Little known facts about Sachin Tendulkar

Updated: Mar 17, 2012, 08:37 AM IST

New Delhi: Following are a few little-known facts about Sachin Tendulkar, who became the first player to score a century of international hundreds on Friday.

* Tendulkar has 13 coins from his coach Ramakant Achrekar. He would win a coin if he could get through an entire session of nets without being dismissed.

* Tendulkar holds the unique distinction of scoring a century on debut in Ranji Trophy, Irani Trophy and Duleep Trophy.

* Tendulkar was a ball boy during the 1987 semi-final between India and England.

* There are two wards in New Delhi`s Tihar Jail, one named after Tendulkar and another after Vinod Kambli -- the duo shared a 664-run unbroken partnership in a school match.

* Tendulkar was the first player to be given out by the third umpire in an international game.

* Everyone remembers Vangipurappu Laxman (281) and Rahul Dravid`s (180) 376-run partnership against Australia in a Kolkata test in 2001 after being asked to follow on but many have forgotten Tendulkar`s three wickets in the second innings, including those of Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist to trigger the collapse.

* Tendulkar was the first individual without an aviation background to be awarded the honorary rank of Group Captain by the Indian Air Force.