Sachin Tendulkar has played some top knocks in his career with some of his best coming in Sharjah. His knocks included back-to-back centuries against Australia, one of which was on April 22, 1998, fondly remembered as 'Desert Storm' after a sandstorm had interrupted play for 25 minutes.
Two days later, on his 25th birthday, Tendulkar scored a match-winning 134 in the Coca-Cola Cup final against Australia to help his side win by six wickets. Overall, Tendulkar scored 1,778 runs at 48.05, which included seven tons and as many fifties in Sharjah.
Unveiling the Sachin Tendulkar stand at Sharjah Cricket Stadium was a moment of pride and nostalgia.— Sharjah Cricket Stadium (@sharjahstadium) April 24, 2023
Celebrating the legendary cricketer's 50th birthday and 25th anniversary of his Desert Storm innings made it even more special! #SachinAt50 #Sharjah @100mb @sachin_rt pic.twitter.com/LVbJiwb3Vp
To honour Sachin, who celebrated his 50th birthday on Monday (April 25), the Sharjah cricket stadium have renamed a stand after the Master Blaster. From here onwards, the "West Stand" at the iconic stadium will be called the "Sachin Tendulkar Stand."
“I can’t forget his birthday celebrations,” said Khalaf Bukhatir, the chief executive of Sharjah Cricket.
“It mesmerised the whole audience and I feel lucky to have been there. That day is not just special to Sachin but special to everyone who witnessed it.”
The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) also paid tribute to the legend, unveiling gates named after him and West Indies great Brian Lara.
Tendulkar retired from all forms in 2013, after playing 200 Tests and 463 ODIs, and is still the leading run-getter in both formats. He is also the only player in history to have notched up 100 international centuries.