Sachin Tendulkar was embarrassed in front of Amitabh Bachchan when son Arjun wiped his hand on actress kurta

Sachin Tendulkar was embarrassed in front of Amitabh Bachchan when son Arjun wiped his hand on actress kurta

Former Indian cricket team captain Sachin Tendulkar celebrates his 48th birthday on Saturday. Did you know that Sachin's son Arjun had once caused him embarrassment in front of Amitabh Bachchan? The cricketer had once shared the incident with media.

The Little Master, whose full name is Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, was born on this day in 1973 in a Maharashtrian family in Dadar, Mumbai.

Tendulkar recently recovered from coronavirus and like last year, won't be celebrating his birthday looking at the current scenario amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Tendulkar had decided not to celebrate his birthday in 2020 as a mark of respect to the frontline workers leading India's fight against the virus outbreak.

Social media was flooded with birthday wishes for the cricket icon with former players and fans paying tribute to one of the greatest sportsmen of all time.

"Sach is truth , Sach is life , Sach is the answer, Sach is it. Birthday greetings to not only the greatest batsman the world has seen, but the most humble and incredible human being," tweeted former India seamer and Tendulkar's ex-teammate Venkatesh Prasad.

Speaking about it on Amitabh's 75th birthday in 2017, Sachin had told Mid Day, "Arjun was only a year-and-a-half old then. We were shooting a commercial and in between shots, Arjun was sitting on our laps. Arjun was having an orange and after finishing it, he coolly wiped his hands on Mr Bachchan’s kurta. I didn’t know where to look. I was so embarrassed."

Arjun is now 21 and has recently made his entry in professional cricket after being picked up by Mumbai Indians. Amitabh and Sachin, both legends in their own fields, they have often expressed their respect for each other.

When Sachin became the first cricketer to score 50 Test centuries, he was compared with Don Bradman and Amitabh had said that the comparison was objectionable. "Why must there be a debate or even a discussion on whether Sachin is greater than Don Bradman or not? Sachin is greater, period! By bringing the topic up for debate, you are somewhere unsure whether he really is deserving of being great or not. And this is objectionable to me,” wrote Amitabh on his blog in 2010.

When they shared the stage during Umang festival in 2013, Amitabh said about Sachin, "I am grateful for the light he is giving me, by sharing the stage. Sachin is a great asset for our country and no matter what I say about him, it will not be enough. Sachin has made our country proud across the globe."

"One man, one chant, infinite emotions. Happy Birthday, Master Blaster!" Tendulkar's former IPL franchise Mumbai Indians tweeted.

Sachin Tendulkar made his debut aged 16 years against Pakistan and despite a bloodied nose and a few failures, Tendulkar became the greatest batsman since the days of Don Bradman.

The God of cricket holds many records during his playing career spanning two decades - 200 Tests, 100 international hundreds, 34357 international runs... You name them and he had them.

Tendulkar finished his career as the leading run-getter in Tests (15,921 runs) and ODIs (18426 runs in 463 games).

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.

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.

He played his final match -- his 200th Test -- at his home ground, the Wankhede stadium, in November 2013 when India hosted West Indies in a Test series.

Tendulkar also played at the lucrative Indian Premier League for Mumbai Indians. In 78 matches, the master blaster scored 2334 runs with the help of one century and 13 fifties.