Wish I could thank every fan personally: Sachin on his 40th birthday

By HT

Sachin Tendulkar turned 40 on Wednesday with cricket administrators and his fans lining up a series of events to celebrate the senior Indian batsman, who will also appear in a T20 match in Kolkata.

The Mumbai Indians batsman, who happens to here for his team's clash against Kolkata Knight Riders, will begin the day with a customary cake-cutting ceremony at the 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.

The blind 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 will be a private affair near the dressing room. Tendulkar's wife Anjali joined him last night along with team owner Nita Ambani for more celebrations.

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