Sachin Tendulkar turns 38

Hyderabad: Iconic Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar turned 38 today with the historic World Cup triumph being the most memorable high of a successful year for the veteran batsman.

But the big day is expected to be devoid of any major celebrations because of the death of Shri Sathya Sai Baba, of whom Tendulkar is a devotee.

Asking his fans to pray for the well being of Sai Baba, Tendulkar had yesterday tweeted, "I m praying for Shri Sathya Sai Baba`s quick recovery. Hope everyone will join me in praying for his return to good health."

But with the spiritual guru succumbing to multiple organ failure this morning, Tendulkar may not celebrate his birthday at all.

The 86-year-old Sai Baba had been undergoing treatment for multi-organ dysfunction since March 28.

Tendulkar, who sits on such a huge pile of runs and records which any contemporary batsman would find nearly impossible to exceed, is not known to be flamboyant in his celebrations.

If he is not busy on the field, an intensely private Tendulkar prefers to blow the candles just in the company of his two kids, wife Anjali and other family members.

In fact, the Mumbaikar got his biggest gift weeks before the special day.

The trophy might have been lifted first by Mahendra Singh Dhoni after the finals on April 2 but much before India won it, the members of the World Cup squad were falling over each other to dedicate it to Tendulkar, who was making his sixth and perhaps the final appearance in the mega-event.

Tendulkar had played five World Cups before this edition but had never been a part of the winning squad. His dream was finally fulfilled this time and even for a man who is known to be discreet in expressing emotions, the tears were all too visible when his teammates carried him on their shoulders for a lap of honour.