April 24 is possibly the most treasured date for Indian cricket fans. It marks the birthday of cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar who was born in 1973. As he turned 45 on Tuesday, fans and sportspersons from all over the world took to social media and sent their wishes through various posts, photos and videos.
Another man who is celebrating his birthday on the same day is Australian pacer Damien Fleming who turned 48.
However, what has got cricket fans riled up in India is a tweet from Cricket Australia (CA).
On Tuesday, CA took a cheeky jibe at Tendulkar, after they wished Fleming on the social media with a video involving both the cricketers.
CA tweeted: ‘Some @bowlologist gold from the man himself - Happy birthday Damien Fleming.’
The video shows Tendulkar being bowled by the Australian fast bowler in Perth during the Carlton & United Series in 2000.
Soon after, Tendulkar fans who were unimpressed with the sly dig at their beloved hero, lashed out at the tweet by CA, sending Twitter into a frenzy. It was quite obvious that not many people found the tweet by CA funny as could be seen from the outpouring of comments.
No matter how many bans, Australians will never change...— शशांक (@iShhhshank) April 24, 2018
On Sachin's Birthday you are posting a video how Damien Fleming bowled him. Couldn't you find another batsman instead of Sachin? #HappyBirthdaySachin
Shame on CA....instead of setting a good example you do the opposite.— Nikhil Desai (@nikhild1962) April 24, 2018
We now also know where the Aussies learn their Sledging....it comes right from the TOP.
YOUR TWEET WAS IN VERY BAD TASTE
The swing...who tampered that ball?— Gaurab Mukherjee (@thumpsup) April 24, 2018
By the way of Smith's and Warner's birthday, kindly post some of their VDO's for the act they are famous for!!!
Looks like @CricketAus has vowed to demean the game and its great heritage. Posting Sachin getting out bowled on his birthday? @bowlologist gets his day fame and @CricketAus its another day of shame!— Nirav Shah (@TurnOnTheTweet) April 24, 2018
This is disrepect to Sachin & his fans.#HappyBirthdaySachin
No matter how many bans, Australians will never change... ...— Blasters Army (@BlastersOficial) April 24, 2018
For the record, Fleming has dismissed Tendulkar on seven occasions in international cricket but this was possibly the most famous of them. Fleming is fourth on the list of Australians who have dismissed Tendulkar the most times in Tests and ODIs combined. Brett Lee leads the pack with 14 dismissals against the Little Master which is one more than Glen McGrath, while Jason Gillespie has taken Tendulkar’s wicket on eight occasions.
Fleming, who retired almost 17 years back, is now into commentary and is currently in India covering the Indian Premier League.