Former India captain and one of the greatest batsmen in cricket history, Sachin Tendulkar turns 48 today. The Little Master, whose full name is Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, was born on this day in 1973 in a Maharashtrian family in Dadar, Mumbai.

Tendulkar recently recovered from coronavirus and like last year, won’t be celebrating his birthday looking at the current scenario amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Tendulkar had decided not to celebrate his birthday in 2020 as a mark of respect to the frontline workers leading India’s fight against the virus outbreak.

Social media was flooded with birthday wishes for the cricket icon with former players and fans paying tribute to one of the greatest sportsmen of all time.

“Sach is truth , Sach is life , Sach is the answer, Sach is it. Birthday greetings to not only the greatest batsman the world has seen, but the most humble and incredible human being,” tweeted former India seamer and Tendulkar’s ex-teammate Venkatesh Prasad.

“One man, one chant, infinite emotions. Happy Birthday, Master Blaster!” Tendulkar’s former IPL franchise Mumbai Indians tweeted.

Sachin Tendulkar made his debut aged 16 years against Pakistan and despite a bloodied nose and a few failures, Tendulkar became the greatest batsman since the days of Don Bradman.

The God of cricket holds many records during his playing career spanning two decades – 200 Tests, 100 international hundreds, 34357 international runs… You name them and he had them.

THE MASTER BLASTER’S LEGACY

Sachin Tendulkar appeared in a record 6 ICC World Cups (Reuters Photo)

Tendulkar finished his career as the leading run-getter in Tests (15,921 runs) and ODIs (18426 runs in 463 games).

Tendulkar was the first player to smash a double hundred in ODIs when he struck 200 not out off 147 balls against South Africa in Gwalior on February 24, 2010.

He made a record six World Cup appearances eventually ending up on the triumphant side in his last, in 2011 at the Wankhede stadium when India defeated Sri Lanka in the final.

He played his final match — his 200th Test — at his home ground, the Wankhede stadium, in November 2013 when India hosted West Indies in a Test series.

Tendulkar also played at the lucrative Indian Premier League for Mumbai Indians. In 78 matches, the master blaster scored 2334 runs with the help of one century and 13 fifties.

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