Kolkata: The number of gifts Sachin Tendulkar received here on Friday would probably need a specially-chartered flight of their own, but there was one gift, away from the TV cameras, that really moved the maestro.
The ground staff at the Eden Gardens decided to gift the master a replica of the Dr B.C. Roy Club House. For this purpose, about 25 people decided to forego one day’s allowance for a day and use the money collected to get the replica made.
Considering Tendulkar’s great stature, they felt awkward in going ahead and presenting it directly to Tendulkar, and so got in touch with Cricket Association of Bengal treasurer Biswarup Dey.
“We aren’t financially well- to- do, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a heart. We thought that we could at least sacrifice one day’s allowance to gift Tendulkar something that will remind him of us for the rest of his life and that is when this idea came to mind. He played his first Test match here in 1993 – if I remember correctly – so his association with this ground is of almost 20 years. When we didn’t know how to hand it over to him, we decided to get in touch with Dey and gave the replica to him,” one member of the ground staff told MAIL TODAY.
A senior CAB official confirmed that Tendulkar really appreciated the gesture.
“He was really moved and looked at it for a while, before keeping it down and shifting his focus back to the game,” he said.
Sachin’s wife Anjali had said that she will soon need a museum to accommodate all the gifts that have been showered on him over the last few days. But it looks like this one might find a place on their mantelpiece.
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