Mumbai—India’s former right-arm off-break bowler Margashayam Venkataramana turned 50 on Sunday. There are few other international cricketers also, whose birthday coincidentally fall on 24th April i.e. on a day when iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar was born 43 years ago.
“I have no regrets on my birthday being overshadowed by Sachin’s cake-day. If at all it has been overshadowed I understand what Sachin has done for the country and he deserves to be remembered in this fashion”, M. Venkataramana, speaking from his Chennai residence on Sunday afternoon, said.
“Cricket lovers and Sachin Tendulkar’s followers will not forget 24-04 and so being another Test cricketer played along with him, “I am remembered”. It is a great privilege to be celebrating on this day”, he added.
M. Venkataramana turned 7 when Sachin Tendulkar was born on April 24 in 1973. He doesn’t remember how he celebrated his seventh birthday, but now feels proud in seeing world’s cricketing God Sachin Tendulkar also cutting the cake on this day.
“Sachin has never asked his birthday be celebrated nationally but I will be the happiest man if this day is declared as a Sports Day in India. Though this has not happened in our country for any sportsman but I think Sachin deserves it”, he added.
“The postal department had released a stamp on his 200th Test match and he deserves all the importance and recognition for putting India on high esteem on world cricket map”.
India’s former wicket keeper and now a selector, MSK Prasad, was also born on this day.
ICC’s Elite Panel Sri Lankan umpire Kumar Dharmasena is also proud to share this day with Sachin.
Apparently, Sachin was busy with the cancer society program on Sunday and was not scheduled to attend the Legend’s Meeting. However, his school-mate Jatin Paranjpe was to remember his days with Sachin at the CCI on Sunday night.