Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who has accomplished a record breaking cricket career, turned 40 on Wednesday.
Amid media speculations of Tendulkar retiring from the game, he is still managing to hit the balls at the 22-yard as he is playing for Mumbai Indians in the current Indian Premier League.
He started his career at the age of 16 in 1989 and has played a record 198 Tests and 463 one-dayers, scoring an incredible 100 international hundreds.
Tendulkar became first batsman in history to cross the 34,000 run aggregate in all formats of the game put together.
Sachin Tendulkar is almost worshipped as a God in India, where cricket is treated as a religion.
He is acknowledged as one of the greatest batsmen in One Day International and second only to Don Bradman in the all time greatest list in Test cricket.
Tendulkar, who decided not to play Twenty20 internationals after just one match in 2006, announced his retirement from one-day cricket last December.
Tendulkar has been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan award, India´s second highest civilian award, and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, India´s highest sporting honour.
He was also the first sportsperson and the first one without aviation background to be awarded the honorary rank of Group Captain by the Indian Air Force.
Tendulkar has received honorary doctorates from University of Mysore and Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences. Sachin holds the 19th rank in ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen as of March 17 2013.
In 2012, he was nominated to Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India.
Fans wished the cricketing legend via micro-blogging site Twitter.
One Thomas Vellaringattu tweeted:"Happy Birthday Sachin Tendulkar."
Another Manish Sethia tweeted:"I Would gift Sachin a 1001 Tweets Salute to his twitter a/c on his Birthday."
Ameya Lokhande tweeted:"Watch out for 40 tweets coming your way. 40 tweets to celebrate the one and only Sachin Tendulkar´s 40th birthday."