Bangalore, Dec 24: Sachin Tendulkar believes in superstitions is a known fact. How many of us are aware of the fact that young Tendulkar wanted to become a Tennis player, and a fast bowler during his childhood? Moreover, the silent Sachin was a prankster during his childhood. Interesting?
Here are some interesting little known facts about the legendary cricketer who has entertained us for 23 years since his ODI and Test debut in 1989.
Sachin's craze for heavier bats!
Sachin Tendulkar uses a very heavy bat at the crease, weighing 3.2lbs. Only South Africa's Lance Klusener used a heavier bat in world cricket.
Sachin and his love for Formula One cars!
Fascinated by pace and speed, Tendulkar hopes to drive a Formula One car someday.
Sachin Tendulkar is ambidextrous!
Sachin Tendulkar is ambidextrous. He bats with his right hand but signs autographs, eats or plays table tennis with his left.
Sachin Tendulkar's passion for Tennis
Sachin Tendulkar wanted to be a professional Tennis player.
When Sachin was a ball boy
Sachin was a ball boy during the 1987 World Cup semi-final match between India and England at Wankhede.
Anjali Tendulkar is superstitious too!
Sachin Tendulkar's wife Anjali does not eat or drink whenever the master is at the crease.
# Sachin Tendulkar went to watch the movie Roja in 1995 with a beard and disguise. It all went wrong when his glasses fell off and the crowd in the cinema hall recognised him.
# Sachin Tendulkar was the first batsman to be given out by the third-umpire. In 1992, on the second day of the Durban Test, a Jonty Rhodes throw caught Tendulkar short of the crease. After watching TV replays he was adjudged out.
# When young Sachin fell from a tree on a Sunday evening during his summer vacation, while Guide was shown on national TV, his infuriated brother (and mentor) Ajit sent him to cricket coaching class as punishment.
# The first advertisement in which Sachin featured was for a sticking plaster.
# Dedicated Sachin Tendulkar used to sleep with his cricket gear during his junior days.
# Sachin Tendulkar loves collecting perfumes and watches.
# His first car was a Maruti-800
# The naughty Sachin Tendulkar used to go fishing for tadpoles and guppy fishes in the stream that ran through the compound of Sahitya Sahwas at Bandra East
# Sachin Tendulkar once told a Marathi news channel in an interview that his weakness is 'vada-pao', a traditional Maharashtrian snack.
# Sachin used his favourite vampire bat during the innings in which he scored the historical 50th Test ton
# Sachin Tendulkar was a huge fan of John McEnroe. He grew his hair and tied a band around it to copy his idol. Sachin was also fondly called McEnroe by his friends.
# Sachin Tendulkar himself a role model to many, admires Pete Sampras, Boris Becker and Diego Maradona.
# Sachin loves Kishore Kumar and rock group Dire Straits.
# Sachin calls Ganguly 'Babu Mashai' while Sourav calls him 'Chhota Babu'.
# Sachin once made his mother look for a frog bhaji recipe!
# The nanny who looked after Sachin has been universally called Sachuchi bai.
# Sachin is so possessive about his Ferrari that wife Anjali is not allowed to drive it.
# Sachin loved to play tennis ball cricket and darts during rainbreaks.
# A prankster that he is, Sachin once put a hose pipe into Saurav Ganguly's room and turned the tap on. Ganguly awoke to find his gear floating!
# Sachin Tendulkar fielded for Pakistan as a substitute during a one-day practice match against India at the Brabourne Stadium in 1988.
# Sachin Tendulkar was without a bat contract until the start of the 1996 Cricket World Cup. At the end of the tournament a famous tyre manufacturer sponsored his willow.
# Sachin Tendulkar has the most number of stadium appearances - 90 different venues
# Tendulkar batted in his debut Test against Pakistan wearing the pads gifted to him by Sunil Gavaskar.
# Sachin Tendulkar wanted to become a fast bowler, but was rejected by Dennis Lillee's MRF Pace Foundation in 1987. Lillee advised the young Tendulkar to focus on his batting, while the other youngster turned away by Lillee along with Tendulkar was none other than Sourav Ganguly.