Tendulkar: 'I can't believe I am 44'

Sachin Tendulkar cut a cake during a match between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant as thousands of fans at the Wankhede Stadium chanted "happy birthday Sachin."

The big screen at the Wankhede Stadium shows Sachin Tendulkar being asked by Matthew Hayden to cut a cake.   -  Prashant Nakwe

Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, on his 44th birthday, said he can't believe he's reached that age.

Tendulkar cut a cake during a match between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Rising Pune Supergiant as thousands of fans at the Wankhede Stadium chanted "happy birthday Sachin."

Tendulkar is currently MI’s mentor and he played for the franchise from 2008 to 2013.

Asked by former Australia opening batsman Matthew Hayden to cut the bat-shaped part of the cake, Tendulkar said, “You never cut a cricket bat... will cut the outfield to open up the gaps.”

“Being 44 is nice but also covering those 44 years (has been nice). My movie is probably coming out on May 26th and I have been busy these days to ensure how best it is launched. I can’t believe I am 44.”

The legendary batsman said that he never thought IPL would become so big as it is today when it was launched 10 years back.

“I never thought it will become so big. The way it has taken off, it’s remarkable. In these 10 years, people have become connected to their clubs and backing their players. Moreover, families have started attending the matches.

“Now, it’s not about some male friends getting together, the wives and grandmothers have started taking interest. That is what IPL is all about, celebrating cricket,” he said.

“This is fast cricket and it is enjoyable as it is full of action. What this format has done is it has gone to countries where cricket does not exist,” he added.