Cricket’s god pays homage to Sri Sathya Sai

Updated: Apr 25, 2011, 12:10 PM IST

Zeecric Bureau

Hyderabad: Cricketing god Sachin Tendulkar, an ardent devotee of Sai Baba, visited the Prashanti Nilayam on Monday to pay homage to his ‘Guru’ Sri Sathya Sai. He was accompanied by his wife Anjali Tedulkar as the teary eyed couple saw their spiritual mentor for the last time.

Sachin was a sad man on his 38th birthday yesterday as his spiritual guru Satya Sai Baba passed away at 7:40 in the morning. Tendulkar was thereafter confined to his room at the Grand Kakatiya hotel.

"He did not even have breakfast. No one was allowed to enter his room," a hotel manager said.

The Mumbai Indians captain would not celebrate his birthday in view of the tragedy and was somber in his team’s victory over Deccan Chargers.

A `Do Not Disturb` sign was hung on his hotel room door since the news of Baba`s demise came and Tendulkar did not even meet his teammates, the hotel manager said.

Ever since playing in the Sri Sathya Sai Unity Cup at Baba`s behest, where Sachin led an India XI against World XI on 30th December 1997 at the Hill view Stadium in Puttaparthi, Sachin has been a regular visitor at his spiritual guide`s home.

The organisers decided to switch off the music systems and also disband the cheergirl squads from the venue as a mark of respect to the departed Sai Baba.It was also decided to observe a two-minute silence at 3.57 PM on Sunday as a mark of respect to the departed soul.

Sachin made a point to visit Prashanti Nilayam whenever he had the time to do so. The most recent one being when he sought the blessings of Baba just before the 2011 World Cup which India won.