Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara were honoured at the Sydney Cricket Ground with a set of gates named after them. The gates were unveiled on Tendulkar’s 50th birthday and to mark 30 years since Lara’s innings of 277 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. 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.
The gates will be used by all visiting cricket players to access the field of play at the SCG. The SCG statement read that the Australian cricket team enters the field via the Don Bradman Gates between the Members and Ladies Pavilions, while the Arthur Morris and Alan Davidson Gates front Driver Avenue. Tendulkar and Lara have now joined Sir Donald Bradman, Alan Davidson and Arthur Morris by having a set of gates named in their honour at the SCG.
Tendulkar averaged 157 in Tests in Sydney and scored three iconic centuries in Moore Park. He said, “The Sydney Cricket Ground has been my favourite ground away from India. It is a great honour to have the gates used by all visiting cricketers to access the field of play at the SCG named after me and my good friend Brian.”
Lara holds the distinction of the second-highest Test score at the Ground in the modern era, a magnificent 277 widely regarded not only as one of the Prince of Trinidad’s finest as his maiden century but as one of the finest innings of all time. He said, “I’m deeply honoured to be recognised at the Sydney Cricket Ground, as I’m sure Sachin is. The ground holds many special memories for me and my family and I always enjoy visiting whenever I’m in Australia.”
Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley called it a timely gesture that recognised two legends of the sport. He said, “As the cricketing world celebrates Sachin Tendulkar’s 50th birthday, this is a fitting and timely gesture by the SCG to recognise Sachin and Brian Lara as two legends of the international game with exceptional records at the SCG.”