Sachin Tendulkar has made unparalleled contributions to Mumbai cricket, and it appears that the Master Blaster will soon be honored for those accomplishments in the grandest manner imaginable. A life-size monument of the renowned batter is scheduled to be erected at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.
According to the Indian Express, the statue will either be unveiled on Sachin’s approaching 50th birthday (April 30) or later in the year during the 50-over World Cup, which is scheduled to be held in the nation. Sachin played his final international match at the iconic venue in 2013 against the West Indies. Amol Kale, the president of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), has granted Sachin’s request, and once it is realized, it will be the first statue ever erected at the illustrious location.
“It will be the first statue in Wankhede Stadium, we will decide where it will be placed,” MCA president Kale was quoted as saying by The Indian Express. “He (Sachin) is a Bharat Ratna and everyone knows what he has done for cricket. As he turns 50, it will be a small token of appreciation from the MCA. I spoke to him three weeks ago and his consent was received,” Kale said.
MCA is renowned for giving honorable obituaries to its athletes who were able to make a difference in the sport and establish a cult following for themselves. An existing stand at the same location is named after the World Cup champion from 2011. Moreover, it contains a booth dedicated to Dilip Vengasarkar and a business box named after Sunil Gavaskar, the Little Master.
Before his great international career, which lasted more than 20 years, ended at the Wankhede in a Test match against the Windies in November 2013, Sachin enjoyed a long and successful international career. He achieved numerous historic firsts while he was still playing.