The God of Indian cricket Sachin Tendulkar turned 47 on Friday.
Tendulkar has decided not to celebrate his birthday this time as a mark of respect to the health workers leading India's fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Sachin has decided that this is not the time for celebrations. He feels that this is the best tribute he can pay to all the doctors, nurses, paramedics, policemen, defence personnel, who are at the frontline," a source close to the player told PTI on Wednesday.
Sachin Tendulkar made his debut in cricket at the young age of 16 against Pakistan and went on to become one of world's iconic cricketers. His voracious appetite of scoring runs and breaking records also drew comparisons to Australian great Don Bradman.
Tendulkar announced his retirement from ODIs in December 2012, from T20 in October 2013, and finally, from all forms of cricket on November 13, 2013, after playing his 200th and final Test match against the West Indies at his home ground, Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium.
Tendulkar has already contributed a total of Rs 50 lakhs each to the PM Cares and CM Relief fund. He is also involved with several other relief work initiatives.
Tendulkar finished his career as the leading run-getter in international cricket, with 34,357 runs across formats -- 15,921 in 200 Tests, 18426 in 463 ODIs and 10 in 1 T20 international. Tendulkar was the first player to smash a double hundred in ODIs when he struck 200 not out off 147 balls against South Africa in Gwalior on February 24, 2010.
On March 16 in 2012, Sachin Tendulkar became the first and only batsman in the history of the game to score 100 international centuries. He made a record six World Cup appearances eventually ending up on the triumphant side in his last, in 2011 at the Wankhede stadium when India defeated Sri Lanka in the final.