TosNews brings to you a series of five sets which include compilation of 51 facts about living legend Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who recently was invited to Rio Olympics by International Olympic Association as “Goodwill ambassador”.
The first set of 10 facts, which you might not know:
1: Sachin Tendulkar was named after legendary music director Sachin Dev Burman by his father, who was a great fan of SD Burman.
2: After Sachin Tendulkar fell from a tree one Sunday evening during his summer vacations, when the movie ‘Guide’ was being telecast on national TV, infuriated brother (and mentor) Ajit, packed him off to cricket coaching class as a punishment!
3: Thanks to Dennis Lillee because of whom the world was able to see the greatest cricketing entertainer of all time. Tendulkar wanted to be a fast bowler and even went to the MRF Pace Academy but head coach Dennis Lillee asked him to concentrate on batting while rejecting him as a bowler.
4: Has scored big runs on Indian festivals like Gokulashtmi, Raksha Bandhan, Holi and Diwali
5: 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 left on the bat to find out whether he had middled the ball correctly
6: Was a ball boy during the 1987 World Cup match between India and Zimbabwe at Wankhede.
7: Teammate Praveen Amre bought him his first pair of international quality cricket shoes.
8: Wears his left pad first. Has the Tri-colour pasted inside his kit bag.
9: Sachin bats with his right hand but autographs and eats with his left.
10: Likes to dunk his glucose biscuits into his tea and have them with a spoon.