5) His nicknames are Little Master, Tendlya, The Little Champion, and Master Blaster
6) Sachin stands just 5ft 5ins tall
7) He is a right-handed batsman
8) He is also a right-handed spin bowler
9) But he writes with his left hand
10) He attended the MRF Pace Foundation to get training as a fast bowler, Australian bowling legend Dennis Lillee was unimpressed and recommended he focus on batting
11) He was a ball boy during the 1987 World Cup semi-finals between India and England at Wankhende. England won
12) Growing up, Sachin would ask his friend Ramesh Pradhe to dip a rubber ball in water and hurl it at him. He wanted to see the wet marks left on the bat to know whether he had middled the ball…
22) On his debut he wore a set of cricket pads given to him when he was 16 by his hero Sunil Gavaskar
23) He always puts his left pad on first when kitting himself up for the crease
24) He made his One Day International debut on December 18, 1989 – but Waqar Younis got him out for a duck
25) His chosen shirt number when he played ODIs was 10 or 99…
34) Sachin was the first batsman ever to be given out by the third umpire, when he was run out against South Africa in the first test in Durban in 1992
35) Tendulkar’s immense popularity saw him be an early pioneer in India on cricket business dealings, signing a record sports management deal with Worldtel in 1995 worth $5.7million over five years. In 2001 he signed a new deal for $15.2million, switching to Saatchi and Saatchi’s ICONIX in 2006 for a deal worth $34.2million over three years
36) He did not have a bat sponsorship contract until 1996..
68) Sachin’s talents extend beyond batting. While he is not a regular bowler, he can bowl medium pace, leg spin, and off spin, and is often used as a partnership breaker
69) He has taken 45 Test match wickets and is the 10th highest wicket taker for India in ODIs
70) Tendulkar has scored more than 1,000 runs in a calendar year in ODIs seven times.
1.His Contract with BCCI is for the ‘Exclusivity’, for his non-appearance in other Channels.
He says he was being paid by the BCCI from the Age of 12, when he started playing for Schools and the difference, he rues, is only the quantum of Money.
Mr.Gavaskar, nobody denied that you have been on contract with BCCI, nor your remuneration.
The issue, in case you chose to forget, I can not believe this for Gavaskar is highly cerebral and loquacious, is precisely that!
That of Conflict of interest.
When you work for someone, you seem to be working from the age of 12 for The BCCI, you can not take another assignment which is in conflict with what you are engaged in.That’s what exactly you have been doing scrupulously.
It is natural for you not to talk about the on-goings in IPL or BCCI.
That’s what is meant by your ‘Silence’, not anything else.
“There are reasons given about why I am ‘silent’, and the main reason is that my ‘silence’ has been bought by the TV contract that the BCCI has with me. Firstly, now that the BCCI has its own production house, it is well within its rights to contract those who they want to, just like other sports channels have contracted some other players to do commentary for them.
The reason why such contracts are done is to obtain exclusivity from the contracted entity so that he/ she does not appear on a rival channel and that is why good money is paid to the former players. That is also why I have not appeared on another TV channel excepting the news channel that has a contract with me.
If all those who are reporting on the episodes for their papers or TV channels cannot write for a rival paper or appear on another TV channel, then how can I appear on a news channel other than the one I’m contracted to? And since I don’t appear on the other channels, does it mean I am being silent?
Just like every player, I have been directly or indirectly contracted to BCCI since the age of 12, when I first played for Mumbai schools. I was then given one rupee per day if I remember correctly by the Mumbai Cricket Association. So throughout my playing career, I was under contract with the BCCI either directly or through its affiliate, the Mumbai Cricket Association. It is just that the quantum of the fees has changed from the 1 rupee that I first got when I played for Mumbai schools and that is thought as being the reason for my so called silence.
During the time that I played, I did speak up for the playing fraternity to ensure that their rights were looked after. I could have been dropped, but I did speak out for what I felt was right for my playing fraternity, and, believe me, playing for India was more important than any monetary inducement and yet I did not shy away from speaking my mind.”
When and what was the issue you spoke about that could have forced the BCCI drop you?
Exactly what happened between you and Bishen Singh Bedi, you and Kapil Dev are known to people who follow not only your game but your Game!
2.”It’s up to Srini
So whether Mr Srinivasan should stay or step aside while the probe committee does its job is a moral issue, and it is for him to take a call on that. That has been my stand, and since it is not one that resonates with most TV channels and the print media, I am accused of being silent.
It is for the BCCI and Mr Srinivasan to take a call on the issue facing Indian cricket today because it is a moral issue. It is not for me to advise them what to do as everybody else seems to be doing, and if that is taken as being bought then good luck to democracy in our country.’
By the same token, let the batsmen or bowler do what they do.
Why do you comment?
Because it is your job as a commentator.
Similarly is it not your responsibility as a Legendary Batsman of India, who is regarded as an Icon by Cricketers and people of this Country, to speak out against Corruption and Moral turpitude?
What exactly did you do in Lalith Modi’s case?
“The police agencies are doing their job so the criminality or otherwise will be established by them. As for the morality part, it is a free world and to each his own. What maybe immoral to one may not be immoral to another, and as long as it is within the framework of the laws that govern our country, nobody should be forced to say or do anything against their will is what I believe in.’
Yes, it is a Free country, every one has their opinions,
But the point is people show themselves when a Moral issue is involved.
Well , you should have played Nine International Matches.
You have the capacity to advise Sachin Tendulkar,Rahul Dravid,Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting on Batting, Anil Kumble,Shane Warne,Muttiah Muraidharan,Allan Donald in Bowling,Suresh raina, Yuvraj Singh and the likes in Fielding.
And you should know how to speak Queens English Like ‘He got to have it, He ought to have hit’
And you must have the modesty to reply to Sunil Gavaskar when he asks.you,
When are they going to name a Stand in your Honour at Chepauk Grounds, Chennai,
‘Possibly in a couple of years!
I’ve said before — again and again, in fact — that I don’t like Siva.
My animus boils down to one big thing: Siva comes across as a person impersonating a commentator, rather than an actual commentator. He knows the textbook things to say, and he dutifully says it, but that doesn’t necessarily make for good television. Ravi Shastri, for instance, understands the dynamics of drama — “Now this should be interesting!” — and he knows how to manipulate his voice and tone appropriately.