1. He hit 100 international hundreds. He’s the only man to have done so. Oh wait, you knew that? Shit. I’m gonna have to up my game.
2. He started playing Tests so early that we don’t even know his career strike rate. Hmm, you’ve heard that one before too?
3. Tendulkar holds the record for being the player who has tied the most ODI matches ever: 5. Naturally by “holds the record”, I mean he holds a seventh of it – joint with Ricky Ponting, Mark Boucher, Adam Gilchrist, Steve Waugh, Jacques Kallis and Shaun Pollock. However he is the only one of these record holders to not have featured in the three tied matches between Australia and South Africa between 1999 and 2002. Good work, Sach…
4. He hit over 500 more fours than the next highest boundary striker in ODIs, Sanath Jayasuriya. Jayasuriya clobbered 75 more sixes.
5. He got more 50 more One Day International wickets than England ‘legend’ Graeme Swann – he is India’s 10th highest wicket taker in ODIs.
6. He’s just the second Indian in history to feature on a postal stamp whilst still being alive (after Mother Teresa).
7. He averaged 21 against Ireland – George Dockrell and Roger Whelan have both taken his wicket.
8. He opened the bowling just once in a Test match, in 2002 against the West Indies. The Windies needed just 5 runs in the fourth innings to win, yet Sachin kept Chris Gayle scoreless in the first over. The Windies won the Test just two balls later.
9. Tendulkar played just one T20 International. He made a good start and took the wicket of Justin Kemp, but presumably getting bowled by Charles Langeveldt was enough to prompt early retirement.
10. With Virender Sehwag (8586 Test runs) he holds India’s 3rd wicket partnership record. With VVS Laxman (8781 Test runs) he holds India’s 4th wicket partnership record. With Zaheer Khan (1178 Test runs) he holds India’s 10th wicket partnership record.