Mumbai: It has been 16 months since Sachin Tendulkar retired from international cricket, but he continues to receive the same amount of adulation and cheers wherever he goes.
The legendary batsman and India’s Bharat Ratna turned 42 on Friday.
No one has forgotten his emotional farewell to the game at the Wankhede Stadium in 2013, which seems like yesterday. Tendulkar may have taken farewell from the game he loved and served in the right earnest but tries his best to contribute for its improvement.
The little master, whose autobiography â€˜Playing It My Wayâ€™ was released to tremendous response in November last year, was also the Brand Ambassador of the ICC World Cup held in February-March this year.
Now a co-owner of Indian Super League football franchise Kerala Blasters, cricket’s most prolific run maker and compiler of a staggering 100 international hundreds will be in Mumbai on Friday to celebrate his birthday, a day before MI’s next home game against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Wankhede Stadium.
Saturday’s match has been earmarked for Reliance Foundation’s Education For All initiative and is expected to be watched by Tendulkar and 28,000 children for whom the game has been earmarked.
Though the batting maestro has ended his on-field journey, he continues to attract attention with his insights and comments about the game that he adorned for nearly a quarter of a century.
(With inputs from PTI)