Interesting stories about Sachin Tendulkar: Some lesser-known aspects of Tendulkar’s career

Interesting stories about Sachin Tendulkar – When you’re regarded as one of the finest batsman to have taken to the game of cricket, earning several accomplishments in a career spanning over 20 years, it is bound that you have a plethora of interesting stories to indulge in as well.  A continuous presence at the top of the order from 1989 onwards, Tendulkar’s 51 ODI centuries along with the 49 in test cricket saw him record over 30,000 runs in a career that saw him win almost every international and national cricketing and individual honour at hand.

Interesting stories about Sachin Tendulkar

A name that was always associated with scoring big innings, Sachin Tendulkar was someone in the cricketing fraternity who over time has also gotten several interesting stories to divulge in. Be it from being a ball boy in the 1987 world cup hosted by India, refusing to play a single ball in the nets during the 2003 world cup in which he was named man of the tournament to being the first batsman ever to be given out by the third umpire of a referral of a runout, we bring to you the different rousing reads from a career that was watched all over the world.

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Interesting stories about Sachin Tendulkar

Ball boy at the 1987 ODI World Cup

Having taken to the game from a young age, Tendulkar got his first glimpse of an international match during the Indian vs Zimbabwe match in the 1987 world cup in which he was a ball boy. He was 14 years old when he visited the Wankhede Stadium during that fortuitous encounter. It took him only two years more, at the age of 16 to play his first match for India in an ODI against Pakistan. It was a debacle of an opening exchange in his career though with him being dismissed for 0 in his first match and taking a massive 79 matches to score his first century.

Gifted pads by Sunil Gavaskar

After failing to make the cut for the Mumbai Cricket Association’s much coveted and revered Best Junior Cricketer award, Tendulkar was presented with Sunil Gavaskar’s own ultra-light pads. He went onto wear the pads of the ravishing and alluring Indian opener in his match against Pakistan.

Interesting stories about Sachin Tendulkar

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Interesting stories about Sachin Tendulkar

Fielded for Pakistan in a warm-up match

An incident that has not been talked about much and is a lesser known one, was alluded to by Tendulkar himself. During a one-day exhibition match between India and Pakistan on January 20, 1987, Tendulkar was sent as a substitute fielder for Pakistan, the first time ever he took to the field in a match featuring cricketers from the international arena.

Interesting stories about Sachin Tendulkar

First cricketer to be given out by the third umpire

South Africa vs India in 1992 became the first time ever that innovative technological advancements in the game went one step further with televised replays being made available to the third umpire. On the receiving end of the first ever decision made by the third umpire in cricket was Tendulkar who was adjudged to be run out by Karl Lienberg in the test series in South Africa.

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Attempting a risky single, an unwarranted one as he looked to break free of the shackles the South Africans had him in, Shastri sent Tendulkar back with Andrew Hudson running to the wickets to catch him short of his crease.

Interesting stories about Sachin Tendulkar

Interesting stories about Sachin Tendulkar

2003 Cricket World Cup

Scoring 673 runs in the 2003 ICC ODI Cricket World Cup, one that saw India go all the way to the finals before slumping at the final hurdle, Tendulkar who was named man of the tournament, refused to play a single ball in the nets in that edition of the resounding tournament. As mentioned by Rahul Dravid, Tendulkar didn’t want to waste his touch in the nets and wanted to save it for the matches.

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During the match against Sri Lanka in the same world cup, Tendulkar has talked about batting with tissues in his underwear. During his 97-run innings, he mentions an upset stomach the night before only went onto becoming more unsavoury on the day of the match which lead him to take the precaution during his uncomfortable stay in the middle.
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