SEARCH

Sport » Cricket

Updated: November 5, 2013 03:35 IST

Wax replica welcomes Little Master

Special Correspondent
Comment   ·   print   ·   T  T  
Sachin Tendulkar poses beside a wax replica of his at the Eden Gardens stadium on Monday. Photo: K.R. Deepak
The Hindu
Sachin Tendulkar poses beside a wax replica of his at the Eden Gardens stadium on Monday. Photo: K.R. Deepak

When Sachin Tendulkar arrived at the nets on Monday morning at the Eden Gardens, there was a surprise in store for him.

He was the first to alight from the bus, and as he walked into the Dr. B.C. Roy Club House a number of young players wearing T-shirts with ‘Welcome’ printed on the front and ‘Little Master’s 199th Test’ on the back, greeted the maestro.

To celebrate Tendulkar’s 24 years in international cricket, 24 confetti cannons were set off, bathing the entire area in red.

Tendulkar stepped into the club house and found a five-foot four-inch wax replica of his — depicting him with the bat and helmet raised — greeting him, but he preferred to walk past all that into the dressing room.

These were all part of the Cricket Association of Bengal’s celebration of Tendulkar’s 199th Test beginning at the Eden Gardens on November 6. Tendulkar was all seriousness as the team went through the grind of the nets session. He played his trademark drives and flicks, and the occasional punch off the backfoot was full of confidence.

Later, Tendulkar came out of the dressing room to pose next to the wax figure. He had some good words for the creator of the wax replica, Susanta Roy.

Meanwhile, West Indies manager Richie Richardson said his team was here to “play hard cricket.” He said his team would be “very, very competitive.”

Richardson said he knew that the Indian players were in fine form, but Test cricket was a different ball game. He termed the pitch a typical Indian wicket which would assist spinners on the last two days.

Richardson, himself one of the leading lights of West Indies cricket, heaped praise on Tendulkar.

“He has remained humble throughout his career, despite all the fame. This is his greatest quality,” he said.

More In: Cricket | Sport
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Listen to The Hindu's Sports Editor Nirmal Shekar speak to our Sports-Writer Arun Venugopal on India's showing at the Commonweath Games — with a guest appearance by golden girl Dipika Pallikal — India's tour of England, the Jadeja-Anderson controversy and more....Listen in »

Tennis

Football

Races



O
P
E
N

close

Recent Article in Cricket

Steve Smith hit a century to give Australia a narrow advantage on day three of the second Test against India in Brisbane on Friday.

Brisbane Test, Day 3: Smith, tail-enders give Australia 97-run lead

Steve Smith continued to torment India with his second successive century as Australia relied on their tail-enders to stage an amazing r... »