A life-sized statue of Sachin Tendulkar, the cricketing legend, was unveiled at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday, coinciding with India’s World Cup match against Sri Lanka. The statue, which was revealed yesterday, is a remarkable piece of art that perfectly captures the essence of the legendary batsman, showcasing his signature and graceful over-the-top stroke.
Strategically positioned next to the revered Sachin Tendulkar Stand, the statue symbolically connects the iconic cricketer with the venue where he crafted countless unforgettable memories.
Earlier this year, the announcement of Tendulkar’s statue installation inside the stadium created a buzz among cricket enthusiasts and fans. As the inauguration approaches, the final touches are being added to this magnificent statue, honoring the maestro who celebrated his 50th birthday in April.
The ceremony featured a prestigious lineup of dignitaries, including the esteemed presence of Tendulkar, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Notable figures from the BCCI, such as Secretary Jay Shah and Treasurer Ashish Shelar, were also in attendance, representing the cricketing world. Additionally, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) joined the occasion, with President Amol Kale, Secretary Ajinkya Naik, and other members of the apex council coming together to honor the Master Blaster on this significant event.
The sculpture, created by Pramod Kamble, a skilled painter-sculptor from Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, captures the essence of Tendulkar and immortalizes him in the heart of Indian cricket. Despite a decade passing since Tendulkar’s final appearance for India, this installation serves as a poignant reminder of that emotional moment in November 2013 when he bid farewell to the sport during his last match against West Indies on his home ground.
Tendulkar, whose cricket journey began in Mumbai, discovered an ideal platform for a special tribute. The renowned Wankhede holds significant memories for him, as it was at this venue that he reached the pinnacle of his career by winning the 2011 World Cup. In addition to having a stand named in his honor, Tendulkar’s legacy extends to places such as Madame Tussauds, where his wax statue was unveiled in 2009. This achievement marked him as the first Indian sportsperson to have his replica displayed in the museum, coinciding with his 36th birthday. Now, after 14 years, another remarkable honor is set to be bestowed upon the cricket legend.
Tendulkar’s exceptional batting skills in Mumbai have been extensively recorded. In ODIs, he accumulated 455 runs in 11 matches, showcasing an impressive average of 41.36. This remarkable performance includes a century and three half-centuries. His supremacy at this venue remains unmatched, with Mohammad Azharuddin and Virat Kohli falling behind him. In the Test format, Tendulkar’s performance is equally outstanding, as he scored 847 runs from 10 matches, maintaining an average of 47.05. Notably, he achieved a memorable 148 against Sri Lanka in 1996-97.