Sachin Tendulkar’s contributions to Mumbai cricket are unparalleled, and it appears that the Master Blaster will soon be honoured in one of the grandest ways possible, with a life-size statue of the legendary batter set to be installed at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.
Sachin played his final international match at the iconic venue in 2013 against the West Indies, and according to the Indian Express, the statue will be unveiled either on Sachin’s 50th birthday (April 30) or later in the year during the 50-over World Cup, which is set to be held in the country.
According to the Indian Express, Amol Kale, the president of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), Sachin has agreed to the project, and once completed, the statue will be the first to be installed at the historic venue.
“It will be the first statue in Wankhede Stadium, and we will decide where it will go,” MCA president Kale was quoted by The Indian Express as saying.
“He (Sachin) is a Bharat Ratna, and everyone knows what he has done for cricket. It will be a small token of appreciation from the MCA as he turns 50. “I spoke with him three weeks ago and received his consent,” Kale said.
MCA is known for paying appropriate tributes to its players who have contributed to the sport and established a cult following for themselves. The same stadium already has a stand named after the World Cup champion from 2011. It also has a stand named after Dilip Vengasarkar and a corporate box named after Sunil Gavaskar, the Little Master.
Sachin’s international career spanned over two decades before coming to an end in November 2013 at the Wankhede Stadium during a Test match against the Windies. During his playing career, he amassed a number of historic achievements.