Sachin Tendulkar celebrates his 45th birthday as messages flood in for Indian Cricket legend

Sudhir Gupta 24/04/2018
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Birthday wishes have been pouring in for the iconic cricketer.

Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar turned 45 on Tuesday and social media was awash with birthday wishes pouring in from all quarters for the former India man.

From former India skipper Sourav Ganguly to Bollywood celebrities, there was no dearth of well-wishers for the legendary batsman.

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!”

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.

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.

Congratulatory wishes for Tendulkar also poured in from badminton aces Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu along with wrestling stalwart Geeta Phogat.

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.

Former Australia speedster Brett Lee too took to Twitter to wish Tendulkar many happy returns.

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.

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Yuvraj Singh to make call on future after 2019 World Cup

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India‘s stylish left-hand batsman Yuvraj Singh, who last played in an ODI in June 2017, has revealed that he will take a call on his future after the 2019 World Cup.

Speaking in an interview with ANIthe 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.

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India pacer Ishant Sharma picks up two wickets after scoring fifty for Sussex

Sudhir Gupta 22/04/2018
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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.”

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