India’s legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar, famously known as ‘God of Cricket’ has turned 47 today. He has been the definition of cricket for many all over the world during his 24-year international career. Sachin has decided not to celebrate his birthday this year as a mark of respect to the frontline workers leading India’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
“Sachin has decided that this is not the time for celebrations. He feels that this is the best tribute he can pay to all the doctors, nurses, paramedics, policemen, defence personnel, who are at the frontline,” a source close to Mr. Tendulkar told sources.
His cricket fraternity and fans wished him on social media. Indian captain Virat Kohli took to Twitter to share a picture of him with Sachin Tendulkar and wrote a heartfelt message to wish the Indian cricket legend.
“Happy birthday to the man whose passion for the game of cricket has inspired many. Wishing you an amazing year ahead paaji. @sachintendulkar,” Virat Kohli captioned the post.
Not only Kohli, Virender Sehwag also extended his wishes on social media. Sachin Tendulkar made his debut at the young age of 16 against Pakistan and became one of the world’s iconic workers. Sachin announced his retirement from ODIs in December 2012, from T20 in October 2013.
He finished his career as the leading run-getter in international cricket, with 34,357 runs. Tendulkar is the only player in the history of cricketer to have scored 100 international hundreds. He is also known as the first male cricketer to score a double-century in an ODI-match.