The iconic Sharjah cricket stadium stand was renamed after Sachin Tendulkar, who completed his 50th birthday on Monday. This honor has been given to the Indian cricket legend at a special ceremony in UAE.
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The iconic stadium’s West Stand has been renamed the ‘Sachin Tendulkar Stand.’It not only coincides with the birthday of the Indian batting legend but also with the 25th anniversary of his ‘Desert Storm’. On April 22, 1998, Tendulkar smashed 143 runs at the stadium after play was halted for 25 minutes due to a sand storm. The knock featured nine fours and five sixes.
Tendulkar also scored another century(134) in the final of the triangular series between India, Australia, and New Zealand. His century helped India to win the game by six wickets.
Reacting to the news of naming the stand Sachin said in a message, “I wish I was there but unfortunately I had prior commitments. Playing in Sharjah has always been a magnificent experience. From the electrifying atmosphere to the love, affection, and support, Sharjah has been a special venue for Indian cricket fans and lovers of the game from around the globe,” he said.
“A big thank you to Bukhatir and his team for this kind gesture on the 25th anniversary of the Desert Storm match and my 50th birthday. Feels like the greatest 6 of them all,” he is quoted to have said.