Bengaluru: It is batting legend Sachin Tendulkar’s 47th birthday today (April 24). The man, despite having retired from international cricket, continues to rule the hearts of cricket fans. Tendulkar’s millions of supporters started wishing the Master Blaster from yesterday.

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On Twitter, #HappyBirthdaySachin started trending on Thursday (April 23) evening itself. There were over 2 lakh tweets on Tendulkar’s birthday as on Friday morning. #HappyBirthdaySachin is the top trend on Twitter.

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Tendulkar, who made his international debut in 1989 against Pakistan, is the holder of many cricket records. He featured in a world record 200 Tests and 463 ODIs. He also played in one T20I.

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He retired in November 2013 after playing his 200th and final Test match at this home ground Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. It has been seven years since he bid adieu to international cricket but the love and affection fans shower on him has not dwindled.

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Tendulkar is the only batsman in the history of cricket to have scored 100 hundreds (51 in Tests, 49 in ODIs) in international cricket. He is the highest run scorer in both Tests (15,921 runs) and ODIs (18,426).

After retirement, Tendulkar has been an “icon” for Indian Premier League (IPL) side Mumbai Indians (MI). Recently, he was back on cricket field, playing for India Legends in the Road Safety World Series (RSWS).

Born on April 24, 1973 in Bombay (now Mumbai), Tendulkar made his first-class debut in 1988-89 season. At the age of 16, he made his Test debut, against Pakistan, in Karachi.

In 2011, playing his final World Cup, Tendulkar won the trophy on his home ground. He was carried around the ground by his teammates including Virat Kohli.

With India under a lockdown due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Tendulkar has decided to not celebrate his birthday this year.

Asianet Newsable joins millions of Tendulkar’s fans in wishing the superstar a very happy birthday.

Here are some of the birthday tweets for Tendulkar from fans