New Delhi: Legendary India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar turned 44 on Monday and social media was lit up with birthday wishes for the Master Blaster. From famous personalities to fans, everybody showed their love for the man who was a god-like figure on the pitch but remained an unaffected human being off the pitch.
But there was one tribute that will most certainly bring a smile on Sachin's face â a tribute to the 'master' from the 'apprentice' himself. India skipper Virat Kohli took to twitter to wish Sachin and also called him his 'cricket hero'. A beautiful gift on the little master's 44th birthday.
Kohli's twitter post read: "Happy B'day Paaji 🙏😊. May God bless you with more happiness and peace in life. My cricket hero always. 👌🔝🔝 @sachin_rt"
Happy B'day Paaji 🙏😊. May God bless you with more happiness and peace in life. My cricket hero always. 👌🔝🔝 @sachin_rt pic.twitter.com/HGgrdFGv3x— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) April 24, 2017
It is no secret that Tendulkar has been a great influence in the life of Virat Kohli as far as cricket is concerned. Kohli has spoken about his admiration for the master blaster multiple times in the past, but following India's World Cup win in 2011, Virat's tribute had touched one an all.
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"He (Tendulkar) has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years. It is time we carried him on our shoulders," said Kohli, after carrying Sachin around the Wankhede Stadium for a victory lap post the win over Sri Lanka.
Many see Kohli as a natural heir to Tendulkar's throne as far as Indian cricket is concerned and his performances in the last few years has been up to those lofty standards as well. Also, Sachin himself has batted for Virat Kohli many times in the past. Once, the master blaster even went on to say that Kholi is capable of breaking his 100 centuries record.