Sachin Tendulkar: Interesting facts from his life as a cricketer

Named after a noted music composer, Sachin Tendulkar was rejected by Dennis Lillee when the master blaster wanted to become a fast bowler.

Updated: November 16, 2013 18:22 IST
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Mumbai: Tendulkar was named after his father Ramesh Tendulkar's favorite music composer Sachin Dev Burman.

Tendulkar was a ball-boy during the 1987 World Cup.

On being selected in the Mumbai under-15 team, he was presented with a 'Gunn and Moore' bat by former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar.

Australia pace great Dennis Lillee rejected Tendulkar at the MRF Pace Academy at Chennai in 1987, before Tendulkar created waves with his batting.

Scored 326 in a 664-run partnership with former India player Vinod Kambli during an inter-school game in 1988.

Is the youngest Indian to play English county cricket, at 19, and was also Yorkshire's first overseas professional in 1992.

His favorite sports star is not a cricketer but a tennis player - John McEnroe.

Batted in his debut test at Karachi wearing pads presented by India's famous opener Sunil Gavaskar.

Used a very heavy bat throughout his career - usually around 1.5 kilograms (3.2-3.3 pounds).

Tendulkar appeared in an Australian reality television series 'An Aussie Goes Bolly' on FOX8 channel in 2008.

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