Sachin Tendulkar’s Life-Size Statue To Be Unveiled At Wankhede Stadium During 2023 World Cup | Cricket News
Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar will celebrate his 50th birthday on April 24 this year. To commemorate this occasion, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) will be unveiling a life-size statue to Tendulkar at his home ground Wankhede Stadium. The decision was announced by MCA president Amol Kale on Tuesday (February 28).
Kale revealed that the statue will be erected outside the MCA lounge on a circular platform. The MCA is celebrating the ‘Golden Jubilee’ year of the ‘Master Blaster’ at the Wankhede and the statue is a part of the celebration. In cricket stadiums across the country, there are only a handful of life-size statues.
Only three different statues of the former Indian captain Colonel CK Nayudu have been erected thus far. They are located at the Holkar Stadium in Indore, the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) stadium in Nagpur and the VDCA stadium in Andhra. Tendulkar was present at the MCA with Amol Kale and interacted with reporters.
“This decision is a pleasant surprise for me, 1998 is when it all started at the Wankhede. The journey started here for me. Played my first Ranji match here. Long ago, Achrekar sir reprimanded me here and from thereon I became a serious cricketer. I played my last match at this very venue. Life has come full circle for me here. I have wonderful memories of this place, some memorable and some not-so-good. It’s a big moment for me,” Tendulkar told the reporters in Mumbai.
#WATCH | Mumbai: On his life-size statue being erected inside Wankhede stadium by MCA, Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar says, “Pleasant surprise. My career started here. It was a journey with unbelievable memories. Best moment of my career came here when we won 2011 World Cup…” pic.twitter.com/OAHPP7QkSB
— ANI (@ANI) February 28, 2023
The former India captain recounted about his memories of the Wankhede and said that it holds a special place in his heart. “I am still a 25 -year-old with 25 years of experience I would say. It’s good and I would like to thank the MCA for this really great gesture. It’s a very special place for me and a lot of things happened in my career because of the MCA. The amount of time that I have spent here is second to none and I have enjoyed being here and playing here. A special place for me. I got the message from MCA regarding the statue and it’s a special occasion for me. I came here to discuss the type of statue that will be created and to identify a place for it. Things such as these are rare and unique,” he said.
MCA President Amol Kale mentioned that the statue will be unveiled during the 2023 ICC World Cup that will be held in India. “We will unveil the statue during the World Cup as a lot of members from the cricket fraternity will be here and will try to make it a grand occasion,” Kale said.
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