While wishes poured in from every corner of the globe to wish Sachin Tendulkar on his 45th birth anniversary on Tuesday, Cricket Australia (CA) played it cheeky on Twitter in their congratulations to Damien Fleming, who shares his birthday with the master blaster.
CA sent their wishes to Fleming by posting a video in which the former Australian pacer is seen dismissing Tendulkar by pegging his off-stump back. For obvious reasons, it didn't go down well with billions of Tendulkar fans who went on to troll CA for their tongue-in-cheek tweet.
"Some @bowlogist gold from the man himself - happy birthday, Damien Fleming!" the caption along with CA's tweet read.
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) April 24, 2018
The tweet invited the ire of Indian cricket fans, who didn't waste time in venting out their anger on the microblogging website.
No matter how many bans, Australians will never change...
On Sachin's Birthday you are posting a video how Damien Fleming bowled him. Couldn't you find another batsman instead of Sachin? #HappyBirthdaySachin
— शशांक (@iShhhshank) April 24, 2018
— HBD தலைவா (@freakoffl) April 24, 2018
Shame on CA....instead of setting a good example you do the opposite.
We now also know where the Aussies learn their Sledging....it comes right from the TOP.
YOUR TWEET WAS IN VERY BAD TASTE
— Nikhil Desai (@nikhild1962) April 24, 2018
However, there were some fans from Australia who couldn't stomach why CA's tweet has irked Indian fans so much.
I can't believe all the Indian fans offended by this!
Here's a bridge for you to get over it pic.twitter.com/p5tcGs6fwd
— james munro (@jimmymunro80) April 24, 2018
Fleming, who is currently in India part of the IPL broadcasters' commentary team, turned 48 on Tuesday and celebrated it with fellow commentators in the studio.
— Suhail Chandhok (@suhailchandhok) April 24, 2018
Tendulkar quit international cricket on November 16, 2013, while Fleming retired from the game way back in 2003.