Tendulkar awarded SCG membership
Sydney, Feb 26: Breaking records is second nature to Sachin Tendulkar. The batting maestro has achieved another first by becoming the only overseas player to be conferred an honorary membership of the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Tendulkar was presented with the memento of membership by New South Wales premier Barry O’Farrell ahead of India’s CB Series tie against Australia on Sunday. On the occasion, Farrell said, "Sachin is one of the greatest cricketers ever and it's only appropriate we honour him with life membership of one of the world's greatest cricket grounds.
"The batting legend has said the SCG is his favourite ground outside of India and it's no wonder when you look at his record at this ground," Farrell said of Tendulkar, who has scored 785 runs in five Tests on this ground including three centuries, at an average of 157 with a highest score of 241*. In seven ODIs, the master has amassed 247 runs at 49.4 with one ton.
"Sachin has provided crowds with wonderful memories at the SCG. He averages an amazing 157 in Tests; headed by his magnificent double century in 2004 Test. Always a crowd favourite, Sachin has often received support akin to Australian legends of the game.
"Many in the crowd today will be willing him towards his much-vaunted 100th hundred. Regardless of how many runs today, I'm certain the Sydney crowd will pay appropriate tribute to this legend of the game in which is almost certain to be his last match at the SCG," Farrell said.
SCG Trust chairman Rodney Cavalier too took an opportunity to acknowledge Tendulkar’s brilliance at the SCG.
"The Trust does not award honorary membership lightly. Sachin is the first overseas player in any sport and only the second cricketer to be handed the honour," said Cavalier.
"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 stand of 353 with VVS Laxman.
"Sachin has 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." he concluded.