Happy 42nd Birthday Sachin Tendulkar: Collection of His Unique Achievements

The son of famous Marathi author, Ramesh Tendulkar, and Rajni, employee in the insurance industry, The child prodigy of Cricket, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar married Anjali, six years elder, whose father Anand Mehta is a seven-time national bridge champion. Nicknamed as Tendlya, Bombay Bomber, Little Master, Master Blaster he became Indian living miracle as besides becoming the Youngest Indian to receive Bharat Ratna his achievements made the awards wait for their turn to be felicitated on him and he became the 1st native Indian to have postage stamp released (2013) in own lifetime, overall 2nd Indian after Mother Teresa.

“This little prick’s going to get more runs than you, AB.”
Merv Hughes commented to Allan Border (the earlier record holder of maximum test runs) when facing him and others 18 year old Sachin scored century on pacy Perth track in 1992.

The youngest became the greatest:
Sachin played international Cricket for almost 24 years and in the process created many records.
1. Youngest Test Debutant for India at 16 years and 205 days vs Pak at Karachi (15 Nov, 1989).
2. Youngest ODI Debutant for India at 16 years and 238 days vs Pak.
3. 119 at Manchester (199) vs England made him the 2nd youngest test centurion.
4. 2nd greatest Test batsman, behind Don Bradman, ranked by Wisden in 2002.
5. 2nd greatest ODI batsman, behind Sir Vivian Richards, ranked by Wisden in 2002.

Before International Cricket Life
1. Ball-boy during 1987 World Cup held at India.
2. Rejected by Denniss Lilliee in 1987 when he wanted to join MRF Pace Foundation at Chennai.
3. Substitute for Imran Khan’s Side on 20 January, 1987 during an exhibition match at Mumbai.
4. Gifted his own ultra light pads in 1987 by Sunil Gavaskar.
5. Created 664-run World Record partnership in 1988, which was broken in 2006.

Cricket Lifeline:
• 11 Years: Started Playing
• 14 Years: Selected for Mumbai
• 16 Years: Selected for Indian Team
• 19 Years: 1st overseas-born player to represent Yorkshire.
• 39 Years: Retired from ODI (23 Dec, 2012)
• 40 Years: Retired from Test Matches (October 2013)
• 40 Years: Retired from IPL and T20 formats (October 2013).
• Last Game: July 2014 as Captain of MCC Side in the Bicentenary Celebration match at Lord’s.

Debut Games
1. 15 runs scored in first Test innings.
2. 215 runs scored in 1st Test series (vs Pak)
3. 0 scored in 1st ODI in 1989.
4. Played Only Twenty20 International in 2006 (vs South Africa)

First Time
1. 1st International century in his 3rd series in Test vs England at Old Trafford.
2. 1st ODI century on 9 September, 1994 vs Australia at Colombo, playing his 79th ODI.
3. Started as Opener in 1994 at Auckland, New Zealand.
4. Indian team captain in 1996.
5. Maiden Twenty20 hundred scoring 100 runs (vs Kochi Tuskers) in IPL 2011.

Record of Centuries
He holds the centuries record of all sorts despite being out 27 times in the 90s during his international career.
1. 100 International Centuries (51 in Test, 49 in ODIs)
2. 81 Record equalling (of Gavaskar) First-Class Centuries
3. Only 2nd batsman after Sir Jack Hobbs (England) to score 11 test centuries vs Australia.
4. 100th international century (vs Bangladesh) on 16 March 2012, at Mirpur in Asia Cup.
5. 100 at the age of 15 years 232 days (vs Gujarat) made him the youngest centurion on debut in first-class cricket.
6. Only player to score a century on debut in all three of his domestic first-class tournaments (the Ranji, Irani, and Duleep Trophies)
7. 1st double century was 204* for Mumbai vs visiting Australian side in 1998.
8. 1st Player to score double century in ODI.

Run-Machine Records
Having played 664 highest numbers of Test (200), ODI (463) and one Twenty20, the run machine grabbed many batting records.
1. 1st Batsman to score 11,000 Test runs and beyond.
2. 1st Batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs and beyond.
3. Maximum 68 50s in Test Cricket and 96 50s in ODIs.
4. Record 1894 ODI runs in one calendar year (1998) by any cricketer.
5. Most number of runs in ODI (18426 in 463 ODIs)
6. Most number of runs in Tests (15921 in 200 Test matches)
7. Highest run scorer in one edition of World Cup (673 runs in 2003 WC)
8. Leading run scorer at 1996 (523 runs) and 2003 (673) World Cups.
9. Highest number of 6 centuries in World Cup matches.
10. Highest run scorer of World Cup editions, being first to cross 2000 runs.

On-Field Awards
1. 4 Man of the Series awards in Tests.
2. 13 Man of the Match Awards in Test Matches.
3. 62 Man of the Match awards in ODIs.
4. 15 Man of the Series awards in ODIs.
5. 8 Man of the Match awards in IPL
6. Best batsman, Best Captain, Player of the Series in IPL 2013

Off-Field National and International Awards and Honours
1. 1994 Arjuna Award
2. 1997 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award
3. 1999 Padma Shri
4. 2008 Padma Vibhushan
5. 2010 ICC Cricketer of the Year (Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy)
6. 2012 Honorary Member of the Order of Australia
7. 2013 Bharat Ratna
8. 2013 Postage stamp released by Indian Postal Service.
9. 2012 Nominated to Rajya Sabha

Non-Cricket Activities
1. Autobiography: Playing It My Way
2. Married: Paediatrician Anjali Mehta
3. Movie: Special appearance in the Bollywood film Stumped in 2003, appearing as himself.
4. Belief: Ardent devotee of Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi.
5. Runs two restaurants: Tendulkar’s and Sachin’s, in partnership with Sanjay Narang of Mars Restaurants.
6. Joint Venture on healthcare and sports fitness products under the brand name ‘S Drive and Sach’ with the Future Group and Manipal Group.
7. Co-owns Kerala Blasters, the Kochi ISL team in the Indian Super League Football in association with PVP Ventures.
8. Sponsors 200 underprivileged children every year through Apnalaya, a Mumbai-based NGO associated with his mother-in-law.

Set backs
1. 2003 was his worst year in Test cricket, with an average of 17.25 and just one fifty.
2. Failed in twin attempts as Captain.
3. Banned for ball tampering by Mike Denness in 2001 South Africa Tour.
4. Booed off the ground by Wankhede Crowd on 19 March 2006 after failing again with bat.
5. Criticised by Coach Greg Chappell on his attitude.
6. On 7 April 2007, the BCCI issued a notice to Tendulkar asking for an explanation for his comments made to the media against Coach Chappell.
7. Controversy over his attendance in Rajya Sabha proceedings.
8. Accused of not using development fund Rajya sabha members receive.

With Ramakant Achrekar as his first coach, he became the 1st overseas-born player to represent Yorkshire. He was 19 years old then. He is the 1st Sportsperson and 1st person without an aviation background to be awarded Group Captain honorary rank by the Indian Air Force.

July 2014, he captained the MCC side in the Bicentenary Celebration match at Lord’s as his last appearance on Cricket Ground. Now, he is the 1st active sportsperson and cricketer to have been nominated for Rajya Sabha. He is allotted seat Number 103 in Rajya Sabha, after taking oath on June 4, 2012.

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