In celebration of Sachin Tendulkar’s 50th birthday, the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) has immortalized the cricketing legend at his favorite venue away from home. The SCG has unveiled a set of gates named after Tendulkar and his great friend Brian Lara, making them the first non-Australian cricketers to be commemorated in such a manner. The gates are used to access the field of play and are located between the Member’s Pavilion’s away dressing room and the Noble Bradman Messenger Stand.
The decision to honor Tendulkar and Lara had been in the works since the summer of 2019-20 when the former captains were in Australia together. However, with Tendulkar’s milestone birthday approaching, it was decided that unveiling the Lara-Tendulkar Gates on April 24, 2023, would be the perfect time to do so. The gates were unveiled by SCG and Venues New South Wales Chairman Rod McGeoch AO and CEO Kerrie Mather, along with Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley.
The Pakistan men’s cricket team is likely to be the first visitors to walk through the Lara-Tendulkar Gates early next year during the annual New Year’s Test in Sydney, while the Indian team will have to wait another year before they get their turn to do the same.
Tendulkar, who has a stand named after him at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, will now have his name etched in stone at a famous venue overseas. It’s only fitting that it should be at the SCG, where Tendulkar had some of his best moments in Test cricket. The batting maestro averaged a remarkable 157 across five Tests in Sydney, scoring three centuries, starting with the 148 not out in 1991. It was during that knock that Tendulkar went from a prodigious boy wonder to the next superstar of cricket. Tendulkar also recorded his highest score against Australia at the SCG, his mammoth 241 not out in 2004, in what was Steve Waugh’s final Test.
Tendulkar and Lara, who shared a special friendship since they took the cricketing universe by storm in the early 1990s, will now share the gates named in their honor, joining former Australian greats Arthur Morris and Alan Davidson, who also have gates named after them at the SCG.
In summary, the Lara-Tendulkar Gates have been unveiled by the SCG in celebration of Sachin Tendulkar’s 50th birthday, making him and Brian Lara the first non-Australian cricketers to be commemorated with a set of gates at the iconic venue. The gates are located between the Member’s Pavilion’s away dressing room and the Noble Bradman Messenger Stand, and will be used to access the field of play. The decision to honor Tendulkar and Lara had been in the works since 2019-20, and the gates were unveiled on April 24, 2023. The gates will be used by the Pakistan men’s cricket team during the New Year’s Test in Sydney next year, and the Indian team will get their turn the following year.
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