24th April. The one cricket birthday that no Indian fan will forget. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar turned 43 on Sunday and the twitter-verse was overflowing with wishes for the Master Blaster.
It's been 18 years since that memorable night in Sharjah where Tendulkar made sure his birthday will remain a part of Indian cricketing folklore as he made back-to-back centuries against Australia.
Players, current and former, sent in their wishes, starting with none other than Virat Kohli.
Many happy returns of the day champion @sachin_rt have a blessed year!— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) April 24, 2016
Wishing my role model Sachin paaji a very Happy Birthday @sachin_rt May god bless you and stay healthy always.— ajinkyarahane88 (@ajinkyarahane88) April 23, 2016
Many happy returns of the day to god of cricket a humble man and a true gem ! The hero of our nation @sachin_rt God bless you master !🎉❤️☝🏼️— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) April 23, 2016
Fans, were as always, fondly remembering some of Sachin's greatest moments on the cricket field and #HappyBirthdaySachin was trending as early as midnight.
That Moment when the Record of "Maximum People Crying at the Same Time" was Made !!#HappyBirthdaySachinpic.twitter.com/d1x3DKep5z— Babu Bhaiya (@Shahrcasm) April 24, 2016
It's difficult to bear the burden of one family, but this man sumandhufied baaram of one billion people for 25 years! #HappyBirthdaySachin— Srini Mama (@SriniMama16) April 23, 2016
"Abhi Sachin Khel Raha Hai" were the most positive words of the 90s.#HappyBirthdaySachin— Sagarcasm (@sagarcasm) April 23, 2016
A fan account on Facebook perhaps came up with the most moving of tributes -- chronicling all of Sachin's 100 100s with his memorable farewell speech in the background.
What else can we say? Happy Birthday Sachin! Here's to many more!
And the man himself celebrated in a classy way - Celebrating his birthday with children from Make-A-Wish India
Bonus viewing: Teaser of the upcoming Sachin docu-feature