SCG reveals gates named after Tendulkar and Lara

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24 April was chosen as the date to unveil the gates to mark Tendulkar’s 50th birthday, and also the 30th anniversary of Lara’s 277 at the SCG, his first Test century, although that Test was played in January 1993.

In a statement, Cricket Australia said the gates, located between the members’ pavilion dressing room and the Noble Bradman Messenger Stand, are the ones that will take visiting players to enter the field.

“The Sydney Cricket Ground has been my favorite ground outside of India,” Tendulkar said in the statement. “I have some fond memories of the SCG from my first tour of Australia in 1991-92. It is a great honor that the gates used by all visiting cricketers to access the playing field of the SCG, to me and my good friend Brian.”

Lara said: “I am very honored to be recognized at the Sydney Cricket Ground, and I am sure Sachin will be too. The ground holds many special memories for me and my family and I always enjoy visiting them when I’m in Australia.”

Those innings of 277 remained Lara’s highest at the SCG – he scored a total of 384 runs at the ground in four Tests in total – while Tendulkar averaged 157 at the SCG, scoring 785 runs in five Tests over the years with three centuries , including the memorable 241 not out in January 2004.

The gates were unveiled by SCG and Venues NSW Chairman Rod McGeoch AO, and CEO Kerrie Mather, as well as Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley.

“Sachin Tendulkar’s record with the SCG is simply remarkable, while Brian Lara’s first Test century remains one of the most celebrated innings by a visiting player,” said Mather. “Both players continue to have a deep affection for the SCG and they remain hugely popular when they visit Sydney.”

Hockley said: “As the cricketing world celebrates Sachin Tendulkar’s 50th birthday, this is a fitting and timely gesture by the SCG to recognize Sachin and Brian Lara as two legends of the international game with exceptional records at the SCG.

“Their achievements will undoubtedly be an inspiration not only to visiting international teams, but to all players lucky enough to step onto the hallowed turf of the Sydney Cricket Ground, for generations to come.”

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