“I welcome Sachin to the club of cricketers past 40 and wish him all the best. The best way to celebrate his birthday would be a win over KKR today,” Kumble told mediapersons here.
Mumbai Indians take on KKR in an Indian Premier League match at the Eden Gardens here today. Special celebrations have been lined up for the master’s 40th birthday.
While the Cricket Association of Bengal has arranged for a 40-pound cake decorated with 40 different photos of Tendulkar, his IPL franchise too has planned a special evening for the batsman with team owner Nita Ambani likely to be present.
Tributes for the legend have been pouring in from across the world as former and current players heaped praises on Tendulkar.
If Tendulkar’s former captain and opening partner Sourav Ganguly described him as the “greatest cricketer he has ever seen”, then former Australian opener Matthew Hayden called him the “Don Bradman of India”.
To mark the occasion, a life-sized wax figure of the Indian legend was unveiled at the Sydney Cricket Ground last week. The statue will later be displayed at Sydney’s Madame Tussauds wax museum.