S ydney Cricket ground on April 24 (Monday) honoured Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar and West Indies legend Brian Lara. The SCG inducted gates at the stadium which will be used by all the visiting players to enter the prestigious ground. The gates were unveiled by SCG and Venues NSW Chairman Rod McGeoch AO along with CEO Kerrie Mather, as well as Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley.
The date for unveiling was decided to be April 24 as the date holds a special meaning for Sachin Tendulkar as well as Brian Lara. While Brian Lara scored his historic knock of 277 runs against Australia in Sydney on April 24, 1993, Sachin Tendulkar celebrates his birthday on April 24. It is also to be noted that both the players have astounding records at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley in a statement said, “ Their feats will no doubt be an inspiration to not only visiting international teams, but all players fortunate enough to walk onto the hallowed turf of the Sydney Cricket Ground, for generations to come."
"The Sydney Cricket Ground has been my favourite ground away from India. I have had some great memories at the SCG right from my first tour of Australia in 1991-92. It is a great honour to have the gates used by all visiting cricketers to access the field of play at the SCG named after me and my good friend Brian," said Sachin Tendulkar.
The Master Blaster averages at 157 at the SCG in Tests. He scored 241 runs in one of his famous innings at the SCG without a single cover drive. In 13 international matches, he scored 1100 runs at an average of 100 with four half centuries and four centuries.