When the word cricket comes, one name definitely pops up in everyone’s mind that’s Sachin Tendulkar.
He is a symbol of cricket, and due to his milestone records and stats, people revered the 5’5” little master as the God of Cricket.
He is the biggest factor why cricket exploded into popularity. Moreover, he made cricket a religion from sports in the subcontinent.
Since making his debut for India at 16, Sachin has achieved almost everything one can dream of.
From 100 international centuries to being the leading scorer in ODI (18,426) and Test (15,921) cricket, he has many more records to his name.
In 2011 Sachin finally got his hand at cricket’s most coveted prize (ICC World Cup) in India.
Let’s check some of Sachin’s quick facts before looking in-depth into his professional and personal life.
|Full Name||Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar|
|Birth Date||24th April 1973|
|Birth Place||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Nick Name||God of cricket, Master Blaster, Little Master, Tenaya|
|Caste||Rajapur Saraswat Brahmin|
|Education||Indian Education Society’s New English School, Sharadashram Vidyamandir School|
|Father’s Name||Late Ramesh Tendulkar|
|Mother’s Name||Rajini Tendulkar|
|Siblings||Nitin Tendulkar, Ajit Tendulkar (brother), and Savita Tenduakr (sister)|
|Age||50 Years Old|
|Height||1.65 m (5 feet 5 inches)|
|Weight||70 kg (136.68 lbs)|
|Body Measurement||Chest (38 inches), Waist (30 inches), Biceps (13 inches)|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Batting Style||Right Hand Batsman|
|Bowling Style||Right-arm medium, leg break, and off-break|
|Marital Status||Married (1995)|
|Children||Sara Tendulkar (daughter), Arjun Tendulkar (son)|
|Net Worth||INR 1110 crore|
|Domestic Team||Mumbai, Yorkshire, East Bengal, Mumbai Indians,|
|Hobbies||Perfume, Watches and CD collection, Music|
|Social Media||Twitter, Instagram, Facebook|
|National Team||India Cricket Team|
|Test Debut (cap 187)||15th November 1989 Vs. Pakistan|
|ODI Debut (cap 158)||18th December 1989 Vs. Pakistan|
|T20I Debut (cap 11)||1st December 2006 Vs. South Africa|
|International Runs||15,921 (Test), 18,426 (ODI)|
|ICC Ranking||Not available|
|Last Update||November, 2023|
Sachin Tendulkar | Childhood and Early Years
Sachin Tendulkar, the famous Indian Cricketer, was born on 24th April 1973 in Dadar, Bombay, to his father, Ramesh Tendulkar, and mother, Rajni Tendulkar.
Sachin’s father was a famous Marathi novelist and poet. Likewise, his mother was an insurance industry employee.
Sachin Tendulkar was named after Sachin Dev Burman, who was his father’s favorite music director.
He also has three elder half-siblings, half-brothers Nitin and Ajit, and a half-sister Savita from Ramesh’s first wife.
Tendulkar spent most of his time in the Sahitya Saha Cooperative Housing Society during his childhood.
He mostly used to pick fights with new children in his school and was considered a bully and troublemaker.
Before cricket, he played tennis, idolizing American tennis player John McEnroe. Later, in 1984 his brother Ajit introduced him to cricket to improve his behavior.
Sachin’s first coach was reputed coach Ramakant Achrekar. But in their first meeting, Sachin didn’t play according to his talent.
So, his brother requested to give him another opportunity. Later, while Ramakant hid behind the tree, Sachin showed his potential.
Beginning of the cricketing journey
When Sachin trained under Ramakant, he studied at the Indian Education Society’s New English School.
But, the coach advised him to transfer to Sharadashram Vidyamandir (English) High School after seeing his natural game.
Sachin trained under Ramakant morning and evening at Shivaji Park. Due to a tight schedule, he moved near the park to stay with his uncle.
Sachin practiced on the net for hours after completing the training. If he became tired, the coach placed a coin on stumps, and whoever dismissed him would get to keep it.
However, if Sachin completed the session without being out, he would get the coin. He mentions getting 13 coins.
Sachin was considered a child prodigy featuring an ordinary conservation player in cricket.
Besides school cricket tournaments, he played for John Bright cricket club in Kanga League.
