Tendulkar bowled a googly by buses
He is one of the greatest cricketers of all time, but was Sachin Tendulkar out LBW - Last Bus Went - during a visit to a rural English village?
The former India captain, 42, the highest-scoring batsman ever in test cricket, asked for help from his fans on social media after appearing to get stuck in Great Haseley, near Oxford. yesterday afternoon.
He posted a montage of pictures for his more than seven million fans on Twitter and Instagram yesterday, showing him casually dressed at a rural bus stop, accompanied by the message: "In Great Haseley, Oxfordshire. Missed the last bus, can anyone give me a lift??"
The message was retweeted more than 400 times and he was deluged with messages and offers of help.
One Instagram user, Asher Mihir, wrote: "Sir @sachintendulkar : Giving you lift is equal to giving lift to GOD.... I wish i could give lift...."
Another, Sanjay Sinha, added: "As an Oxfordshire resident, would have been there in a flash to rescue 'God' himself."
It appears that Tendulkar, also nicknamed the Master Blaster, sorted himself out in the end. Today he tweeted a picture of himself in shades outside a church, with the message: "Enjoyed Oxfordshire."
Tendulkar retired from cricket in November 2013. In 663 Test and one-day matches for India, he hit 100 centuries and scored 34,347 runs.
He holds the record for the most Test centuries with 51 and is widely considered one of the greatest batsmen to have ever played the game.
The day before his Oxfordshire adventure he had been at Wimbledon with current India skipper Virat Kohli to see Andy Murray crash out to Roger Federer at the semi-final stage.