Happy Birthday, Amitabh Bachchan: Hardik Pandya, PV Sindhu lead wishes on Twitter
Sportspersons like Hardik Pandya, PV Sindhu, Virender Sehwag and Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday wished megastar Amitabh Bachchan good health and happiness on his 75th birthday.Updated: Oct 11, 2017 16:33 IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
From waving the Indian flag among a sea of fans at Eden Gardens in Kolkata ahead of a T20I match against Pakistan to singing the national anthem and making his presence felt on all important sports moments of the country, Amitabh Bachchan has been one of the biggest supporters.
The Bollywood superstar, who turns 75 on Wednesday, has been a strong voice in the Indian sports circles among the fans, providing unbridled support to the sportspersons from across the fields.
Sehwag called Amitabh Bachchan the ‘greatest superstar of our country’ in his message.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly said Amitabh Bachchan is an ‘awesome gentleman’.
A very happy birthday to a superstar and a awesome gentleman.....ask me @SrBachchan— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) October 10, 2017
Badminton star PV Sindhu said Amitabh Bachchan truly signifies that ‘age is just a number’.
Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya shares his birthday with Amitabh Bachchan. Mentioning his time spent with the actor, Pandya said Bachchan was ‘evergreen’.
In the past few years, Amitabh Bachchan has rarely missed an occasion in Indian sports where he has not praised the athletes’ efforts. Let’s have a look:
1. When Amitabh Bachchan celebrated wrestler Sakshi Malik’s bronze medal in Rio Olympics 2016 by saying her feat had made India proud.
T 2351 - #Rio2016 and the women of India doing us so proud .. especially in the wresting ..Sakshi you made us proud Indians !! COME ONNN !!— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 17, 2016
2. When Amitabh Bachchan reminded everyone how special Sania Nehwal’s bronze medal win in the London Olympics 2012 win was.
T 826 - Saina Nehwal wins bronze in Badminton...very deserving ! In interview said I fight alone, against so many from China in the top rung— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 4, 2012
3. While following the football World Cup 2014, Amitabh Bachchan travelled all the way to Brazil with his son Abhishek Bachchan.
T 1544 - I won the World Cup 2014 !!!... so help me Christ .. Christo the Redeemer in Rio .. http://t.co/Xh1c6dF4as— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 13, 2014
4. When former England captain Andrew Flintoff was given a stinging reply by Amitabh Bachchan for comparing India’s star batsman Virat Kohli with England’s Joe Root.
5. During the high-intensity Test series between India and Australia, even Amitabh Bachchan got engrossed. On the Australian media’s comparison between Kohli and US President Donald Trump, Bachchan tweeted:
T 2471 - Aussi media calls Virat, Donald Trump of sports !! ... thank you Aussi media for accepting that he is a winner and the PRESIDENT !! pic.twitter.com/ZOoNtuhtC2— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 21, 2017
6. Amitabh Bachchan stood in support of Virat Kohli once again when Australia’s cricketer and coach Brag Hodge doubted his injury which he suffered at the start of IPL 2016.
T 2477 - Brad Hodge says 'Virat skipped 4th to play IPL' .. RUBBISH ! he did it to tell you that his team can wallop you even without him ! pic.twitter.com/FVxFpYcgEq— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 27, 2017
7. When India hammered England in Tests, ODIs as well as T20Is in the 2016-17 series, Amitabh Bachchan described the visitors’ decimation in a peculiar way.
T 2521 - IND v ENG series .. wiped out in Test, wiped out in one day, wiped out in T20 .. ab toh kuch wipe karne ko bacha hi nahin ! pic.twitter.com/RpLbknF7jc— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) February 1, 2017
8. But on one occasion, his tweet sparked a controversy in Indian cricket after Amitabh Bachchan made his opinion public on a certain commentator.
T 2184 - With all due respects, it would be really worthy of an Indian commentator to speak more about our players than others all the time.— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 23, 2016
First Published: Oct 11, 2017 16:14 IST