Salute to Sachin!
The magic of the “Little Master” has been celebrated at the Jesmond Ground as well as test matches around the world.
The retirement of the player described in one newspaper as “a god who unites a nation” has prompted reminiscences of his legendary performance, from which the ball is still a treasured memento.
Aged just 18, Tendulkar appeared for a Rest of the World XI in the Heritage Homes Festival of 1991. Amongst his many sixes was one which went right over the houses in Osborne Avenue – to be discovered in a back garden. His timing during his innings was described in the Journal newspaper report as “exquisite”, and he proved so popular that impromptu additional security was needed to keep people out of the dressing room.
There were tears from the player and spectators as the final test appearance ended in Mumbai, the first cricketer to play in 200 test matches, as well as the leading run scorer and century-maker in the history of test cricket.
Tendulkar was one of many of the world’s greatest players who enjoyed playing at Jesmond. You can find out more about the heritage of the Jesmond Ground here.