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West stand at the Sharjah stadium named after Sachin

ByTeam BB

Apr 24, 2023

To coincide with the 50th birthday of Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar, the West Stand at the iconic Sharjah cricket stadium was renamed the Sachin Tendulkar Stand in a special ceremony in Sharjah on Monday.
It not only coincides with the birthday of the famous Indian cricketer but it also marks the 25th anniversary of the famous back-to-back centuries he scored against Australia in 1998 to a packed stadium. The 143, Sachin scored on April 22 and the 134 he got two days later in the final of the Coca-Cola Cup, a triangular series between India, Australia, and New Zealand has been recorded in the books as a veritable Desert Storm.
“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. It has given us so many special moments. 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,” Tendulkar said on the honour bestowed on him.
The Little Master scored 49 hundreds in ODIs played across 34 stadiums but his seven at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, including the twin hundreds in April 1998, stand out and are lauded and celebrated by his fans around the world to this day.
“This is our small way of expressing our gratitude to Sachin for doing so much for the game of cricket. Indeed, that was an incredible innings, and it was repeated in the finals. Right through the years of the now legendary CBFS initiative we have striven here at Sharjah to acknowledge the services of many great players even after their retirement. We believe that as administrators it is our duty to pay tribute to those who have raised the bar and dedicated their lives to the cause of cricket, and we will continue to do so,” Khalaf Bukhatir, CEO of the Sharjah Stadium, said.
Sharjah Cricket Stadium still holds the Guinness record for most ODIs (244) played and some of the most memorable moments in cricketing history have been played on this hallowed ground.

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