Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar turned 45 on Tuesday and was inundated with best wishes from the cricketing fraternity across the globe.
Born in 1973, Tendulkar is arguably the best batsman to ever play the game of cricket. He made his debut for the country in 1989 and went on to play for the next 24 years.
Considered as one of the greatest batsmen of all time, Tendulkar is the highest run scorer of all time in international cricket--having notched up 18,426 ODI runs and 15,921 Test cricket runs.
He is the only cricketer to have hit 100 international centuries, and the first to score a double century in ODIs.
The Mumbaikar received India's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna in 2014. He is the youngest recipient to date and the first ever sportsperson to receive the award.
During his career, Tendulkar gave the game of cricket a status of religion in India.
Even after taking retirement from the game, Tendulkar continues to capture the imagination of all cricket fans.
The Master Blaster turns 45 today and the social media has flooded with wishes for the 'God of Cricket'.
The entire cricketing fraternity took some time off their busy schedule and wished the little master on his special day.
.@sachin_rt Many Happy Returns Of The Day, Sachin Tendulkar. Wishing you long life, happiness and prosperity. भारत को अपने इस महान खिलाड़ी पर गर्व है— Rajat Sharma (@RajatSharmaLive) April 24, 2018
Woh sirf ek Cricketer nahi,— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 24, 2018
Duniya hai Meri !
aur bahuton ki.
Many more happy returns of the day to a man who could stop time in India (literally) .Thank you for making the Cricket Bat such a great weapon, which later many like me could also use. #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/TVtpaxSiJz
Centurion 2003 was one of the best days in my life.Not just because we beat Pakistan in a WC match but because I got to witness from a distance of just 22 yards,a display of focus,intensity & genius.What a man, your glory will be unsurpassed @sachin_rt paaji #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/VspBUC6tVp— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 24, 2018
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
The leading Test run scorer.— ICC (@ICC) April 24, 2018
The leading ODI run scorer.
A phenomenal 34,357 international runs, plus 200 wickets!
Happy birthday to India's little master, the legendary @sachin_rt! #Sachin45 pic.twitter.com/DZ7kkj1ZZc
Still The Chants SACHIN SACHIN Gives Goosebumps To Us.#HappyBirthdaySachin @sachin_rt The Man Who Carried Emotions Of The People Of A Nation For 24 Years. More Power To You🙏 pic.twitter.com/JDhWiw23vx— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) April 23, 2018