Tendulkar's fans in Rajkot celebrate his birthday with 93 statues

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Rajkot, April 24 (ANI): Cricket lovers in Gujarat's Rajkot city celebrated the 37th birthday of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar here on Saturday in their own special way.

Kishore Ghedioya of Rajkot made the replica of a cricket ground and displayed 93 statues of Sachin Tendulkar, to highlight the 93 centuries made by him in both test and one-day cricket.

The model cricket ground was made in an area of 80 meters.

"I wanted to do this for a long time. My dream has been fulfilled now. My friends have helped me a lot in this effort. I pray to God that Sachin Tendulkar keeps on playing well and I get more chances to celebrate his birthdays. It's my dream, I hope Sachin Tendulkar fulfills it, that India wins the World Cup with Sachin Tendulkar in the Indian team," said Ghedioya.

Also put on show were 3,679 balls, which emphasized the 3,679 fours made by Tendulkar in his 20 year long international cricket career.

Ghedioya along with other Tendulkar fans celebrated Tendulkar's birthday by cutting a cake on his behalf.

"Today is Sachin Tendulkar's birthday and I have come here to celebrate his birthday. I learnt here that he has made ninety-three centuries and so on this occasion people here have made ninety-three statuettes of him. I also wish Sachin Tendulkar a very happy birthday. I am delighted to come here. We celebrated his birthday by cutting a cake," said Vivek Arora, a student.

Tendulkar has etched his name in the annals of cricket history with almost all major batting records under his cap.

He became the first batsman to score 200 runs in one-day internationals, during the second ODI against South Africa in Gwalior, India on February 24, 2010.

Tendulkar was named player of the 2003 World Cup, scoring a record 673 runs to help India reach the final, where they lost to Australia. The next year, he equaled compatriot Sunil Gavaskar's world record of 34 test hundreds while compiling 248 not out, his highest score, in Australia.

He also surpassed West Indies' Brian Lara's record as the highest test run-scorer in 2008. Lara had scored 11,953 runs before he retired from international cricket in 2007. Tendulkar has scored 13,447 test runs. (ANI)

Story first published: Saturday, April 24, 2010, 22:25 [IST]
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