India will face Sri Lanka in their next game at the Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai. Ahead of the game, the Mumbai Cricket Association has unveiled the statue of the greatest cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin has been the face of the Indian cricket team for 24 years. The 50-year-old has been the highest run-scorer in the history of international cricket.
During the revelation of the statue Maharashtra's Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Indian Cricket Board Secretary Jay Shah, Treasurer Ashish Shelar, officials from the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), and the cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar himself were present at the stadium. The event was streamed by the MCA on YouTube. His wife Anjali and daughter Sara were also present during the event.
The batter is the Golden Ticket holder for the World Cup 2023, he was present during the game of India vs Pakistan at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, and was seen commentating during the game. He might be present during the game on Thursday.
Here's the video:
Sachin Tendulkar statue has been unlieved at Wankhede stadium. [Rohit Juglan]— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) November 1, 2023
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It is indeed a special moment for me: Sachin Tendulkar
Tendulkar said, "It is indeed a special moment for me. It was around February when Mr Shelar and Mr Kale called me on the behalf of the MCA, they said we are having this thought of having your statue inside the stadium. I was extremely delighted, to be honest. I did not know how to react. I am truly humbled when I stand here. I go to the ground, there are thousands of images that come to my head and thoughts, so many incredible memories. It is truly an honour to walk on this turf which has given me everything in life."
He further added about the first visit at the Wankhede, "My first visit to the Wankhede Stadium was way back in 1983, I was only 10 years old. The West Indies had come to India and this was after the World Cup, the excitement was there. All my colony friends in Bandra, not 10-year-olds but my brother’s friends, possibly 30-40 years old… They all decided to go for this match."