New Delhi - Fans of Sachin Tendulkar were left fuming on
Tuesday after Cricket Australia poked fun at the "little master" -
revered as a quasi-god in India - on his 45th birthday.
The board posted a video of retired Australian paceman
Damien Fleming - who shares a birthday with Tendulkar - bowling the Indian
great with a quick delivery.
"Some @bowlologist gold from the man himself - happy
birthday, Damien Fleming!" Cricket Australia quipped in its
But the humour was lost on Tendulkar's millions of fans on
the subcontinent, who seemed to either miss the joke or balk at the perceived
slight on such a hallowed day.
"No matter how many bans, Australians will never
change," wrote Shashank, a Tendulkar fan, dredging up the recent bans
handed to top Australian players over a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
"Hi, could you please check the full footage of that
match to know that @bowlologist got swing because of any sandpaper or sugar
?????" wrote Arjun, another fan, also alluding to the affair that saw
Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft suspended.
Tendulkar -who is followed by almost 26 million fans on
Twitter and worshipped by many more in India - has not commented on the video.
His birthday was celebrated across the country, with many of
his ardent followers cutting cakes in rituals given airtime on Indian
Tendulkar, the highest run-scorer of all time in both Test
matches and one-day internationals, retired after playing in 200 Tests in which
he scored 15 921 runs.