He might hold the record for most-number of runs in One-Day Internationals and Test cricket, but Sachin Tendulkar was out LBW - Last Bus Went - during his recent visit to a rural English village.
The Indian 'cricket god' asked for help from his fans on Twitter after being stranded in the remote village of Great Haseley in Oxfordshire. The former Indian captain, dressed in track pants and a white T-shirt, posted a montage of photographs alongside an SOS plea: "In Great Haseley Oxfordshire. Missed the last bus, can anyone give me a lift??"
In Great Haseley Oxfordshire. Missed the last bus, can anyone give me a lift?? https://t.co/sJTHL1rN5Z— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 11, 2015
Enjoyed Oxfordshire pic.twitter.com/A1O0fPUztJ— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 12, 2015
Tendulkar's message, that might have taken his seven million Twitter followers by surprise, sparked a frenzy on social media with a majority of his fans offering to help the Master Blaster. His message was re-tweeted more than 500 times while it was liked by over 1,000 Twitter users.
"God is waiting for BUS," wrote one of his followers in response to Tendulkar's tweet. Another fan tweeted saying, "It's an old bus stop. Last bus must have stopped there many years ago."
The Little Master also shared his picture on Instagram which got 20,000 likes alongside numerous comments of the users.
Sachin Tendulkar congratulates Leander Paes, Martina Hingis and Sumit Nagpal
The former Indian cricketer, who has been a regular visitor at the All England Club this year, congratulated Indian tennis veteran Leander Paes and his mixed doubles partner Martina Hingis for winning the Wimbledon title this year. The cricket legend tweeted: "Congratulations @leander & @mhingis! Kudos to Leander on another Grand Slam title! You have been a terrific role model for youngsters."
He also congratulated India's budding tennis player Summit Nagal for winning the boys' doubles title at Wimbledon. However, it appears that Tendulkar misspelled Sumit's last name as 'Nagpal' instead of Nagal. "Congratulations Sumit Nagpal on the Wimbledon Junior Doubles title. This is just the beginning.... Work hard and follow your dreams," he tweeted.
Congratulations Sumit Nagpal on the Wimbledon Junior Doubles title. This is just the beginning.... Work hard and follow your dreams— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 13, 2015
Not the first time when a cricketer was left stranded
Sachin Tendulkar is not the first cricketer who has faced troubles while traveling in Britain. On 27 April this year, discarded England player Kevin Pietersen suffered a similar problem when he decided to ditch his Ferrari at the Surrey County Cricket club in favour of the National Rail. Pietersen took to Twitter to highlight the lack of room in the crowded train and soon realised that he was on the wrong train.
Only standing room left on this service- awesome! 🚄 pic.twitter.com/ivsDwZOYhw— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) April 27, 2015
And now I find out I'm on the wrong train...😂😂😂! I've had to get off at a station I've never heard of before & there's not a cab on sight 👎— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) April 27, 2015
STRANDED! 😭 pic.twitter.com/hmcwGVejiz— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) April 27, 2015