Likewise, in 1987 Sachin joined MRF Pace Foundation, intending to become a pace bowler.
However, Australian pacer Dennis Lillee was not impressed and suggested Sachin entirely focus on his batting.
A few months later, Sunil Gavaskar, a former Indian cricketer, gifted Sachin his own ultra-light pads and comforted him not to get discouraged for not winning Best Junior Cricket Award.
In Cricket World Cup, Sachin became the ball boy in a semi-final match between India and England in the same year.
Next year in 1988, Sachin scored 100 in every match he batted. In the Lord Harris Shield Inter school match, he formed 664 runs partnership with Vinod Kambli against St. Xavier High School.
He scored 326 in the game. Moreover, that partnership became a world record partnership that remained until 2006.
Sachin Tendulkar | Professional Career
Sachin made his debut for India in a test match against arch-rival Pakistan. On his debut, he managed to get 15 runs.
Overall he scored 215 runs in the test but did not score any runs in ODI. Later, he became the youngest debutant for India in Test and ODI.
On India’s tour of England, he scored his first test century against England on 14th August 1990. He made unbeaten 119 runs in the second test.
Likewise, before the 1992 Worldcup, he made 148 not out against Australia, becoming the youngest ever to score a century against Australia.
Rise to stardom
Sachin’s performance peaked in his early twenties. He made his first ODI century (110) against Australia on 9th September 1994.
Later, in the 1996 ICC World Cup, he became the tournament’s leading scorer, which included two centuries. But his team fell to Srilanka in the semis.
Later in early 1998, Sachin scored three successive test centuries on Australia’s tour of India.
Moreover, in the first ODI match on 11th April 1998, he took his first 5-wicket haul, finishing with 5/32 in ten overs.
During the 1991 cricket world cup, Sachin’s father died. He flew back to his home, missing the game against Zimbabwe, to attend his father’s final rituals.
After returning to the next match, he scored an unbeaten 140 against Kenya and dedicated his century to his late father.
In the 2001 India tour of South Africa, Sachin was handed a one-match ban for ball-tampering charges.
In the same year, against Australia, he took his 100th ODI wicket dismissing Australian skipper Steve Waugh.
Later, in August 2002, during the third test against England, Sachin broke Sir Donald Bradman’s record of the 29th test century.
In the 2003 World Cup, Tendulkar scored 673 runs in 11 innings to help India reach the final. However, defending champion Australia retook the trophy home, but Sachin earned the Player of the Tournament award.
Following the World Cup, India toured Australia. In the last test match, Sachin spent 613 minutes and scored his first double century unbeaten 241 runs.
On 10th December 2005, in the match against Sri Lanka, Sachin scored a record-breaking 35th test century.
In the 2007 World Cup, Tendulkar batted at the lower order and scored 64 runs in three matches as India crashed out from the group stage only.
After a horrible world cup campaign, Sachin thought of retiring, but Vic Richards and Ajit Tendulkar convinced him to play.
Later, in Future Cup against South Africa, Sachin became the first batsman to score 15,000 ODI runs.
Likewise, in the Australia tour of India’s second test match, Sachin scored 88 runs to break Brian Lara’s then-record for most test runs.
On 24th February 2010, Sachin made 200 not out against South Africa, becoming the first male cricketer to score a double century.
In the 2011 ICC World Cup, Sachin finally won cricket’s most coveted prize after India defeated Sri Lanka in the finals. He mentioned winning the world cup as the proudest moment of his career.
He was India’s highest run-scorer scoring 482 runs, including two centuries, and averaging 53.55 runs.
Later, on 8th November 2011, Sachin became the first and only batsman to reach 15,000 test runs.
Likewise, on 16th March 2012, in the Asia Cup match against Bangladesh, Sachin finally scored his 100th international century.
Moreover, Sachin is the first and only to achieve that milestone. In his historic knock, he scored 114 runs off 147 balls.
During the inaugural IPL season, Sachin was selected as an iconic player and captain for Mumbai Indians.
Later, in the 2010 season, Mumbai reached the finals but lost to arch-rivals CSK. However, he broke most runs in a single IPL season scoring 618 runs in 14 games.
He also won Best Player, Best Batsman, and Best captain of the tournament award.
