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Tendulkar turns 40, cuts cake with visually challenged students in Kolkata

Kolkata, April 24 (ANI): Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar turned 40 on Wednesday with cricket administrators and his fans lining up a series of events to celebrate the event in Kolkata ahead of a Mumbai Indians Vs Kolkata Knightriders IPL match here.

Tendulkar began the day with a customary cake-cutting ceremony at the Mumbai Indians team hotel.

Earlier, the Cricket Association of Bengal celebrated Tendulkar’s birthday a day in advance by cutting a 10-pound cake in the presence of 100 blind students.

Visually challenged students from Narendrapur Ramakrishna Mission Blind School and Light House for the Blind cut the cake in the evening.

“We are overwhelmed with joy. We want Tendulkar to live 100 years,” a message from the CAB read.

Wednesday’s 40-pound cake cutting ceremony was a private affair held near the dressing room.

Tendulkar’s wife Anjali cut the cake and fed him the first piece in the presence of Mumbai Indians team owner Nita Ambani and other guests.

The chocolate cake was made up of special cocoa from Ghana and Madagascar. It had an image of Tendulkar and the World Cup-winning moment of April 2, 2011.

Tendulkar thanked the people across India for forwarding their best wishes for his birthday.

In a career spanning 24 years, Tendulkar has got almost all the batting record to his name other than Brian Lara’s Test highest of 400 not out.

Tendulkar, who has called it quits from the ODI format to prolong his Test career, has a colossal 18,426 runs from 463 matches with 49 hundreds at an average of 44.83.

In the leading run-getters list of Test matches, Tendulkar is sitting on 15837 runs with 51 hundreds, way ahead of South African veteran Jacques Kallis who with 13128 runs is the only playing batsman to be in the race at fourth place.

Tendulkar has played only one T20 for India as he has limited his Twenty20 ambition to his franchise Mumbai Indians in the IPL. (ANI)