On Monday, Indian master blaster Sachin Tendulkar said that he could not think he has turned 44 as he celebrated his birthday in front of thousands of loving fans at the Wankhede Stadium.
During the IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants Tendulkar cut the cake with lots of noise ‘happy birthday Sachin.’
Former Indian cricketer is currently the mentor of Mumbai Indians, who played for the MI for six seasons from the year 2008 to 2013.
When asked by Mattew Hayden, the former Australian opener batsman, to cut the bat on top of the cake along with a ball, 44-year-old said “You never cut a cricket bat… Will cut the outfield to open up the gaps,” said Tendulkar.
He added, “Being 44 is nice but also covering those 44 years (has been nice). My movie is probably coming out on 26 May and I have been busy these days to ensure how best it is launched. I can’t believe I am 44.”
Tendulkar said that he never thought that Indian Premier League will become big when it was launched 10 years back. “I never thought it will become so big. The way it has taken off it’s remarkable. In these 10 years, people have become connected to their clubs and backing their players. Moreover, families have started attending the matches,” said Tendulkar.
He added, “Now, it’s not about some male friends getting together, the wives and grandmother have started taking an interest. That is what IPL is all about, celebrating cricket. This is fast cricket and it is enjoyable as it is full of action. What this format has done is it has gone to countries where cricket does not exist.”
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Tendulkar was flooded with wishes from many cricketers across the globe.
“Happy B’day Paaji ????. May God bless you with more happiness and peace in life. My cricket hero always,” Kohli tweeted.
“To a man who could stop time in India, #HappyBirthday Sachin @sachin_rt.” Wrote Virendra Sehwag.
“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,” tweeted R Ashwin.
“#HappyBirthdaySachin. One of the most inspiring sportsmen the world has seen. Hope you have a splendid year ahead @sachin_rt.” wrote Anil Kumble.
“@sachin_rt may God Almighty continue to smile on you. A very happy birthday paaji, have a blast. #HappyBirthdaySachin” wrote Gautam Gambhir.
“Happy birthday paaji @sachin_rt lots of love and best wishes khush raho tandrust raho (be happy, be well)..We love you,” wrote Harbhajan Singh
“Special day, special person and special celebration. May all your dreams and desires come true.Happy birthday Sachin @sachin_rt,” wrote Umesh Yadav.
“Happy B’day to a man who has touched an emotional chord with a billion people, a part of our lives forever, @sachin_rt#HappyBirthdaySachin,” wrote Mohammad Kaif.
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“Happy birthday @sachin_rt and @bowlologist,” tweeted Adam Gilchrist.
“Happy bday to the great @sachin_rt, 44 years young today. Hope you have a great day and year to come mate!” wrote Michael Clarke.
“Happy Birthday @sachin_rt sir. May keep inspiring millions like us for years to come,” wrote Rishabh Pant.
“Happy birthday God of cricket & BharatRatna @sachin_rt sir ????#HappyBirthdaySachin,” tweeted boxer Vijendra Singh.