1 Sachin Tendulkar once fielded for Pakistan, against India
Everyone knows that Sachin made his debut in 1989 against Pakistan, but not many know that he had played in an international match before that where he fielded for Pakistan, and against India. It happened during Pakistan’s tour of India in 1987, when Sachin was sent as a substitute player for Imran Khan’s team. Sachin in his book ‘Playing It My Way’ writes “”I don’t know whether Imran Khan remembers this or has any idea that I once fielded for his Pakistan team.”
2 Bachendri Pal crossed Ganga from Haridwar to Clcutta on a raft
We all know her as the first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest, but that’s not all about her. She has also led a team of 18 women in 3 rafts who went on an expedition ‘Great Rafting Voyage’ in 1994 to cover the mighty Ganges from Haridwr to Calcutta in just 39 days.
3 Leander Paes is the oldest player to win a Grand Slam
Leander Paes along with his partner Redek Stepanek defeated Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in the 2013 US Open – Mens’ Doubles final by 6-1 and 6-3. With that win, he became the oldest player to win a Grand Slam Title in the Open era Tennis (post 1968).
4 Sunil Gavaskar stood against a mob during Hindu-Muslim riots
Not only on the field, but Sunil Gavaskar has shown his courage off the field as well. During the Hindu-Muslim riots in 1992-93, he saw a blood thirsty mob chasing a taxi with passengers from the minority community. He then asked his wife to call the cops and himself stood between the mob and the taxi asking them to kill him, before touching the innocents. The mob then dispersed without any damage to the minority community and thus Gavaskar saved their lives.
5 Prakash Padukone willingly conceded a point against his opponent
It was in the Swedish Open, when Prakash Padukone had to face his badminton idol Rudy Hartono, a legendary Indonesian Badminton player and he even defeated him. When the reporters asked how he felt after defeating his idol, he replied that he could have beaten him 15-0 in the last game. But he couldn’t do that to his idol and thus willingly conceded a point to finish the game out of respect.
6 Milkha Singh was named as Flying Sikh by Pakistani PM
Milkha Singh’s parents were killed in Pakistan and thus he didn’t want to go there. But after he went there eventually to participate, he defeated the Pakistani sprinter Abdul Khaliq. IT was after that the Pakistani President General Ayub went to him and said, “Milkha, you didn’t run. You flew.”
7 I.M. Vijayan has one of the fastest International goals in his name
I.M. Vijayan is an Arjuna awardee and was also crowned 3 times as the Indian Player of the Year. But what makes him more interesting is his goal against Bhutan in the 1999 SAF Games in 12 seconds that is considered as one of the fastest International goals ever.
8 Mary Kom never told her parents that she was a boxer
Mary Kom was from a family where women who played sports were not looked upon with respect. This made her hide her passion from her parents for a long time. But after she won the Manipur State Championship, her picture was published in a newspaper which his father saw. And this was how they came to know that her daughter was a professional boxer.
9 Rahul Dravid is first Non-Australian to speak at Sir Donald Bradman Oration
Rahul Dravid went to Canberra to give a speech on Sir Donald Bradman Oration on 14th December 2011. With that speech, he became the first non-Australian cricketer in history to have spoken there.
10 Geet Sethi only player with score of 147 in snooker and 1000+ break in billiards
In the 1992 World Professional Billiard Championship, Geet Sethi made a world record English Billiards break of 1276 in just 80 minutes which remained unbeaten for 15 years. At the national Snooker Championship in 1989, he achieved the world’s first amateur break of 147. He is indeed the only billiards player having a score of 147 in competitive snooker and 1000+ break in competitive billiards.