Sachin Tendulkar Facts
- Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is named after music director Sachin Dev Burman.
- Sachin first attended the MRF Pace Foundation to train as a fast bowler, but switched to batting on the advice of Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee
- Sachin Tendulkar is ambidextrous
- Sachin and his childhood friend Vinod Kambli scored 664 runs in an unbroken partnership in a school game.
- Sachin sponsors 200 underprivileged children through the Apnalaya NGO in Mumbai
- Sachin made his first class debut on December 11, 1988 at the age of 15 years, 232 days.
- Sachin Tendulkar is the only player to score centuries on debut in Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Irani Trophy
- He made his International debut against Pakistan at the age of 16. He wore the pads given by his cricketing hero Sunil Gavaskar on his debut.
- Sachin always puts his left pad first and then his right while getting padded up for batting
- Sachin Tendulkar is the leading run scorer in Test and One Day cricket.
- Sachin Tendulkar is the only batsman in the history of Cricket to score a double century in a One Day International match.
- Sachin is the only player to score fifty centuries in test cricket. He has 99 centuries in both test and ODI matches combined.
- He received Padma Shri in 1999, India's fourth highest civilian award
- Sachin received Padma Vibhushan in 2008. Padma Vibhushan is India's second highest civilian award