Twitter flooded with birthday wishes for Tendulkar
From his current team-mates and admirers to his past colleagues and opponents, all took to Twitter to wish Sachin Tendulkar on his 40th birthday on Wednesday.
The master batsman's close friend and former team-mate Vinod Kambli, with whom Tendulkar shared a world record 664-run partnership while playing for Shardashram Vidya Mandir in Harris Shield in 1988, was one of the first to wish the senior batsman.
"Wishing master blaster tendlya,A very happy birthday,40 becoming naughty.god bless him n may he have a long n healthy life.enjoy ur day," Kambli wrote on his Twitter page.
"1great thing abt sachin is he accept challenges in cricket,like opening the inngs in NZ n bowling the last over Where players like kapil,n other bowlers refuse to bowl the last over,That what i like in sachin he takes on challenges never say die attitd."
Image: Sachin Tendulkar and wife Anjali during his birthday celebrations organised by Mumbai Indians on Wednesday
Photographs: Mumbai India
'@sachin_rt the best man I know on and off the field'
Batsman Yuvraj Singh also wished the champion batsman.
"@sachin_rt dear master blaster many happy returns of the day wishing you health and success always thank you god for this day regards," he wrote.
World Cup-winning India coach Gary Kirsten also conveyed his wishes to Tendulkar.
"Happy Birthday @sachin_rt !!! #Legend."
In his message, West Indian pace legend Courtney Walsh said it was great to see Tendulkar's passion for the game even at touching 40.
"Have a super birthday little master S Tendulkar great to se you still playing and having fun a true Legend of the game," Walsh tweeted.
Tendulkar's Mumbai Indians team-mates Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Kartik and Pragyan Ojha used Twitter to wish him on the occasion."Happy Birthday @sachin_rt the best man I know on and off the field. #YoungAt40 #Legend," Rohit tweeted.
Image: Sachin Tendulkar cuts birthday cake with wife Anjali
Photographs: Mumbai India
Preity Zinta's warm wishes to Sachin
Kartik added, "Happy Birthday @sachin_rt. You have and always will be the biggest inspiration to our country."
"Many many happy returns of the day to the Legend and the God of Indian Cricket and our very own Sachin paaji," Ojha wrote.
In his birthday message, Ajinkya Rahane admitted that it was Tendulkar who inspired him to play cricket like many other youngsters.
"wish you a very happy birthday and a great year ahead. @sachin_rt," he wrote.
"i started playing cricket because i wanted to be like you.. thanks Sachin Paji for being what you are to me. @sachin_rt."
Bollywood actress and IPL team Kings XI owner, Preity
Zinta also wished Tendulkar."@sachin_rt Happy Birthday Sachin ! May all things wonderful big & small always come your way now & forever ! Lotza love always..."
Image: Preity Zinta