In 2011 Sachin scored his first T20 century (100 off 66 balls) against Kochi Tuskers Kerala.
He played his last match for Mumbai in the 2013 Champions trophy final against Rajasthan Royal. His team claimed the trophy, and Sachin scored 14 runs in the match.
Sachin retired from IPL, scoring 2,334 runs in just 78 matches. To honor him, Mumbai retired his jersey number 10.
Sachin Tendulkar | Retirement and Outside Cricket
Rajya Sabha Nomination
In April, Sachin was nominated to Rajya Sabha by the Indian President. Moreover, he became the first active athlete to be nominated.
Later, on 4th June, he took the oath of office. However, he declined to take a house in New Delhi allocated by the government, saying it was a waste of taxpayers’ cash.
Since being nominated to Rajya Sabha, he has donated his entire monthly salary to the Prime Minister Relief Fund.
Sachin retired from international cricket on 10th October 2013 after a test home series win over West Indies.
BCCI arranged both test matches in Kolkata and Mumbai as per his request. In his last innings scored 74 runs.
India Today organized a day-long Saalam Sachin Conclave to mark his retirement, where several National and International cricketers, politicians, and Bollywood figures spoke about Sachin.
However, he retired from the ODI format on 23rd December 2012 after a poor performance in the England tour of India.
Likewise, he retired from T20I in 2006, mentioning he would not play this format again.
Sachin retired with the highest run-scorer in Test (15,921 runs) and ODI (18,426 runs). Likewise, he is the only cricketer to record 30000 runs in international cricket.
Furthermore, Sachin holds another amazing milestone for recording the most centuries in Test (51) and ODI (49).
Sachin also has a record of most centuries in International cricket with 100. In addition, in 1998, he set the record for most ODI runs in a single year with 1,894 runs.
During a poll of the Greatest Indian organized by Outlook India, Sachin was ranked eighth. Later, in 2019 ICC inducted him into the Cricket Hall of Fame.
Sachin Tendulkar | Personal Life
Sachin Tendulkar is married to Anjali Metha. She was born on 19th November 1967. She is the daughter of industrialist Anand Metha and social activist Annabel Metha.
Anjali is a pediatrician and philanthropist. However, she gave up her professional career for her personal life.
Anjali mentioned she does not regret her decision as she used to have difficulty balancing her work, children’s, and Sachin’s cricket matches.
Anjali has always supported his husband in every step of his career.
Sachin mentioned in his biography that she helped him to get his confidence when he could not deliver as a skipper.
Sachin and Anjali’s Love story
They, for the first time in the airport when Sachin returned from England tour, and Anjali went to pick up her mother.
At the time they met, Anjali did not have any knowledge about cricket. However, later, she learned everything about cricket.
During their dating life, they always had uninterrupted dates. Anywhere they went, fans for photos and autographs surrounded Sachin.
Later, after five years of dating, they married on 24th May 1995 at Crown of Jewel, Mumbai.
Sachin Tendulkar and his wife Anjali are blessed with two children, daughter Sara and son Arjun.
Sara was born on 12th October 1997. She completed a medical degree from University College London.
Arjun was born on 24th September 1999. His son is also a cricketer like him. However, unlike his father, Arjun is a bowler.
Arjun has already represented the India U-19 team and Mumbai cricket team. Likewise, he was selected by Mumbai Indians in the 2021 IPL but could not play due to injury.
Sachin Tendulkar | Investment and Charity
Sachin Tendulkar owns two hotels in Mumbai named Tendulkar’s (Colaba) and Sachin’s (Mulund). He opened these restaurants in 2002.
Sachin is a stakeholder in Smaaash Entertainment, founded in 2009. The company facilitates the experience of sports stimulation tech and leisure activities.
He is also a stakeholder of Sachin, a personal care brand inspired by Sachin himself.
Likewise, he is the co-owner of the Indian Super League franchise Kerala Blasters FC. Moreover, Kerala named Blasters after Sachin’s nickname Master Blaster.
However, he sold his stake after four years in 2017. Likewise, he also owns Premier Badminton League Club, Bengaluru Blasters.
In 2016, Sachin partnered with Arvind Fashion Brands limited to launch the men’s apparel brand True Blue.
