New Delhi: The right-handed batsman commonly known as 'God of Cricket' Sachin Tendulkar has turned 44 on Monday. Born in a Marathi family, Sachin was the youngest kid in the family with two elder brothers, Nitin, Ajit and sister Savita.
Sachin's first interest was Tennis but in the younger age, his elder brother introduced him to cricket in 1984. Ramakant Achrekar was the famous coach of his time.
Master Blaster is known for grabbing a number of records and has changed the face of World Cricket. Here are top 10 facts we bet you did not know about Sachin-
- The legendary batsman is named after music composer and singer, Sachin Dev Burman.
- Humble beginnings! He was a ball boy during the 1987 semi-final between India and England.
- He once fielded for Pakistan as a substitute during a one-day practice match against India at the Brabourne Stadium in 1988.
- At 19, he became the youngest Indian to play county cricket. His first car was a Maruti-800.
- For his debut Test against Pakistan, he wore pads gifted to him by Sunil Gavaskar.
- He was the first-ever batsman to be declared run-out by the third umpire in an international game against South Africa in 1992.
- He even managed to give Shane Warne nightmares. The former Australian cricketer once revealed that his nightmares were full of "Sachin coming, dancing down the track and lofting me over for yet another six!"
- He was the first batsman in the history of ODI cricket to score 10,000 runs. Tendulkar made the record during his 266th match in 2001.
- The batsman was the first person without an aviation background to be awarded the honorary rank of Group Captain by the Indian Air Force.
- A ward in New Delhi's Tihar Jail is named after Tendulkar. Another ward in the prison is named after Vinod Kambli, with whom Tendulkar shared a 664-run unbroken partnership in a school match.