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PHOTOS: Best of Sachin Tendulkar on 40th birthday

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Updated: Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 16:37 [IST]
 
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Kolkata, Apr 24: Sachin Tendulkar celebrated his 40th birthday today and later tonight he will pad up to bat for Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2013 match against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens. The Master Blaster's incredible journey as an international cricketer began in 1989 and still continues.

Born on April 24, 1973, Tendulkar is regarded as the greatest batsman to have played the game. On his 40th birthday, we look back on his best moments in cricket - in pictures. The images include Tendulkar's biggest achievement as a cricketer - winning the 2011 World Cup at his home ground, Wankhede Stadium.

Here are the best of Tendulkar's 40 pictures on his 40th birthday. Take a look.

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"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Young Sachin Tendulkar before became a super star in cricket.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Sachin Tendulkar is seen playing tennis in his younger days. Tendulkar followed American tennis star John McEnroe and idolised him.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Few days before his 38th birthday, Tendulkar had realised his long-time dream of winning the World Cup. Seen here is Tendulkar with the World Cup trophy in front of India Gate in Mumbai.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Tendulkar with his children after winning the World Cup at Wankhede Stadium.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Tendulkar celebrates with the World Cup trophy along with his team-mates.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Tendulkar waves the Tri-colour as he is carried around by his team-mates at the Wankhede Stadium after winning the World Cup on April 2, 2011.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Tendulkar poses with his fan Sudhir Gautham after winning the World Cup. Gautham is a regular at cricket stadiums whenever Tendulkar plays.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Tendulkar and Anil Kumble with the World Cup. Kumble is now the mentor of Mumbai Indians in IPL.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Sachin Tendulkar shakes hands with Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani ahead of India-Pakistan semi-final in World Cup 2011 in Mohali.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Two legends come together for Mumbai Indians. A rare picture of Ricky Ponting checking Tendulkar's shoe spikes during a practice session of Mumbai Indians in IPL 2013.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Cricket fans offer sweets to poster of Tendulkar, depicted as Lord Hanuman, ahead of his 40th birthday in Allahabad on Tuesday (April 23).

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Sachin Tendulkar seen batting left-handed during a training session.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Tendulkar's enthusiasm has not dwindled. His passion for the game is same even at 40.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

One of the shots Tendulkar has played often in ODIs. He bid adieu to ODIs in December, 2012.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Tendulkar celebrates one of his World Cup hundreds, during 2011.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Awards have come plenty to Tendulkar. Seen here is a honour from BCCI to the Master Blaster.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Tendulkar himself has said he doesn't like people touching his feet. Seen here is a fan doing the same after the Mumbai Master scored a hundred in Ranji Trophy last year.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Fans miss Tendulkar in ODIs. A poster seen in Kochi during India's recent ODI series early this year against England.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Another honour for Tendulkar. Order of Australia awarded to the legend last year.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Tendulkar with his wife Anjali.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Tendulkar and his wife during a holiday in Mussoorie after retiring from ODIs.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Tendulkar checks out a Formula 1 car.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Tendulkar seen during a Formula One race.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Tendulkar celebrates his 100th international century, against Bangladesh in 2012.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Tendulkar during Yuvraj Singh's book launch recently.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Tendulkar with singer Asha Bhonsle.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Yet another hundred for the Master. This time in Irani Cup against Rest of India last year.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Another rare picture where Tendulkar plays a golf.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Tendulkar with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after India whitewashed Australia 4-0 in Tests recently.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Tendulkar is seen with Mumbai team-mate Wasim Jaffer. Tendulkar played few matches including the final for Mumbai in Ranji Trophy and they won the title.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Tendulkar waves to the fans in New Delhi after the fourth and final Test against Australia recently. This was Tendukar's 198th Test. Speculations were rife that that could be his last Test at home.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Tendulkar with India captain MS Dhoni.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Tendulkar is always the biggest attraction among fans. Young boys mob him for pictures.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Tendulkar and Ponting are seen during 2011 World Cup quarter-final game in Ahmedabad.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

The Master enters the ground and photographers get busy.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Tendulkar arrives for practice.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag walk out to open the batting for India.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Tendulkar seen before a 2011 World Cup game.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

One of the best reactions of Tendulkar when India succeed.

"God of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

Just a few days back, Tendulkar hit a half century for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2013. He is celebrates the feat.


Story first published:  Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 13:45 [IST]

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