Kapil was told to look after Tendulkar on that first tour to England, rooming with him, as he watched the young cricketer's ambidextrous skills with amazement.
Facebook pages of Tendulkar fans sported a festive look with hundreds of posts and pictures wishing Sachin Tendulkar many happy returns of the day.
Sir Vivian Richards praises Sachin Tendulkar and says that he is 'over the moon' every time someone compares the Indian batsman with him.
Batsman Yuvraj Singh, whom Tendulkar visited in England while he was suffering from cancer, also wished the champion batsman. World Cup-winning India coach Gary Kirsten also wished Tendulkar.
There will be another round of celebrations at the Eden Gardens this evening. The Cricket Association of Bengal has always been lavish in its parties for celebrities.
Thanking his billions of fans worldwide, Tendulkar said it was because of their good wishes that he could continue playing more than two decades after his international debut.
Little Master cuts a 5-kg cake in Kolkata ahead of Mumbai Indian's IPL match against Knight Riders at Eden Gardens tonight.
The Little Master is 40 today. In an incredible 24-year journey in international cricket, Tendulkar thanks his family for its support and the fans for making him what he is, a genius!
Former captains Sourav Ganguly and Gavaskar say Sachin's best knock was his 114 against Australia at Perth in 1992.
Akram says people respect Sachin as much in Pakistan as they do in India and worldwide. He is a true ambassador.
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