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Sachin Tendulkar: 6 Things you should know about the God of Cricket

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Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar: 6 Things you should know about the God of Cricket. Photo/ NPR.
  • Nicknamed The God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar was more than just a player as millions of cricket fans around the world admire his success and look up to him
  • The legend’s transformation from a small boy learning to bat being hailed as the most prolific batsman of all time is why he is celebrated worldwide. 
  • The Sachin Tendulkar Foundation provides support to the less privileged children in the society in obtaining quality education

The cricket world has had some fantastic players over the years but few have won the hearts of many as Sachin Tendulkar. Nicknamed The God of Cricket, he was more than just a player as millions of cricket fans around the world admire his success and look up to him. MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli are just some of India’s prominent cricketers who were inspired by Tendulkar.

The legend’s transformation from a small boy learning to bat being hailed as the most prolific batsman of all time is why he is celebrated worldwide. Some of his records stand up to date and he has won numerous awards due to his achievements playing cricket. Since he is a man many are well familiar with, we have decided to take a look at a few interesting details you should know about him.

Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar. Photo/ The Bridge.

1. Why Is He Called The God Of Cricket?

If you search for the God of Cricket in your browser then only one name will come with the results, Sachin Tendulkar. An icon of the game, he was dubbed The God of Cricket simply because of his exceptional cricketing skills, numerous records, and a career spanning decades. To some, there will never be a player like Sachin again.

2. Sachin Is A Fan Of Music

Just like most people all over the world, Sachin also loves music. In fact, he is an accomplished tabla musician, an ancient percussion instrument from India. There are several instances where the cricket legend has been seen singing and playing a guitar. The fact that he is too much into music could only mean one thing, he would have been an artist if cricket didn’t happen.

3. Sachin Tendulkar Is A Formula One Fan

Sachin has a life outside cricket. Apart from being passionate about music and cricket, he is also a biog fan of Formula 1 racing. Over the years, he has attended various racing events and has even been seen with some of the sport’s greats. He was in attendance in the first ever Formula 1 race in India back in 2011. He offered his sympathies to Lewis Hamilton after the legendary driver missed out on a record eighth F1 world title in Abu Dhabi in 2021.

4. He Was A Ball Boy At The 1987 World Cup

We bet even the craziest fan of Sachin Tendulkar didn’t know that he was a ball boy at the 1987 World Cup. He was barely 14 when on the sidelines during the semi-final clash between India and England. Years later, he got the golden opportunity to play at such a big stage and won the World Cup for his country in 2011.

5. Sachin Is Ambidextrous 

Well, every fan knows Sachin bats and bowls using his right hand. However, the hand that he uses to write is his left. He revealed in a video on Instagram that he can use either hand to ear. Another popular cricketer who is ambidextrous is Kane Williamson.

6. He Has Won Many Awards

Due to his contribution in cricket and philanthropic works, Sachin has won numerous awards over the years. In 2014, he became the first athlete to get the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian accolade, in 2014. He remains to be the youngest person to ever receive the award up to date.

Other awards he has received from the government of India include the Arjuna Award, the Khel Ratna Award, the Padma Shri and the Padma Vibhushan (2008).

Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar. Photo/ The Indian Times.

7. A Philanthropist 

Sachin Tendulkar, just like many other established athletes all over the world, is a philanthropist. He established the Sachin Tendulkar Foundation in 2002, which has focused on supporting the less privileged children in the society in obtaining quality education. The foundation also works with institutions and municipal hospitals that provide quality healthcare at affordable costs to ensure the underprivileged children don’t lack medical care.

Since being named the UNICEF goodwill ambassador for South Asia in 2007, Sachin has participated in various charity endeavours.

Abraham Odhiambo is an avid sports fan who loves to write about football, boxing and wrestling. He's a big supporter of Manchester United. He's pursuing a bachelor's degree in Communication and Media at Egerton University.

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