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May Sachin live a 100 years: Sehwag

"I wish he lives for 100 years, and comes back from the shoulder injury and scores many more runs for India," the Najafgarh blaster said.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2006 22:14 IST

Virender Sehwag has wished birthday boy and his role model Sachin Tendulkar a 100 years of life as the maestro turned 33 on Monday.

"Although he turned 33 today, he does not look older than a 23-year-old to me," said Sehwag, the India team vice-captain. "I wished him many happy returns of the day through SMS this morning."

Tendulkar, a former India captain, had a quiet birthday along with family at his Mumbai home.

"I wish he lives for 100 years, and comes back from the shoulder injury and scores many more runs for India," Sehwag said.

Tendulkar and Sehwag, who spend a lot of time together off-field, opened the innings many times in one-day internationals and shared many glorious moments together, including the time when Sehwag became the first Indian to score a triple century in Tests.

When Sehwag reached the coveted mark in Multan in 2004, Tendulkar was the other batsman at the crease.

Sehwag, who calls Tendulkar "paaji", had later said that the maestro guided him through the final stages of the landmark innings and helped him maintain his concentration.

"He has always been my role model, and I want to see him among the runs again (after he recovers from his shoulder injury)," said Sehwag.

A troublesome right shoulder, which was operated in London last month, kept Tendulkar out of the one-day series against England at home and the two-match one-day international series against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.

Earlier in the day, former Pakistan wicketkeeper Rashid Latif called Tendulkar his "favourite player" while wishing him on his birthday.

Stumper Vijay Yadav, a former team-mate of Tendulkar, also wished the Mumbaikar well.

Tendulkar has played 132 Tests and tallied 10,568 runs at an average of 55.39 with a world record of 35 centuries.

In 362 one-day internationals, he has amassed 14,146 runs— the highest ever- at 44.20 with 39 centuries. Along the way, he has established many world records.

First Published: Apr 24, 2006 22:14 IST