Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar today turned 45. Born on April 24, 1973, in Mumbai, Tendulkar needs no introduction as he is arguably the best batsman the game of cricket has ever produced. The ‘Master Blaster’ as he is fondly called retired from cricket in November 2013. Even after his retirement, there is no dip in his popularity. He continues to hold the majority of batting records, like most runs in Tests and One-Day Internationals (ODIs). Apart from it, Tendulkar has the most number of centuries in both Tests and ODIs as well.

As it’s Tendulkar’s birthday, social networking sites Twitter and Facebook were abuzz with wishes pouring in for the ‘little master’. Apparently, #HappyBirthdaySachin was trending on Twitter. Cricketers, as well as other sports personalities, made it mandatory to wish the ‘God of Cricket’ on his birthday.

Leading the list was Tendulkar’s opening partner Virender Sehwag, who was at his usual best. 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.”

Viru at his usual best!

Saina Nehwal too has a birthday greeting for the legend

Wish from across the border

Kaif celebrates

Yuvraj Singh's unique wish

Very Very Special tweet from Laxman

From one champ to another

Simple but best!

And, one from King Kohli as well  

Tendulkar himself took to social media sites and posted a video message for his fans. In the video, Tendulkar said, “Thank you for your birthday wishes. I know since past 12 am the messages have been pouring in. It means a lot to me, thank you so very much for all the good wishes.”

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