Leading Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin celebrated his 30th birthday on Saturday, just days before he is set to start in India's Test engagements against New Zealand in Kanpur.
Ashwin, who is currently the top-ranked all-rounder and the No 3 bowler in the ICC Test rankings, was wished on the occasion by personalities from various walks of life, including and especially cricketers. Here's a look at some of the greetings from microblogging website Twitter.
Virender Sehwag the Twitter personality has taken the world by storm much like Virender Sehwag the batsman. On Saturday, he was among the first to greet the wily bowler on his birthday.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 17, 2016
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar described watching his performances as "a joy".
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 17, 2016
Then there's popular commentator Harsha Bhogle, who used the choicest of words to describe Ashwin in his post.
A very happy birthday to the erudite, shrewd and skilful @ashwinravi99. Contemporary giant of Indian Cricket
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 17, 2016
BCCI dedicated a special tribute video for Ashwin, featuring some of his greatest moments in whites, including his haul of 6/54 against the Black Caps during their previous visit to India in 2012.
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 17, 2016
ICC reminded the world who the number one Test all-rounder in the world is.
— ICC (@ICC) September 17, 2016
Indian cricketers Shikhar Dhawan, Manoj Tiwary and Mohammad Kaif too did not forget to extend their greetings on the occasion, with Kaif describing Ashwin as "one of the smartest cricketers in the modern day game.
Wish you a very happy birthday bro @ashwinravi99. Rab Rakha!!!
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) September 17, 2016
Many many happy returns of the day @ashwinravi99. Have a good one bro and wish you all the success in the year ahead.
— Manoj Tiwary (@tiwarymanoj) September 17, 2016
Happy Birthday @ashwinravi99 .
One of the smartest Cricketers in the modern day game.
Keep everyone guessing,whats next!
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) September 17, 2016
Members of the Tamil film and music fraternity also joined in on the occasion. Singer and composer Anirudh Ravichander described him as "Pride of the country beyond par".
— Anirudh Ravichander (@anirudhofficial) September 17, 2016
Happy birthday ash! Have the best year ahead. @ashwinravi99
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) September 17, 2016