Later, in the same year, Sachin’s wife, Anjali, opened the sports management company SRT Sports Management Pvt. Ltd.
Moreover, all of the commercial and social engagements or initiatives are managed by Sachin himself.
Sachin Tendulkar is UNICEF ambassador for South Asia. He has been lending his hand to support awareness programs such as AIDS, Polio disease awareness programs.
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi appointed him to raise cleaning and sanitation awareness during Swachh Bharat Mission.
Later, India Today Group awarded Sachin with the most effective Seeachhta Ambassador to achieve Swachh Bharat goals.
Through Apnalaya (A Mumbai-based NGO), he sponsors 200 underprivileged children yearly.
His request on Twitter helped to raise US$ 140k for the Crusade against cancer foundation.
Likewise, in 2011 he helped a 12-hour Coca-Cola-NDTV Support My School telethon to raise US$930k. The money was later used to build basic facilities in 140 government schools around the nation.
In March 2020, Sachin donated INR 25 lakh to the prime minister relief fund and Maharashtra chief minister relief fund.
Later in April 2021, he donated INR one crore to purchase oxygen concentrator instruments to the Mission oxygen group.
He donated blood during world blood donor day and urged people to donate blood to spread awareness.
Sachin Tendulkar | Sponsors and Net Worth
Sachin Tendulkar has several sponsors under his bag. He signed his first sponsorship deal in 1989, aged 16, with Johnson & Johnson.
Likewise, he has been associated with Boost for the past 25 years. Similarly, he has been endorsed by ESPN Star Sports since 2002 and Toshiba since 2010.
In 2018 Appolo Tires signed him as a brand ambassador for five years. Besides that, he has been the brand ambassador of BMW and Mustafir since 2012 and 2013.
Sachin is also the brand ambassador of luxurious watchmaker Audemars Piguet. Lastly, since 2020 he has tied an endorsement deal with Paytm First Games.
Previously, Sachin also had a sponsorship deal with MRF, Pepsi, Adidas, Britannia, TVS, Airtel, Castrol Indi, VISA, Philips, Colgate-Palmolive, Canon, Sanyo BPL Fiat Palio, and SunFest.
Thanks to Sachin Tendulkar’s sponsorship and business investments, he is still making huge money despite retiring from the game.
Moreover, he is the wealthiest cricketer globally, with an estimated net worth of INR 1110 crore (US$ 150 million).
Social Media Presence
Sachin Tendulkar mainly likes to post cricket-related and lifestyle photos and videos on social media. Besides that, he posts advertisements and commercials for his sponsors.
- Sachin’s sister Savita gave him the first bat of his life.
- Sachin earned the nickname Master Blasters and God of Cricket for his remarkable cricketing records and stats.
- He can fluently speak Marathi, English, and Hindi.
- Besides cricket, he loves tennis, soccer, and Formula 1. He is a huge fan of tennis player John McEnroe, footballer Diego Maradona, and F1 driver Michael Schumacher.
- Sachin is ambidextrous. For instance, he bats and bowls cricket with his right hand but writes with his left hand.
- He is awarded six national honors, Arjuna Award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Padma Shri, Maharashtra Bushan Award, Padma Vibhushan, and Bharat Ratna.
- In the 2019 LinkedIn video, Sachin revealed he “beg and pleaded” to become an opener so he could bat aggressively.
- Sachin and fellow Indian cricketer Sourav Ganguly are childhood friends.
- In 2014 his autobiography “Playing It My Way” was published.
- In 2021, he tested positive for Covid-19 disease.
- Sachin is a devotee of Ganesha and Sathya Sai Baba. Moreover, he frequently visits the Ganesha temple at night.
- In 2021 his name was included in the Pandora Paper leak.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is Sachin Tendulkar called the God of Cricket?
Besides his attitude and commitment toward cricket, Sachin Tendulkar has multiple unmatched records and stats.
That’s the reason why Sachin is considered as God of Cricket. Some of his impressive milestones are 100 international centuries, highest ODI, and Test run-scorer.
Who got Sachin Tendulkar out the most?
Australian pacer Bret Lee holds the record for dismissing Sachin Tendulkar the most, with 14 dismissals in total.
Likewise, Lee is followed by his fellow Australian bowler Glenn McGrath with 13 outs.