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Watch: Sachin Tendulkar turned into Santa Claus

On Christmas Day, while the Indian cricket team prepared to take on Australia at Melbourne, former cricketer and perennial superstar Sachin Tendulkar padded up for a different innings.

To spread the Christmas cheer, he put on a full Santa Claus costume to surprise the residents at a childcare home.

“Merry Christmas everyone, today we are going to go to a care centre called Ashray where I am going to spend time with children. By the way, they have no clue I am coming,” said Sachin in the video.

He was later seen playing cricket and dancing with the children, who seemed to be having a gala time.

The master blaster was in news recently after he defended the Perth pitch, saying it was not average by any stretch of the imagination.

“Pitches play a crucial role, especially in Test cricket. In order to revive Test cricket and generate excitement, we need to provide more pitches like the one at Perth, where the skills of batsmen and bowlers are truly Tested. This pitch was by no means “Average”,” Tendulkar had written on Twitter on Sunday.

Sachin Tendulkar was surprised when Ranveer Singh told him he will replicate Kapil Dev’s action.

When India played England at Lord’s earlier this year, Ranveer met Tendulkar at the stadium and told him about his preparations for the movie on the 1983 World Cup win.

Bollywood star Ranveer Singh left batting legend Sachin Tendulkar surprised when he told him that he will be replicating Kapil Dev’s action in the move on India’s 1983 World Cup victory.

The most challenging thing is just around the corner, as in January, I will be going to train to bowl like Kapil Dev. That’s going to be hard. I must tell you the story. I went to Lord’s to watch a Test match.

It rained all day and there was not a single ball bowled. In the box, Sachin Tendulkar happened to come. I was lucky enough to get some time with him. I was telling him I am doing this movie and I am playing Kapil Dev.

I told him I am going to do all the homework and I am going to get the look and accent everything, but I think the most difficult part would be the bowling. And he was like – oh, you are going to do the bowling yourself? He also thinks it’s going to be tough,” Ranveer Singh told CNN News 18.

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