps the most embarrassing moment of his career when he batted with an upset stomach in the Super 6 games against Sri Lanka. Tendulkar somehow still managed to get to 97 runs, but personally, he could not feel the joy he wanted to in that match. He had to bat with tissues in his underwear due to a horrible case of diarrhoea. Sachin even went to the washroom during the drinks break to change his underwear.
2- Sachin Tendulkar is big on superstitions. Almost everyone knows that he sat at exact one spot with Virender Sehwag during the finals of the 2011 World Cup. However, one might not know that Sachin always wears his left pad first before going out to bat. In the match where Anil Kumble took all 10 wickets in an inning, Sachin continued to hand Kumble the ball himself before his over due to his belief that whenever he handed Kumble the ball before over, he took a wicket.
3- Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli were once dubbed the rising superstars of Indian cricket. Their partnership at the school level has become a legend over the years. You will be shocked to learn that the master blaster’s average in Test cricket is lower than Vinod Kambli’s. Sachin played 200 Test matches at an average of 53.78, while Kambli played only 17 matches for India with an average of 54.20.
4- Sachin Tendulkar, the only man with 100 centuries in International cricket, waited 8 years to open up the champagne bottle he received as a gift after scoring his first century. In 1990 he scored his first international ton against England and was given a bottle of champagne to celebrate his success, but the little star was underage at that time, and the English law required a person to be at least 18 years of age to consume alcohol. This prompted Sachin to save the champagne for the occasion of his daughter’s birthday in 1998.
5- Do you remember Shahid Afridi’s blitzing knock against India in which he became the fastest batter to cross the hundred run mark in ODIs at that point in time? Now, here comes a fact that will blow your mind, Sachin Tendulkar lent one of his bats to Afridi before his turn at the bat, and the Pakistani batter made full use of that to pile misery on the Indian bowling unit.
6- Sachin Tendulkar, the pride of India, technically represented Pakistan in a game of international cricket before making his debut for India. He subbed in as a fielder for Pakistan in 1987 during an exhibition match between India and Pakistan. Therefore, two years before he made his actual debut, he had already represented Pakistan in a game.
7- Sachin had an exciting bet with his coach Ramakant Achrekar during his early days. He received a unique coin from the coach if he could bat through an entire session of the game without being dismissed. Sachin has 13 such coins that showcase his strong will and determination.
8- Sachin Tendulkar wanted a reprieve from his famous personality and once tried watching a movie in the theatre by wearing a disguise. He went to watch Roja in 1995 and used a fake beard and glasses to make himself unrecognizable. However, things did not go smoothly as he was recognized by the audience when his sunglasses fell off.
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