1. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar ( i /? s ? t? ? n t ? n ? d u? l k ?r/; born 24 April 1973) is a former Indian cricketer and captain, widely regarded to be the greatest cricketer of all time. He took up cricket at the age of eleven, made his Test debut on 15 November 1989 against Pakistan in Karachi at the age of sixteen, and went on to represent Mumbai domestically and India internationally for close to twenty-four years.
2. He is the only player to have scored one hundred international centuries, the first batsman to score a double century in a One Day International, holds the record for most number of runs in both ODI and Test cricket, the only player to complete more than 30,000 runs in international cricket.
3. 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.
4. Tendulkar was born at Nirmal Nursing Home in Dadar, Mumbai on 24 April 1973 in a Maharashtrian family. Ramesh named Tendulkar after his favourite music director, Sachin Dev Burman.
5. Tendulkar has three elder siblings: two half-brothers Nitin and Ajit, and a half-sister Savita.
6. They were Ramesh’s children from his first marriage. He spent his formative years in the Sahitya Sahawas Cooperative Housing Society in Bandra (East).
7. As a young boy, Tendulkar was considered a bully, and often picked up fights with new children in his school. To help curb his mischievous and bullying tendencies, Ajit introduced him to cricket in 1984.
8. He introduced the young Sachin to Ramakant Achrekar, a famous cricket coach and a club cricketer of repute, at Shivaji Park, Dadar.
9. In the first meeting, the young Sachin did not play his best.
10. Ajit told Achrekar that he was feeling self-conscious due to the coach observing him, and was not displaying his natural game.
11. Ajit requested the coach to give him another chance at playing, but watch while hiding behind a tree.
12. This time, Sachin, apparently unobserved, played much better and was accepted at Achrekar’s academy.
13. Achrekar was impressed with Tendulkar’s talent and advised him to shift his schooling to Sharadashram Vidyamandir (English) High School, Tendulkar would practice for hours on end in the nets.
14. If he became exhausted, Achrekar would put a one-rupee coin on the top of the stumps, and the bowler who dismissed Tendulkar would get the coin.
15. If Tendulkar passed the whole session without getting dismissed, the coach would give him the coin.