Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has been forever commemorated at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, with a life-sized statue unveiled on the evening prior to the Indian cricket team’s seventh match in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, held at the same venue. Tendulkar graced the ceremony with his presence, accompanied by his wife, Anjali, and daughter, Sara. The statue, which captures a graceful lofted shot, now stands adjacent to the Sachin Tendulkar Stand at Wankhede Stadium – a place that holds immense significance as it was his home ground and where he realized his childhood dream of winning the World Cup with India in 2011.
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The sculptor was crafted by artist Pramod Kamble, hailing from Maharashtra. In 2009, Sachin Tendulkar achieved the distinction of becoming the first Indian sports figure to have a wax statue displayed at the renowned Madame Tussauds museum when he turned 36. Tendulkar is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest batsmen to ever grace the sport, concluding his career as the most prolific run-scorer in international cricket history. Tendulkar’s statue, to be placed at his home ground, the Wankhede Stadium, is being installed nearly a decade after he played his final game for India there, which was during a two-match Test series against the West Indies in November 2013.
The opening event saw the presence of Eknath Shinde, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, and Jay Shah, the Secretary of the BCCI, among other dignitaries. Tendulkar maintains his exceptional record as the leading run-scorer in international cricket, accumulating a remarkable 34,357 runs across various formats from 1989 to 2013. Furthermore, he retains the unique distinction of being the sole player to achieve 100 international centuries.
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