Mohali: Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who turned 39 on Tuesday, thanked his fans for their "best wishes and prayers".
"Thanks for best wishes and prayers for all over the year," the birthday boy told the media after a strenuous nets session at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium.
It was Tendulkar's first birthday after scaling the epic feat of scoring 100 international centuries.
The senior batsman arrived here on Monday along with wife Anjali, ahead of Wednesday's Indian Premier League match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab.
The hotel, where the Mumbai Indians are staying, has made arrangements to celebrate his birthday.
J W Marriot hotel's chief chef, Pallav Singhal, said that the cake is ready and the hotel is eagerly awaiting the private bash.
Neeta Ambani, owner of Mumbai Indians, is expected to join the party.
Sources said that a 5kg cake has been prepared with a cricket field being the theme.