They say “All Big Things Have Small Beginnings” and our Little Master, Sachin Tendulkar, stands true to this saying. Beginning his career with humble beginnings, the Master Blaster, stood strong in the face of every bouncer that came his way to eventually to fill his scoreboard with one century after another.
Born on 24th April, 1973, as Tendulkar hits a steady 46 today, let us take a look at 6 interesting facts about the God of Cricket:
As his father, Ramesh Tendulkar was a fan of famed music composer Sachin Dev Burman, he decided to name him after him.
Sachin once wanted to become a fast bowler, but in 1987 he faced a major rejection by the Dennis Lillee's MRF Pace Foundation.
Veteran cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar, appreciating the talent in 14 years old Sachin, had gifted him with a pair of ultra-light pads, which were unfortunately stolen a year later, which is probably why he used to sleep with his gear during the early days of his career.
Talk about humble beginnings – the first car that Sachin ever owned was a Maruti -800!
When he was only 19 years old, he was the first player to play overseas, representing Yorkshire, while he was the youngest Indian player.
Sachin is also a philanthropist at heart. Every year he financially supports 200 underprivileged children through an NGO, Apanalaya, based in Mumbai.
Here’s a huge round of standing ovation to our very own Master Blaster as he completes yet another year of success of his life!