Sachin Tendulkar Fact Box
NEW DELHI (AP)
Fact box about Sachin Tendulkar, who said Thursday he will retire from international cricket following his 200th test next month:
Full name: Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.
Date of birth: April 24, 1973 (Mumbai, India).
Height: 1.65 meters (5-foot-5).
Major teams: India, Mumbai, Mumbai Indians, Yorkshire.
Nicknames: Little Master, Tendlya.
Coach: Ramachant Achrekar.
First international captain: Krishnamachari Srikkanth.
First-class debut: Mumbai vs. Gujarat, Mumbai, 1988.
Test debut: vs. Pakistan at Karachi, Nov. 15, 1989.
ODI debut: vs. Pakistan at Gujranwala, Dec. 18, 1989.
Maiden test century: 119 not out vs. England at Old Trafford, Manchester in 1990 (9th test appearance).
Maiden ODI century: 110 vs. Australia, Colombo, 1994 (79th ODI appearance).
Date of retirement from ODIs: Dec. 23, 2012.
Test appearances/runs to date: 15,837 runs in 198 tests.
ODI appearances/runs to date: 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs.
Some trivia about Tendulkar:
-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 the Indian subcontinent.
-On being selected in the Mumbai under-15 team, he was presented with a bat by former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar.
- Aussie pace great Dennis Lillee rejected Tendulkar as a bowler 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 legendary opener Sunil Gavaskar.
- Used a very heavy bat throughout his career - usually around 1.5 kilograms (3.2- pounds).
-Tendulkar appeared in an Australian reality television series `An Aussie Goes Bolly' on FOX8 channel in 2008.