Sachin Tendulkar played his last international match on 16th November 2013, but there hasn’t been a day since when his achievements and records have not been spoken about.

The Master Blaster filled 24 years of his life with cricketing records, and while some facts like the number of runs Sachin scored or the number of matches he played are well known, here are the list of achievements by the God of Cricket that might surprise.


Excelled in all departments

Not only was Sachin a phenomenal with the bat in ODIs, but he was also equally effective with the ball as well, scalping 154 wickets. He ended his career as the only cricketer to have scored more than 18000 runs (he finished with 18426 runs), take 150 wickets (he has 154) and latch on to more than 130 catches (140) – a rare cricket triple.


Most venues played in

Playing for 24 years meant that Sachin Tendulkar visited a number of countries and played in many venues across the world. The Indian managed to play in 90 cricketing grounds all over the globe, which is a world record. Adapting to the situation on every surface constantly and bringing his best even under alien conditions segregated Tendulkar from the other cricketers who played in his era. The maverick has termed the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia as his best venue overseas, while Wankhede and Eden Gardens – also the venues for his last two Test matches – were his favorite grounds in India.


A record number of matches consecutively

While the Mumbaikar was constantly plagued with injuries, Sachin did well to recuperate and not allow fitness to come in the way of his cricketing journey. During the 90s, Sachin epitomized fitness levels, playing 239 international matches on the trot, without missing a single ODI or Test match for India! From April 25, 1990, to April 24, 1998, Sachin turned out in 54 Tests and 185 50-over games, which is a world record to date.


First to be given out by the third umpire

The concept of the third umpire came to life during November 1992 when India was playing South Africa at Durban. Karl Liebenberg was the TV umpire for the game when the on-field umpire Cyril Mitchley referred a run-out decision for the first time. Sachin Tendulkar was caught short of the crease on Day 2, and hence he became the first cricketer to be ruled out by using television replays in a Test match.


Nervous Nineties

The Master Blaster might have set innumerable records for the number of runs he scored, including 100 hundred, but he has the dubious record of getting out 17 times in the 90s in ODIs and 10 times in Test cricket, which is a world record. Sachin ended his career with 49 tons in ODIs, which could have been a lot higher if he had not been dismissed on 99 on three occasions.


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