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Benedict Bermange
Cricket Statistician

Sachin Tendulkar to retire: facts and stats about 'the Little Master's' career

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Think you know more than a little about 'the Little Master'?

After Sachin Tendulkar announced he will retire from international cricket after playing his 200th Test against West Indies next month, Benedict Bermange has some stats and facts that add to the legend...

- He has never batted at number three in his Test career despite having the fifth-longest Test career ever in terms of time

- Sachin played 47 of his Tests under the captaincy of Mohammad Azharuddin - more than any other captain

- He has played 146 Tests with Rahul Dravid, 122 with Anil Kumble, 120 with VVS Laxman and 103 with Sourav Ganguly

- He has played against 485 different players in Test cricket, batting with 65 different players and playing with 108 different team-mates

- He has top-scored on 78 occasions - more than any other Test player - and has only been stumped once, at Bengaluru in 2001 by James Foster off Ashley Giles

He has been involved in 23 run-outs. He was out on 9 occasions and his partner on 14 occasions

- He played 84 successive Tests from 15 November 1989 to 15 June 2001 and overall has played on 59 different Test grounds - more than anyone else

Fact pack

Tendulkar to retire

- As an aspiring fast bowler a young Sachin Tendulkar was rejected by Dennis Lillee's MRF Pace Foundation in 1987.

- During the 1987 World Cup, when he was 14, Sachin was a ball boy for the match between India and Zimbabwe at the Wankhede Stadium.

- Sachin 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.

- Sachin was the first international batsman to be given out by the third-umpire. In 1992, on the second day of the Durban Test, a Jonty Rhodes throw caught Tendulkar short of the crease. After watching TV replays he was adjudged out. Karl Liebenberg of South Africa was third umpire in the match.

- He started off with centuries in his debut matches in the Ranji, Duleep and Irani Trophy.

- Growing up, he 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.