Tendulkar’s fans fume at Cricket Australia’s cheeky birthday tweet to Fleming


NEW DELHI: April 24 is a hallowed date in Indian cricket history, for it is Sachin Tendulkar’s birthday. A day which the Indian cricket legend’s fans the world over,  mark with reverence and die-hard love in the form of countless wishes flooding social media, reported Times of India.

April 24 also happens to be the birthday of former Australia fast bowler Damien Fleming, and to celebrate it, cricket.com.au (the official website of Cricket Australia), pushed out a tongue-in-cheek tweet on Tuesday which has sent Tendulkar fans into a tizzy.

The tweet, along with the text ‘some @bowlogist gold from the man himself – happy birthday, Damien Fleming!’ is accompanied by a video clip of Fleming bowling Tendulkar during an ODI in Perth during the 2000 Carlton & United Series.


It did not take long for Tendulkar supporters to lash out at CA on Twitter.

The Indian fans reminded CA that Sachin blasted Australian bowling attack in 1998 stating “I think you missed this masterstroke from our own Tendulkar against so-called Swing King.”

One user mentioned: “On Sachin’s Birthday you are posting a video how Damien Fleming bowled him. Couldn’t you find another batsman instead of Sachin?”

For the record, Fleming dismissed Tendulkar seven times in combined Test and ODIs. In India v Australia match-ups featuring Tendulkar, Brett Lee got the legend’s scalp the most time – 14 – followed by Glenn McGrath (13), Gillespie (8) and Fleming.
Fleming, who turned 48 today, celebrated his birthday in India following his commentary stint for the ongoing IPL.