New Delhi: Cricket icon Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar turns one year older on Wednesday. In a tribute to mark his 40th birthday, some secrets are unraveled that have scripted formidable career of master blaster, as Sachin lovingly called owing to his swashbuckling performances. In a birthday special, here are 40 facts about the batting legend which would be reverberating in the cricket world for ever.

1.    He is the youngest player to enter the Ranji team at 14

2.    Tendulkar’s dream of becoming a fast bowler was rejected by Australian great Dennis Lillee at the Chennai’s MRF Pace Academy in 1987

3.    Was a ballboy during the 1987 Cricket World Cup

4.    Sachin Tendulkar is superstitious. He puts on his left pad before putting on the right one while padding up

5.    Sachin is ambidextrous – he bats and bowls with his right hand, but writes with his left, shares this trait with other great celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Jimi Hendrix, Rafael Nadal, Einstein and Beethoven

6.    During the Bombay Ranji team tours, Sachin carried along his textbooks in order not to neglect his studies

7.    Sachin holds the record for most man-of-the-match awards won by a player on losing side (6)

8.    When Sachin won the man-of-match award for his first Test ton in 1990, he was given a champagne bottle, however, could not pop it open as he was below 18 (age limit for alcohol consumption in U.K.) He went on to open it on his daughter, Sara’s first birthday in 1998

9.    Statistics suggest that Sachin’s best batting position has been at no. 4

10.    Holds a record for a 664-run partnership with former India player, Vinod Kambli, during an inter-school game in 1988

11.    Has been the youngest Indian (19 years) to play English county cricket and was also Yorkshire's first overseas cricketer in 1992

12.    Sachin is the first player ever whom a third umpire gave out after TV replay. This was when India toured South Africa in 1992-93

13.    Sachin had a habit of sleepwalking as well as talking in his sleep. (Excerpts from Caught & Told, Humorous Cricketing Anecdotes, by Sandeep Patil and Clayton Murzello)

14.    Coincidently, Sachin has an average of 40.7 while leading as Mumbai Indians captain in Indian Premier League

15.    On debut he scored centuries in all three major domestic first-class tournaments: Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Irani Cup

16.    His favorite sports star is tennis player, John McEnroe

17.    On his Test debut at Karachi. India’s legendary batsman, Sunil Gavaskar presented him with batting pads that he wore during the match. (Getty Images)

18.    Before 20 years of his age he had scored five Test centuries which is a world record

19.    During a match against Pakistan in Ferozshah Kotla, where Anil Kumble scalped his record 10 wickets in an innings, a superstitious Tendulkar, handed Kumble’s cap and sweater to the umpire before the latter began his over. Kumble picked up a wicket each time Sachin did so

20.    In 1998, he had his best year in ODI format with 1,894 runs consisting  of nine centuries

21.    Has been dismissed in the 90’s for 23 times in his International career, whereas, has taken 200 wickets in International career (Tests – 45, ODI’s – 154, T20s – 1)

22.    Holds the record for scoring most 1,000 Test runs in a calendar year. He has done this six times – 2010 (1562 runs), 2008 (1063 runs), 2002 (1392 runs), 1999 (1088 runs), 2001 (1003 runs) and 1997 (1000 runs). (Getty Images)

23.    On September 3, 2010, he became the first sportsperson ever to get the honorary rank of Group Captain by Indian Air Force

24.    On 4th June 2012, he became a Member of Parliament when he took his oath as a Rajya Sabha member

25.    Among the present International cricketers, Sachin Tendulkar is the only one who made his debut in the 80’s (1989 to be precise)

26.    Sachin was named so by his father after legendary musician SD Burman

27.    Sachin has played six editions of the 50-over World Cup, from 1992 to 2011, a record he shares with Pakistan’s Javed Miandad, who played in all World Cups from 1975 to 1996

28.    Sachin has taken five wickets in an ODI twice, both at Kochi -- 5/32 against his favourite opponents Australia in 1998, and 5/50 vs Pakistan in 2005

29.    When Sachin made his Test debut back in 1989, Bhuvneshwar Kumar wasn’t even born, Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma were a year old, Ravindra Jadeja was to turn one, Ajinkya Rahane was one-and-a-half years old while Ravichandran Ashwin was three!

30.    Sachin has never scored any Test century in Hyderabad and Kanpur

31.    Zimbabwe is the only country where Sachin hasn’t scored a Test century

32.    Out of Sachin Tendulkar’s 51 Test hundreds, 20 have come in winning causes and 11 have ended in defeats. Twenty of his remaining tons have come in drawn Tests

33.    In ODIs, 33 of his centuries have resulted in wins, 14 have been scored in losses, one came in a tie, and one was scored in a match that produced no result

34.    Sachin has been dismissed for 99 in ODIs thrice; all three dismissals came in 2007 (Atul Kamble)

35.    Sachin has been the first victim of many Test debutants over the years. The list includes England’s Monty Panesar and Mark Ealham, Australia’s Cameron White, Peter Siddle and Peter George, New Zealand’s Andy Mckay and Jacob Oram, Zimbabwe’s Neil Johnson and Ujesh Ranchod, and Sri Lanka’s Ruwan Kalpage. Sachin was also Hansie Cronje’s first Test victim, but the late South African was playing in his second Test (Atul Kamble)

36.    In ODI’s as well quite a few bowlers have claimed Sachin as their first victim on debut - Craig Matthews (South Africa), Sultan Zarawani (United Arab Emirates), Mohammad Rafique (Bangladesh), Manzoor Akhtar (Pakistan), Mluleki Nkala (Zimbabwe), Scott Styris (New Zealand), Mushfiqur Rahman (Bangladesh), Asim Saeed (United Arab Emirates) and Roger Whelan (Ireland)

37.    Tendulkar has registered 14 ducks in Tests and 20 in ODI’s

38.    Tendulkar’s first Test victim was Australia’s Merv Hughes

39.    Sri Lanka’s Roshan Mahanama was Tendulkar’s first ODI scalp

40.    Tendulkar is the only batsman to have scored over 2,000 runs in World Cup cricket. He has amassed 2,278 runs in 45 matches. He has also been the top run scorer in an individual World Cup tournament twice – 673 runs in 2003 and 523 runs in 1996.

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