New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar turned 40 on Wednesday with cricket administrators and his fans lining up a series of events to celebrate the birthday of ‘God of Cricket’, who will also appear in an IPL match in Kolkata.

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The city of joy is all set to throw a huge party for the veteran batsman.

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The Mumbai Indians batsman who happens to be in Kolkata on the special occasion for his IPL team's clash against Kolkata Knight Riders, will begin the day with a customary cake-cutting ceremony at the team hotel.

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A 40-pound cake decorated with 40 different pictures of him will greet master blaster Sachin Tendulkar as he completes 40 at the iconic Eden Gardens on April 24 when the Mumbai Indians take on Kolkata Knight Riders in their IPL match.

In a career spanning 24 years, Tendulkar has got almost all the batting record to his name other than Brian Lara's Test highest of 400 not out.

Tendulkar, who has called it quits from the ODI format to prolong his Test career, has a colossal 18426 runs from 463 matches with 49 hundreds at an average of 44.83.

In the leading run-getters list of Test matches, Tendulkar is sitting on 15837 runs with 51 hundreds, way ahead of South African veteran Jacques Kallis who with 13128 runs is the only playing batsman to be in the race at fourth place.

Tendulkar has played only one T20 for India as he has limited his Twenty20 ambition to his franchise Mumbai Indians in the IPL.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Cricket Association of Bengal celebrated Tendulkar's birthday a day in advance by cutting a 10-pound cake in the presence of 100 blind students.

(JPN/Agencies/Mid-day)

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