Former teammates pour in wishes as Sachin Tendulkar turns 47
Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar turned 47 on Friday and the global cricket fraternity took to social media to send their wishes to the Master Blaster.
Tendulkar, who retired from the sport in 2013, is the only player to have scored 100 international tons in his career. He has 51 centuries in Test cricket and 49 in One-Day Internationals (ODI). He is also the first male cricketer to score a double-century in an ODI match.
Amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic though, the cricket legend has decided not to celebrate his special day. Instead, he has been actively spreading the necessary messages to his countrymen and also donated Rs. 50 lakh for coronavirus patients along with a month's ration for 5,000 Mumbaikars among other things.
"I won’t be celebrating my birthday this year. Given the circumstances, I don’t think it’s right time to celebrate anything," Tendulkar told Sportstar.
"Every time the government wanted us to explain its directives, we have done that as well. I have been in talks with some of our business partners to spread the message about the prevailing situation to those in their organisations. Also, for the first time, I have been able to work with the medical fraternity. I spent around 45 minutes talking to them about my experiences," he added.
That, however, hasn't stopped his former teammates and experts from sending him their best wishes. This is what they are saying: