Sydney, Feb 26 (): Indian master batsman Sachin Tendulkar has been honored with Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) membership for his contribution to cricket at the venue.
SCG Trust chairman Rodney Cavalier was presenting Tendulkar with the honour prior to Sunday’s one-day international between Australia and India.
Tendulkar has played 188 Tests and scored a record 15,470 runs, with the SCG generally a happy hunting ground for the Little Master. He has a Test average of 157 in Sydney, where he has crafted three centuries.
The 38-year-old has struggled for most of India’s current tour of Australia, with his wait for a 100th international hundred now stretching through 11 Tests and 9 one-dayers after his 111 against South Africa in the World Cup last March.
“The Trust does not award honorary memberships lightly. Sachin is the first overseas player in any sport, and only the second cricketer, to be handed the honour,” Cavalier said.
“Cricket fans have been treated to many splendid innings by Sachin at the SCG, including his innings of 241 in 2004 where he shared a magnificent partnership of 353 with VVS Laxman.
“Sachin has also conducted himself with grace and dignity throughout his career. I’m sure all members and cricket fans would welcome him back to the SCG at any time.”
Tendulkar is the first and the only player in Test Cricket history to score fifty centuries, and the first to score fifty centuries in all international cricket combined; he now has 99 centuries (48 in ODI & 51 in test) in international cricket.
On 17 October 2008, when he surpassed Brian Lara’s record for the most runs scored in Test cricket, he also became the first batsman to score 12,000, 13,000, 14,000 and 15,000 runs in that form of the game, having also been the third batsman and first Indian to pass 11,000 runs in Test cricket.
He was also the first player to score 10,000 runs in one-day internationals, and also the first player to cross every subsequent 1000-run mark that has been crossed in ODI cricket history. In the fourth Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia, Tendulkar surpassed Australia’s Allan Border to become the player to cross the 50-run mark the most number of times in Test cricket history, and also the second ever player to score 11 Test centuries against Australia, tying with Sir Jack Hobbs of England more than 70 years previously.
Tendulkar has been honored with the Padma Vibhusan award, India’s second highest civilian award, and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, India’s highest sporting honor.