Sachin Tendulkar, who remains an inspiration to over 1.25 billion Indians as well as a million others around the globe, turned 44 on Monday. On this occasion, the social media platforms were flooded with birthday wishes to the cricketer who is fondly known as the God of Indian cricket. Millions of his fans tweeted their wishes to the batting maestro and in no time, #HappyBirthdaySachin became the top trend on the micro-blogging site. Apart from scores of his fans, Tendulkar’s former teammates and colleagues from the cricket fraternity also took to their Twitter handles to wish him on his 44th birthday.
“A rare occasion when one could have committed a crime,God ji sleeping.To a man who could stop time in India, #HappyBirthdaySachin @sachin_rt”, wrote Virender Sehwag on his Twitter handle.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 24, 2017
Sehwag, a Tendulkar protégée and often referred to as his lookalike, was privileged to open the innings with the master blaster for a long time.
Many more happy returns of the day @sachin_rt , April 24th should be marked as Indian cricket day. I was lucky to have played along side you
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) April 24, 2017
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also had a special wish for Tendulkar. He wants April 24 to be remembered as Indian cricket day. “Many more happy returns of the day @sachin_rt , April 24th should be marked as Indian cricket day. I was lucky to have played along side you,” he wrote.
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 24, 2017
Tendulkar’s close friend and teammate at India and Mumbai Indians, Harbhajan Singh also had a special message for him.
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) April 24, 2017
Current Team India coach and Tendulkar’s long-time teammate, Anil Kumble also took to Twitter to wish the legend. He called Tendulkar an inspiration.
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) April 24, 2017
Gujarat Lions’ (GL) skipper Suresh Raina posted his tweet along with the photograph taken after the World Cup 2011 win.
There were others too, both Tendulkar’s former teammates as well as the ones who played against him, who sent in their wishes:
— R P Singh (@RpSingh99) April 24, 2017
Happy bday to the great @sachin_rt, 44 years young today. Hope you have a great day and year to come mate!
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) April 24, 2017
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) April 24, 2017
Happy birthday legend @sachin_rt. Thank you for being an inspiration . Have a blessed year.
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) April 24, 2017
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) April 23, 2017
Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket in 2013, continues to remain the fountainhead of inspiration to cricketers as well as cricket fans around the world.