Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar
Nickname: Master Blaster, Maestro, God of Cricket
Profession: Cricketer (Retired), Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha 2012-2018)
Autobiography: Playing It My Way (2014)
Biopic: Sachin: A Billion Dreams
Height (approx.): 5’5″
Weight (approx.): 65 Kg
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Hair Colour: Black
Date of Birth: 24 April, 1973
Age (as on 2018): 45 years
Birth Place: Mumbai
Zodiac sign/Sun sign: Taurus
School: Indian Education Society’s New English School in Bandra East (Mumbai), Shardashram Vidyamandir School in Dadar (Mumbai)
College: Khalsa College, Mumbai
Educational Qualifications: College Dropout
Father: Late Ramesh Tendulkar (Novelist)
Mother: Rajni Tendulkar (Worked as an Insurance Agent)
Sister: Savita Tendulkar (Elder, Half-sister)
Brother: Nitin Tendulkar(Elder, Half Brother), Ajit Tendulkar (Elder Half-brother)
Coach/Mentor: Ramakant Achrekar
Address: 19-A, Perry Cross Road, Bandra (West), Mumbai
Test: Pakistan v India at Karachi, Nov 15-20, 1989
ODI: Pakistan v India at Gujranwala, Dec 18, 1989
During debut series in Pakistan
Jersey Number: 10 (India), 10 (Mumbai Indians)
Domestic/State Team: Mumbai, Yorkshire, Mumbai Indians
Nature on field: Calm
Likes to play against: Australia
Favourite Shot: Straight Drive
- Most test runs: 15921
- Most ODI runs: 18426
- Most International appearances: 664
- Only batsman to score 100 International hundreds
- First to score ODI double hundred
- Most runs in Cricket World Cup: 673 (2003 WC)
- Most ODI runs, hundreds in a calendar year: 1894 runs and 9 centuries (1998)
Career Turning Point: NA
Hobbies: Playing Tennis, driving, listening music
Batsmen: Sunil Gavaskar, Sir Vivian Richards, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
Bowlers: Wasim Akram, Anil Kumble, Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan, Glen McGrath
Favourite Cricket Ground: Sydney Cricket Ground, Wankhede Cricket Stadium
Favourite sports personalities: John McEnroe, Roger Federer
Favourite Food: Bombay Duck, Prawn Curry, Chingri Prawns, Mutton Biryani, Sushi, Baigan Bharta, Crab Masala
Favourite Actors: Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit, Aamir Khan, Nana Patekar
Favourite Films: Sholay, Coming to America
Favourite Musicians/Singers: SD Burman, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Bappi Lahiri, Dire Straits, U2
Favourite Destinations: New Zealand, Mussoorie
Cars Collection: Nissan GT-R, BMW “30 Jahre M5″Limited Edition, BMW i8, BMW X5 M50d, BMW 760Li, BMW X5M
Girlfriends, Spouse and Children
Marital Status: Married
Wife/Spouse: Anjali Tendulkar (Pediatrician)
Marriage Date: 24 May 1995
Children: Sara Tendulkar (Daughter), Arjun Tendulkar (Son)
Net Worth: 1066 crore INR (as on December 2017)
Awards and recognitions
- Tendulkar was conferred with India’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna, in 2014. He is the youngest first ever sportsperson to receive the award.
- Tendulkar received the Arjuna Award in 1994 for his outstanding sporting achievement, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 1997, India’s highest sporting honour, and the Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan awards in 1999 and 2008.
- Tendulkar is the first sportsperson and the first person without an aviation background to be awarded the honorary rank of group captain by the Indian Air Force.
- In 2002, Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack ranked Tendulkar the second greatest Test batsman of all time, behind Don Bradman, and the second greatest ODI batsman of all time, behind Viv Richards.
- In 2012, he was named an Honorary Member of the Order of Australia.
- In 2010, Time magazine included Sachin in its annual Time 100 list as one of the “Most Influential People in the World.”
- In 2013, he was the only Indian cricketer included in an all-time Test World XI named to mark the 150th anniversary of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.
- In 2003 Cricket World Cup, Tendulkar was the player of the tournament.
In 2001, Tendulkar was slapped with a ban of one game by match referee Mike Denness in light of alleged ball tampering. Television cameras suggested that he may have been involved in cleaning the seam of the cricket ball.
Lesser Known Facts
- Tendulkar is referred to as the ‘God of Cricket’ by Indian cricket followers.
- Tendulkar took up cricket at the age of eleven.
- Tendulkar was involved in an unbroken 664-run partnership in a Lord Harris Shield inter-school game against St. Xavier’s High School in 1988 with his friend and teammate Vinod Kambli.
- In 1987, at the age of 14, Tendulkar attended the MRF Pace Foundation in Madras (now Chennai) to train as a fast bowler, but Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee, who took a world record 355 Test wickets, was unimpressed and suggested that he should focus on his batting instead.
- Sachin served as a ball boy in the 1987 Cricket World Cup when India played against England in the semifinal in Bombay.
- On 20 January 1987, Tendulkar turned out as substitute for Imran Khan’s side in an exhibition game at Brabourne Stadium in Bombay.
- In 1992, at the age of 19, Tendulkar became the first overseas-born player to represent Yorkshire, which prior to Tendulkar joining the team, never selected players even from other English counties.
- Sir Donald Bradman considered Tendulkar to have a batting style similar to his. In his biography, it is stated that “Bradman was most taken by Tendulkar’s technique, compactness and shot production, and had asked his wife to have a look at Tendulkar, having felt that Tendulkar played like him. Bradman’s wife, Jessie, agreed that they did appear similar.
- Tendulkar, by a distance, is the most worshipped cricketer in the world. One of the most popular sayings by his fans is “Cricket is my religion and Sachin is my God.” However, on God, Tendulkar himself is reported to have said “I am not God of cricket. I make mistakes, God doesn’t.
- Tendulkar made a special appearance in the Bollywood film Stumped in 2003, appearing as himself.
- Tendulkar sponsors 200 underprivileged children every year through Apnalaya, a Mumbai-based NGO.