Sachin Tendulkar continues to attract attention with his insights and comments about cricket © AFP
Sachin Tendulkar celebrates his 42nd birthday before Saturday’s clash between MI and SRH © AFP

Mumbai: Iconic former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar will turn 42 on Friday. It was just over 16 months ago that Tendulkar stepped out of cricket’s arc-lights by bidding adieu to the game. READ: Sachin Tendulkar an icon of emerging India: Shashi Tharoor

His emotional farewell at the Wankhede Stadium here at the conclusion of the 2013 India-West Indies Test series is still fresh in his admirers’ mind. READ:Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement brought lump to my throat: Omar Abdullah

Though the batting maestro has ended his on-field journey, he continues to attract attention with his insights and comments about the game that he adorned for nearly a quarter century. READ: Sachin Tendulkar brings nation to standstill

Tendulkar, whose autobiography ‘Playing It My Way’ was released to tremendous response in November last year, was the Brand Ambassador of the ICC World Cup held in the Antipodes in February-March. READ: Sachin Tendulkar congratulated by footballer Michael Owen

Now a co-owner of Indian Super League (ISL) football franchise Kerala Blasters, cricket’s most prolific run maker and compiler of a staggering 100 international hundreds will be in Mumbai on Friday to celebrate his birthday, a day before MI’s next home game against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Wankhede Stadium. READ: Sachin Tendulkar: Ajit and I lived the dream together

Saturday’s match has been earmarked for Reliance Foundation’s Education For All initiative and is expected to be watched by Tendulkar and 28,000 children for whom the game has been earmarked. READ: Sachin Tendulkar’s impact on the masses transcended generations