Sachin Tendulkar turns 45: Wishes pour in for ‘god of cricket’

Imagine taking guard on an international stage at just 16. Add to that, you’re facing arch-rivals Pakistan and in their own backyard. On the other end carrying the ball are the likes of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Imran Khan and Abdul Qadir. The task becomes daunting with each added layer and yet, one boy from Mumbai showed no signs of nerves and batted with such class. The signs, if not seen already, had become quite visible during his short stay in the middle. That he took multiple blows to the body on the way to 15 runs further added testimony to his never-say-die attitude. He may have retired from all forms of cricket, but his service to the nation continues unabated. And for that, India continues to applaud and hold in high regard the services of Sachin Tendulkar who turns 45 today (April 24).

PHOTOS: How Sachin Tendulkar celebrated his birthday

Tendulkar aggregated more runs than any other player in Tests and ODIs, finished with 100 centuries in internatonal cricket. His final tally read: 15, 921 Test runs and 18,426 ODI runs and numerous other records to his name. People from all spheres of life wished Tendulkar on his birthday.

“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,” said Mohammad Kaif.

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

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VVS Laxman tweeted, “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.”

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

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Boxer Vijender Singh recalled the widely popular chant of “Sachin, Sachin” that was a regular feature in stadiums across the world. “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?” he wrote in his tweet.

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

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The Legend who inpired the youth of this nation to persue their passion for Cricket. Happy Birthday @sachin_rt Paji. ? #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/k5NH9Hmi2o

— R P Singh (@rpsingh) April 23, 2018

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God bless you with a great and healthy life. Happy Birthday @sachin_rt paaji#HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/XUlKDlJefs

— Prragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) April 23, 2018

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Happy birthday to the greteast batsmen the world has even seen! Hope you have a great year ahead @sachin_rt bhai???????? pic.twitter.com/3wVXGG4ROr

— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) April 24, 2018

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Former Pakistan spin bowling legend Saqlain Mushtaq also wished his former adversory. He wrote, “Long live legend @sachin_rt #one of The best batsman ever #great inspiration #great human ? “. While India’s spinner R Ashwin said, “Happy birthday to @sachin_rt, the man who inspired a billion people to love the sport.”

Long live legend @sachin_rt #one of The best batsman ever #great inspiration #great human ? pic.twitter.com/kgb0LZY8VE

— Saqlain Mushtaq (@Saqlain_Mushtaq) April 24, 2018

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Happy birthday to @sachin_rt, the man who inspired a billion people to love the sport. ?

— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) April 24, 2018

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Wishing @sachin_rt a very happy birthday! True legend. @100MasterBlastr #HappyBirthdaySachin

— Colin Munro (@manuz05) April 24, 2018

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Harbhajan Singh said, “Hindustan ki shaan ho aap, Gul hain hum to gulistan ho aap, Shatak aur shatabadi k maharathi… Har maidaan chahta hai apko, Is yug ki pehchaan ho aap ?!!!! Janamdin Bhut Bhut mubarak ho paji @sachin_rt #HappyBirthdaySachin ”

Hindustan ki shaan ho aap
Gul hain hum to gulistan ho aap
Shatak aur shatabadi k maharathi…
Har maidaan chahta hai apko
Is yug ki pehchaan ho aap ?!!!! Janamdin Bhut Bhut mubarak ho paji @sachin_rt #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/6uVIH7ZuzS

— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 24, 2018

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Virender Sehwag, once Tendulkar’s opening partner thanked him for making the bat a weapon. He wrote, “Woh sirf ek Cricketer nahi, 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”

Woh sirf ek Cricketer nahi,
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

— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 24, 2018

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Suresh Raina tweeted, “To the man who united a billion Indians and brought a smile to their faces everytime he walked out to bat. A dream that he turned into reality. Sachin is an emotion.. Sachin is a phenomena! Happy birthday, Paaji!!”

To the man who united a billion Indians and brought a smile to their faces everytime he walked out to bat. A dream that he turned into reality.

Sachin is an emotion.. Sachin is a phenomena!

Happy birthday, Paaji!! @sachin_rt

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— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) April 24, 2018

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Shuttler N Sikki Reddy and wrestler Geeta Phogat also wished Tendulkar.

Many players have played cricket, few became Legends, few became greats but there was, is and will be only one GOD of Cricket.

Happy birthday to the greatest of the greats @sachin_rt Sir ?

#HappyBirthdaySachin

— geeta phogat (@geeta_phogat) April 24, 2018

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@sachin_rt happy birthday sir. You are an inspiration to lots of people????? may god bless you with all the happiness in the world ???

— sikkireddy (@sikkireddy) April 24, 2018

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Happy birthday #GodOfCricket paaji here is to many many more.. #HappyBirthdaySachinTendulkar #sachinturns45 @sachin_rt pic.twitter.com/57wWjcmVzq

— ANGAD BEDI! (@Imangadbedi) April 24, 2018

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The leading Test run scorer.
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

— ICC (@ICC) April 24, 2018

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