Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly turned 46 on Sunday and his opening partner Sachin Tendulkar might have surprised him with his birthday wish.
It wasn't a monotonous wish, Sachin wished his former teammate in Bengali. "দাদা - আপনার জন্মদিন সুখ আর ভালোবাসায় ভরে উঠুক ।। Wish you a year full of দাদাগিরি, @SGanguly99 ????," tweeted the little master. It translates to "Dada your birthday should be filled with happiness and love .. Wish you a year full of dadagiri" in English.
Regarded as the best opening partnership in ODI cricket, the two cricketers share a very strong bonding. Sourav and Sachin featured in 21-century partnerships in ODIs.
When Sachin was playing his last Test, the Bengal cricketer was asked about the extra-ordinary see off he was getting, on which Ganguly said, "Sachin deserves it, as he changed the face of Indian cricket.… Nothing goes on forever and even the Prime Minister can’t keep occupying the chair."
Ganguly had first met Sachin in an under-15 camp in Indore. About his first meet with Sachin, he said, "From what I remember, Sachin had an enormous love for the game, which manifested itself in many forms.… Later, we went together to England with Kailash Ghattani’s team.… Bombay (as Mumbai was then known) had a big presence in Indian cricket, unlike now, and people had begun talking about Sachin. I knew he’d play for India sooner rather than later, but had no idea how great he’d become. My idea of greatness was different."