And the God Of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar turned 44 yesterday. Countless Indians thronged his Twitter to express their love and heartfelt wishes. Amongst them was the AIB founder and stand up comedian, Tanmay Bhat. While the world expressed and conveyed their wishes to the master blaster batsman of the Indian Cricket Team, Tanmay Bhat took to his social media accounts to post a heartfelt letter that may have failed to evoke a response from the man himself, Sachin Tendulkar but moved the Twitterati. This post comes closely on the heels of the Snapchat controversy that embroiled Tanmay Bhat over the usage of the face-swapping feature and his mock conversation between the legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar and the legendary batsman, Sachin Tendulkar with the topic of merits of Virat Kohli as a batsman. The video that was replete with expletives was panned heavily for its apparent disrespectful content and the comedian faced brickbats on the social media and a threat from the political party, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).
Tanmay Bhat’s emotional birthday post for Sachin Tendulkar comprised of how the comedian had cried as a child until he reached the epic Wankhede Stadium where Sachin Tendulkar was batting. Revered for his ace batting skills, Sachin Tendulkar was heartily wished by Tanmay Bhat as, “Thank you for my childhood. Thank you for being an inspiration. Thank you for making me cry.” Speaking more over the controversy that caused a furore with few supporting the comedian, Tanmay Bhat who had apologized for his mock conversation, expressed his regret over the fact that Sachin Tendulkar would remember him for his “silly joke” but the comedian is optimistic that he hopes to meet the legend some day and make him laugh for all the right reasons. Sachin Tendulkar is a member of the Rajya Sabha and Tanmay Bhat requested the ace cricketer to attend the Parliament more often as the country would feel safer seeing him than the other Parliamentarians and involved in the welfare of the country. Read the emotional message here.
While Sachin Tendulkar may not have paid heed to this emotional outburst from Tanmay Bhat, the rest of the Twitterati certainly warmed up and requested Sachin Tendulkar to reply to Tanmay’s tweet.
With Twitter rooting for Tanmay Bhat, we wait and watch if Sachin Tendulkar caves in to the wishes of his fans and retweets or replies to Tanmay Bhat’s honest apology!