- Sachin Tendulkar has wished his former rival Lance Klusener a very happy birthday, but he did so in Zulu
- Tendulkar said Klusener was famous for being fluent in Zulu so it seemed appropriate
- Klusener became known as Zulu to his South African fans during his playing career
Legendary Indian batsman Sachin ‘the little master’ Tendulkar sent Lance ‘Zulu’ Klusener a very special birthday message, in Zulu. Tendulkar took to twitter to wish the former Proteas big-hitter a happy birthday and noted that Klusener was famous for being fluent in Zulu.
Tendulkar surprised his 27 million Twitter followers with a post in a language with which few of them would have any familiarity. His message to Klusener was “Happy Birthday, I hope you have a great year my friend.”
Klusener was known as Zulu to his loyal South African fans during his playing days. He served as a big-hitting all-rounder in the South African team. His talent for hitting sixes made him a crowd favourite and a pain in the side of virtually every bowler he ever faced.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Klusener celebrated his 47th birthday on Tuesday. He played 171 One Day Internationals and 49 Tests for South Africa before retiring in 2004.
Klusener has made a name for himself in both the local and international coaching and consulting arena. He has on occasion commented on cricket games in Zulu.
Sport24.com reported that Klusener was recently appointed as a consultant to Delhi’s franchise team which takes part in the Ranji Trophy. Klusener will advise the T20 and one-day teams ahead of the 2018/2019 season.
Klusener has served as the batting coach for the Zimbabwean national cricket team which is currently in a rebuilding phase after spending years in the cricketing wild.
Zulu’s most notable coaching job was when he took charge as head coach of the KZN Dolphins between 2012 and 2016.
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