Bengaluru: India captain Virat Kohli led birthday wishes for batting legend Sachin Tendulkar as the Master Blaster turned 47 today (April 24). Present and former cricketers too to Twitter to convey their wishes and also pay rich tributes to “God of cricket”.

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Born on April 24, 1973, Tendulkar made his international debut in 1989 in Pakistan. During his illustrious 24-year career, he broke many records. He is still the highest run scorer in Tests and ODIs.

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Tendulkar is the only batsman to have scored 100 international hundreds. He played in a record 200 Tests and 463 ODIs, and also one T20I. He was part of the 2011 World Cup winning team.

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Tendulkar retired in November 2013. Post retirement he has been involved with Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians (MI) as their “icon”. This year, Tendulkar is not celebrating his birthday as the world battles the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Currently, India is under a lockdown until May 3 to contain the spread of the virus. Tendulkar is spending time at his Mumbai home with his family.

Kohli, on his Twitter account, wrote, “Happy birthday to the man whose passion for the game of cricket has inspired many. Wishing you an amazing year ahead paaji.”

India fast bowler Mohammed Shami said, “Wishing a very Happy Birthday to the most amazing person whom we all have looked upto while growing up...the man who has inspired all of us to play the game of cricket ..wish you a lovely year ahead..stay healthy..stay safe!”

Tendulkar’s former opening partner said, “True that the great man could stop time in India when batting. But the biggest inspiration @sachin_rt Paaji’s career is summed up is in these two pictures. Much needed to remember especially in these difficult times that after every adversity comes victory #HappyBirthdaySachin (sic).”