'God of Cricket' Sachin Tendulkar turns 42 on Friday, 24 April 2015. The legendary sports star began his career as a cricketer at the age of 11 and has many records to his credit.
He is the only cricketer who has received Bharat Ratna, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award and Padma Shri. He is also a Rajya Sabha member.
Check out some interesting facts about Sachin Tendulkar:
1. Sachin's first advertisement was for a sticking plaster.
2. English fast bowler Alan Mullally had once complained that Sachin was using a broader bat than allowed for his debut test match.
3. To watch the film, Roja (1995), Sachin went to the theatre with a beard. However, the crowd recognised him after his glasses fell off.
4. Sachin, who loves cooking had earlier mentioned in an interview that he likes Maharashtra snack 'vada-pao' the most.
5. While Saurav Ganguly calls Sachin 'Chhota Babu', Sachin calls Ganguly 'Babu Moshai'.
6. Sachin became the youngest cricketer to reach a 1,000 runs in Test cricket in 1992.
7. Sachin's first brand endorsement was for the health drink Boost with Kapil Dev.
8. The first car owned by the cricket legend was a Maruti-800.