The man who united billions: Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir lead wishes as Sachin Tendulkar turns 49

WION Web Team
New Delhi, India Updated: Apr 24, 2022, 02:21 PM(IST)

Virat Kohli and others wished Sachin Tendulkar on his 49th birthday. Photograph:( AFP )

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Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar is celebrating his 49th birthday on Sunday (April 24). Wishes have been pouring in from all corners for the Master Blaster.

One of the greatest cricketers of all time, the legendary Sachin Tendulkar is celebrating his 49th birthday on Sunday (April 24). Fondly known as Master Blaster for his batting heroics throughout a glorious cricketing career, Tendulkar is often credited to have made India fall in love with cricket as a nation.

Right from his initial days in international cricket, Tendulkar was up against some of the best bowlers in the world and went on to prove his mettle against everyone. He dominated bowling attacks single-handedly and led India to numerous memorable wins across several major tournaments.

Wishes have been pouring in from all corners for the Indian cricket legend on his 49th birthday. Several current and former cricketers took to social media to wish the Master Blaster. Virat Kohli led the wishes with an Instagram post for the batting legend. "Happy Birthday to one of the greatest. Have a good one Sachin paji," Kohli wrote wishing Tendulkar.

Kohli wishes Sachin

BCCI secretary Jay Shah tweeted a special message for Tendulkar on his birthday as he credited the Indian cricket legend for uniting billions of fans around the world for their love of cricket. The likes of Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina and others also wished Tendulkar.

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Here's how the cricket fraternity wished Sachin Tendulkar on his 49th birthday:

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Tendulkar made his international debut for India in a Test match against arch-rivals Pakistan in Karachi in November 1989. He went on to play 200 Tests, 463 ODIs and 1 T20I in his legendary international career, amassing 15,921, 18,426 and 10 runs in the three formats respectively. The Master Blaster remains the highest run-getter of all time in international cricket.

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Tendulkar also holds several other major records in international cricket. He is the only cricketer to have played 200 Tests and the only batter to have scored 100 centuries in international cricket. He is also the all-time leading run-scorer in both Tests and ODIs.

Sachin retired from international cricket in 2013 with his last appearance for India coming in a Test match against West Indies. Sachin is currently with Indian Premier League (IPL) team Mumbai Indians as a mentor of the team. MI have had a poor start to their campaign in the ongoing IPL 2022 and will be looking to bag their first win against Lucknow Super Giants on Sunday.

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