Sachin Tendulkar is regarded as the "God of cricket" among fans all around the world. He was a batsman who inspired a number of youngsters, who just wanted to become like their idol. The Master Blaster is one of the most popular batsmen of all time and there is a good reason for that.
Tendulkar holds a number of records, a long list which includes most centuries and runs in both Tests and ODI cricket. His batting record is so brilliant that it is easy to forget that Tendulkar was a very good bowler too. Tendulkar was a unique bowler as he could swing the ball and also could bowl spin (both off and leg-spin).
The legendary cricketer took 200 international wickets in his career, including 155 in ODIs and 44 wickets in Test matches. It might surprise you that the batting maestro holds some bowling records as well. In this article, we will look at some of the bowling records held by Tendulkar.
#3 Youngest Indian to take an ODI wicket:
Tendulkar was a prodigy as he made his international debut at the tender age of just 16. The maestro from Mumbai had to wait some time to pick his first wicket in international cricket. Finally, his wait ended on 5th December 1990, when he dismissed Roshan Mahanama of Sri Lanka.
Mahanama nicked the ball as he was caught behind by Kiran More. In the process, Tendulkar became the youngest Indian cricketer to pick an international wicket. Tendulkar, who was just 17 years and 224 days old, broke the record of former Indian spinner Maninder Singh.
That was not the only contribution of the youngster in the match as he also dismissed Arjuna Ranatunga. Tendulkar then scored scored 53 runs off 41 balls with the bat and won the Man of the Match award.
#2 Only bowler to defend six or fewer runs twice in the last over in ODIs
If the batting team need less than 10-12 runs off the last over, they are considered to be the favourites to win the match. When the target is less than a run a ball in the last over, it seems to be curtains for the bowling team.
Defending less than a score of six runs in the last over is a very rare feat, which is why only one bowler has achieved this twice. Tendulkar is the only bowler who has defended less than six runs in the last over more than once.
in 1993, Tendulkar defended six runs off the last over versus South Africa as he conceded only three runs to guide India to a famous win. In 1997, he repeated the feat by picking up the last wicket with the first ball of his over against Australia.
#3 Most wickets by an Indian spinner in a single edition of Asia Cup
Tendulkar had the ability to break partnerships. The only problem with his bowling was his lack of consistency, but he seemed to have sorted that in the 2004 Asia Cup.
The versatile spinner picked up 12 wickets in just six matches at an exceptional bowling average of 12.25. Tendulkar picked at least one wicket in each of the five innings where he got an opportunity to bowl. In the process, he broke the record of most wickets taken by an Indian spinner in a single edition of the Asia Cup.
He is placed second in the list of most wickets taken by an Indian in an Asia Cup, behind Irfan Pathan, who leads the chart with 14 wickets. Tendulkar also scored 281 runs with the bat to help India reach the final, where they lost to Sri Lanka.