Former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar might have bid farewell to game of cricket, but his craze refuses to die down among fans. One such die-hard Sachin fan made it to hot seat of reality show Kaun Banega Crorepati 9 and went on to bag Rs 25 lakh as prize money. Maharashtra’s Rajudas Rathod revealed on Amitabh Bachchan-hosted show that he has been an ardent fan of Tendulkar even since he began watching cricket. He also expressed his desire to meet the Indian legend. Following this, none other than Sachin Tendulkar himself has taken to micro-blogging site Twitter to congratulate Rathod and promise the meeting.

“Well played, Rajudas Rathod! Aapki baatein sun kar kaafi mazza aaya! I hope you didn’t break more remotes Promise we’ll meet soon!” Sachin wrote in his tweet. The KBC participant had expressed his love for Sachin on the show and said his biggest goal in life was to meet the man.

“From 1996, I have been watching cricket. I have been loving Sachin Tendulkar ever since. I used to go mad whenever Tendulkar scored a ton. However, whenever he gets out on 99, I used to be heartbroken for the next couple of days,” Rathod told Big B on the show. I used to sit in front of the TV one hour before a match started. I used to pray for Tendulkar before every match. Sachin is the reason for my joy and my pain,” he added.

Rathod also shared that he has broken many TV remotes while arguing with his daughter who wanted to watch cartoon, while he used to be glued to the TV screen when the match was on. He also said he would be speechless if he ever got a chance to meet Tendulkar. “If I ever get a chance to meet him, I won’t know what to say. I’ll touch his feet first.”

Quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati which started 17 years ago is back on small screen with another edition and a few changes. The game show this year will have real life heroes.