A win over KKR best birthday gift for Sachin: Kumble

Kolkata, April 23 (IANS) Welcoming batting legend Sachin Tendulkar to the club of 40, former India skipper and Mumbai Indians mentor Anil Kumble Tuesday said a win over Kolkata Knight Riders Wednesday will be the best way to celebrate April 24 – the maestro’s birthday.

“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 Wednesday,” Kumble told mediapersons here.

Tendulkar’s Mumbai take on KKR in an IPL match at the Eden Gardens here Wednesday.

Special celebrations have been lined up for the master’s birthday when the Mumbai Indians batsman will turn 40.

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 Mathew Hayden called him the “Indian Don Bradman”.

Amul butter has come out with a special cartoon for the special occasion where the legend has been described as “4 X Ten dulkar” depicting his age as a wish below reads “Happy Butterday Sachin”.

To mark the occasion, a life-sized wax figure of the Indian batsman was unveiled at the Sydney Cricket Ground earlier in the week. The statue will later be displayed at Sydney’s Madame Tussauds wax museum.

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