Ki kara pappey petrol khatam hi nahin honda,” is what cricketer Yuvraj Singh wrote on his Twitter account just after teammate Sachin Tendulkar’s record-breaking 200 runs in the Gwalior one-dayer. Yuvraj was only one of the millions who flooded the net-o-sphere heaping praises on the “God of cricket”.
Hail the lord
Master Blaster’s long time rival, former Australian player, Shane Warne, tweeted, “Yes, yes, yes! Well done Sachin my friend! Awesome.” Bollywood too was quick to congratulate Tendulkar. “You make us proud Sachin,” wrote actor Abhishek Bachchan on Twitter.
Actor Kunal Kapoor posted, “Two Hundred runs in a One Day! TWO HUNDRED! Never before and probably never after.” While Shah Rukh Khan congratulated the cricketer and promised to tweet a poem (written by his daughter Suhana) in Tendulkar’s honour, a jubilant Preity Zinta tweeted, “Sachin! You are my hero! Team India rocks because Sachin shocks the opposition!”
“India is blessed with brilliance as great as Sachin’s. He makes us all very proud,” posted actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar. Actor Vivek Oberoi posted, “So much 2 learn from the master... he has faced every taunt, every critic, every insult with tremendous dignity and always answered with his bat!”
Celebrities apart, thousands of fans clogged every social networking site with posts. A Sachin Tendulkar community on Orkut with more than five lakh members had nearly 4,200 posts congratulating their hero. Another group on Facebook with 93,485 members saw thousands of congratulatory posts.
SMS-es lauding the cricketer also started doing the rounds immediately after Sachin’s record double century. From ‘God wanted to play cricket, so he sent Sachin on earth,’ to messages taking potshots at brands that dropped Sachin Tendulkar, lakhs of SMS-es were circulated within a few hours. A lot of messages also took digs at Pakistani cricketer Saeed Anwar as it was his world record of 194 runs that was broken by Tendulkar.