Sachin Tendulkar’s statue unveiled at Wankhede Stadium ahead of IND-SL World Cup match
A lifetime statue of Sachin Tendulkar was unveiled at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday on the eve of the India-Sri Lanka ICC World Cup match.
‘The Master Blaster’, widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, was present when his statue was unveiled at the iconic venue where he won his only World Cup victory 12 years ago ago and in which he also played an emotional game against him. West Indies in 2013.
Tendulkar was accompanied by his wife Anjali and daughter Sara at the unveiling, according to report on News18. Besides the Tendulkars, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, BCCI secretary Jay Shah and Vice President Rajeev Shukla and Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar – who was the BCCI chief during the 2011 World Cup – were present. also, as was the famous fan Sudhir Gautam.
The statue, which shows Tendulkar playing a lofted drive down the ground, has been duly installed near the Sachin Tendulkar Stand at Wankhede. It was designed by Maharashtra-based artist Pramod Kamble.
Tendulkar, in 2009, became the first Indian sports figure to have a life-size statue unveiled at Madame Tussauds in London.
Upon his international retirement in 2013, Tendulkar held a host of records which included most runs in both Tests (15,921) and ODIs (18,426) as well as most centuries in both formats – 51 and 49 in Tests and ODIs respectively. He is the only cricketer in the history of the sport to have 100 international years to his name.
His record of 49 ODI tons, however, could be equaled by Virat Kohli in the match against Sri Lanka on Thursday. Kohli took his ODI century tally to 48 with his unbeaten 103 against Bangladesh in Pune on October 19 and will hope to collect the 49th in Maharashtra on Thursday.
The Indian batting superstar has played a key role in the Men in Blue’s solid run so far in their home World Cup campaign, registering three fifties as well as an unbeaten ton, including 95 against the New Zealand in the next game.
India will be hoping to become the first team to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals on Thursday. Rohit Sharma’s men are the only team undefeated so far in the tournament; They have won six of their matches so far, the latest of which came against defending champions England (100 runs) in Lucknow on Sunday.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka are on the brink of elimination after their seven-wicket win against Afghanistan in Pune on Monday. The 1996 world champions have just four points from six games and will need to win all of their remaining games to have any chance, rather than relying on other results to go their way as well.
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