He scored 117 not out and 91 in the two finals in the Commonwealth Bank series last month as India won the prestigious tournament in Australia- arguably the glorious moment of his career. He also emerged the highest scorer in the one-day series against England (away) and Australia (at home) last year, and in Test cricket too was impressive in Bangladesh and good against England and Pakistan.
In the second Test against England at Nottingham in July, he became the third cricketer after West Indian Brian Lara Australian Allan Border to complete 11,000 runs in Test cricket. And he shone in the Test series Down Under as well. He has, on a few occasions, talked of playing through to 2011, but that seems more in the line of wishful thinking. But it is his greatness that ensures he is still the country's most talked about player, even at 35.
Good luck, Sachin, and yes, happy birthday!