From former India skipper Sourav Ganguly to Bollywood celebrities, there was no dearth of well-wishers for the legendary batsman.
@sachin_rt …happy birthday..champion ..may u live 100 years …love to the family
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) April 24, 2018
Tendulkar’s former India team-mate Suresh Raina summed it up best when he wrote: “To the man who united a billion Indians and brought a smile to their faces every time he walked out to bat. A dream that he turned into reality. Sachin is an emotion. Sachin is a phenomena! Happy birthday, Paaji!”
To the man who united a billion Indians and brought a smile to their faces everytime he walked out to bat. A dream that he turned into reality.
Sachin is an emotion.. Sachin is a phenomena!
Happy birthday, Paaji!! @sachin_rt
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) April 24, 2018
Former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq too took to Twitter to convey his wishes to the Indian icon.
“Long live legend Sachin Tendulkar. One of the best batsman ever, great inspiration, great human,” he wrote.
— Saqlain Mushtaq (@Saqlain_Mushtaq) April 24, 2018
VVS Laxman lauded the ‘Master Blaster’ for his contributions towards society as he sent in his birthday wishes.
“Happy birthday dear Sachin Tendulkar. You are and will always remain an inspiration. It’s wonderful to see you contribute towards society with some really good initiatives even after your retirement. Wish you success always,” he wrote.
Happy Birthday dear @sachin_rt . You are and will always remain an inspiration . It’s wonderful to see you contribute towards society with some really good initiatives even after your retirement. Wish you success always. #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/aWQxZ9kRjV
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) April 24, 2018
Congratulatory wishes for Tendulkar also poured in from badminton aces Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu along with wrestling stalwart Geeta Phogat.
Many players have played cricket, few became Legends, few became greats but there was, is and will be only one GOD of Cricket.
Happy birthday to the greatest of the greats @sachin_rt Sir 🙏
— geeta phogat (@geeta_phogat) April 24, 2018
— Pvsindhu (@Pvsindhu1) April 24, 2018
— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) April 24, 2018
India’s Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin were on hand to wish the Mumbai-born icon too along with India’s U19 World Cup winning captain Prithvi Shaw.
— Prithvi Shaw (@PrithviShaw) April 24, 2018
Happy birthday to @sachin_rt, the man who inspired a billion people to love the sport. 🎉
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) April 24, 2018
Happy birthday Sachin paaji @sachin_rt Thank you for being an inspiration for all of us. Your guidance has always meant a lot to me. Have a wonderful year ahead. #HappyBirthdaySachinTendulkar pic.twitter.com/aujLjU91nL
— ajinkyarahane88 (@ajinkyarahane88) April 24, 2018
Former Australia speedster Brett Lee too took to Twitter to wish Tendulkar many happy returns.
— Brett Lee (@BrettLee_58) April 24, 2018
And of course, no Sachin Tendulkar birthday will ever be complete without the ‘home of cricket’ also sending in its wishes for the honorary Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) member.
— Lord’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) April 24, 2018
Speaking in an interview with ANI, the 36-year old said: “I am going to look to play till 2019, whatever cricket I get to play. I will take a call when that year is over.”
“Everybody has to take a decision after a while. I have been playing international cricket since 2000, it has been almost 17-18 years on and off. So, I will definitely take a call after 2019.”
Currently playing with the Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2018, Singh is hoping his team can qualify for the semi-finals.
“We are looking ahead to first qualify in the last four and I think we have got a great team this year. We have got a very powerful batting attack, smart bowling attack, and hopefully we look to qualify and then see if we can win the finals,” he said.
KXIP are second in the points table, only behind Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on net run rate.
India fast bowler Ishant Sharma picked up two wickets for Sussex after scoring a half-century against Leicestershire in the County Championship.
Sharma had a great start to his county season as he picked up five wickets in the match against Warwickshire. In Leicester, the Delhi fast bowler continued his fine form as he teamed up with lower order batsman Michael Burgess (101 not out) to stitch together a 153-run stand for the eighth wicket.
The fast bowler hit six boundaries and one six in his knock of 66 as Sussex made 438 for eight.
Sharma then accounted for the opening batsmen Paul Horton and captain Michael Carberry, getting both batsmen out lbw.
Sharma was happy to register his best score with the bat but admitted he was more pleased with his efforts with the ball.
He said after the match: “I think I got my highest previous score in a Test match, so I’m pretty happy – I wanted to do as well as I could for the team.
“Every bowler loves to have a bat, and in internationals you don’t get that many opportunities, especially for India, so I was looking forward to having an opportunity. I didn’t get nervous when I got close to 50, I wasn’t really thinking about it, just staying in my space.
“My main job is to take wickets, so I was probably more pleased about that.”