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Anand Subramaniam in Kolkata 24 April 2013 - 01:57pm IST

Happy Birthday Sachin!

Master blaster thanks fans for the love and support

Adjectives are at a dearth when it comes to describing Sachin Tendulkar. Throughout his 23-year-old career, Tendulkar the batsman has been admired, but, yet, one cannot help but admire the humility of the master blaster off the field as well.

The ‘Master Blaster’ who turned 40 on Wednesday, made an appearance in front of the media for a cake cutting ceremony and took the opportunity to thank his fans and well wishers for the unconditional love they have showered on him till date.

“First of all thank you very much to all of you for this gesture. It is really touching. I was just walking to get here and met Anil Kumble along the way who wished me Happy Birthday and said, “Don’t worry Forty is only a number. That is very relieving,” said Tendulkar as he was all smiles addressing the press here in Kolkata.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank all the people of India and all across the world who are well wishers of mine, who have supported me throughout and showered their unconditional love for me over the last 23 years. It has been really special and because of the good wishes and prayers, I am standing here in front of you after 23 years. It has been my strength. I thought this was the best opportunity to come here and thank each and every one of them for every little thing that they have done for me,” added a humble Sachin.

The master blaster also expressed gratitude to the billions of fans who have stood by him like a spine through the ups and downs of his glorious career. “There have been various people who have made various sacrifices for me, have gone on a fast and all those kind of things when I was injured. I just want to say ‘Thank You’ to all, which I believe is not enough. I would have personally liked to meet them and thank them, but it is not possible, so I thought this is the best forum from where I can reach out to most of them and give my thanks.”

Sachin more than obliged to pose for the shutterbugs and cater to the needs of the other media personnel. One of them even asked his wife; Anjali Tendulkar to join Sachin and offer him a piece of cake. “
Abhi Muh pe lagane nahi bolna! (Now don’t ask her to put some cake on my face),” chirped Tendulkar as he showed his funny side as well.

Those around just could not walk back without a smile on their face, whatever the circumstance, however small the interaction, with ‘The Legend’. 

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