Mumbai, Jun 22: Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar's statue might find a place in the prestigious Wankhede Stadium to commemorate the legend's remarkable 100 international centuries and his contribution to the game of cricket.
According to the sources, the Managing Committee which met on May 28, also discussed on having a replica of the legendary batsman who completed the historic feat of 100 international centuries in March 2012, in a clash against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup.
"It is a very big achievement for all, especially Mumbaikars. So, this would be an ideal way to recognise his monumental feat. Wankhede is his home ground and we need to do something special," source told Mid-day.
The sources have admitted that the idea of having a statue was inspired by Sir Don Bradman's statue outside the Adelaide Oval. Moreover, its not the statue of Bradman alone, but replicas of other Aussie greats like Shane Warne, Dennis Lillee and Kieth Miller at Melbourne Cricket Ground that has inspired the Mumbai Cricket Association officials to give it a thought.
"Sir Don is Australia and Adelaide's pride. Similarly, Sachin is India and Mumbai's jewel. At the moment, we just have a stand named after the legendary batsman, which is not enough," added the source.
While a few officials at MCA have suggested the idea, a couple of them are not convinced as the main reason has been the lack of space which seems like it is not possible to erect the statue of the legend at Wankhede.
"There is already a huge space crunch at the Wankhede Stadium during matches. So, erecting a statue is not practically feasible.
"Another reason is the statue may get damaged in crowd frenzy," said another source.
Moreover, Mumbai Cricket Association had already announced that it would felicitate the legendary batsman with 100 gold coins which would approximately cost them Rs. 28 lakhs.
Interestingly, the Cricket Association of Bengal also felicitated the champion with 100 gold coins for his astounding contribution to Indian Cricket and numerous pulsating knocks, including the most important of the lot, achieving the impossible, a historic feat of completing 100 international centuries.
Alongwith 100 gold coins, a golden bat and ball was also presented at the time of felicitation, during the match against Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians in the fifth edition of IPL at the Eden Gardens in the month of May 2012.