Sydney, Apr 21 (): Sachin Tendulkar’s life-sized wax statue was unveiled on Saturday at the Sydney Cricket Ground, where he has played some memorable innings. The statue was unveiled a few days ahead of the Indian batting maestro’s 40th birthday on 24 April.
Tendulkar has some wonderful memories at the SCG ground. He has scored three Test hundreds at the SCG including a 241 not out in 2004 – his best Test score then.
The statue has Sachin in blue Indian ODI Jersey and hands raised with helmet and bat as a mark of victory. Tendulkar was not present at the unveiling event as he is at present playing in the ongoing Indian Premiere League matches.
Sachin’s statue will subsequently be placed along with the statues of Sir Donald Bradman and Shane Warne for permanent display in Sydney’s Madame Tussauds Museum.
The expected exhibit of the wax statue of Tendulkar alongside those of Bradman and Warne is significant as he had posed with the two legends during a 1998 trip to Bradman’s residence in Adelaide to wish the great Australian batsman on his 90th birthday.
Tendulkar is really excited about the unveiling of his wax statue. He said that it was an absolute honour. Both (Bradman and Warne) were absolute champions and to be in the same company was very special to him.
The cricketer is happy that the launching of the wax statue had coincided with his birthday. Further, SCG was his favourite ground and without any doubt, the unveiling of the wax statue in SCG had become even more special.
During the unveiling of the wax statue, Swami Army, the group of Indian supporters sang and chanted his name and some even bowed at the statue’s feet.
On Tendulkar’s birthday, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) is planning a 40-pound cake as Kolkata Knight Riders faces Sachin’s Mumbai Indians on April 24th at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.