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Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara to play friendly match at inauguration of Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago

Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara will grace the field together once again as both the legends will lead their respective XIs in a friendly which will be part of an opening ceremony of the upcoming Brian Lara cricket stadium in Trinidad and Tobago.


By   |  Updated On : May 13, 2017 10:54 AM
Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara (File photo)

Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara (File photo)

New Delhi :  

Cricketing stalwarts Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara are set to come together on the cricketing field once again while attending the opening ceremony of the upcoming Brian Lara stadium in Trinidad and Tobago.

The event will witness the cricketing legends lead their respective XIs in a friendly match. It will be a multi-purpose stadium with high-tech facilities like an aquatic center, an Olympic-sized cycling velodrome, indoor gymnasium, school for the training of athletes, a large car park, new roads and other infrastructural works.

Further, areas have also been specially designed for the print, radio and television media.A controversy has been generated over naming a luxury suite at the Brian Lara stadium after Sachin Tendulkar as people opposing the move claim that such an honour should not be bestowed upon a foreign player.

Things had got so complicated that Trinidad and Tobago’s Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Darryl Smith had to announce that Tendulkar wouldn’t be coming for the inauguration due to “scheduling conflicts”, leading to much disappointment and dismay.

However, putting all speculations to rest, the Indian legend is set to be part of the friendly and the opening ceremony too.

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Lara and Tendulkar are two of the greatest players to ever grace the game of and ruled the batting charts during their era. Lara played 131 Tests for the West Indies between December 1990 and December 2006 and scored as much as 11,953 runs in his international Test career at an average of 52.88. He also smashed 34 Test centuries and 48 half centuries.

On the other hand, Sachin Tendulkar is the leading run-scorer in both the Test and ODI format. He overtook Lara’s record in the Tests on October 17, 2008.The Indian batting legend finished played 200 Tests and scored 15, 921 runs at a phenomenal average of 53.78. He scored 51 centuries and 68 half centuries. As far as the ODI format is concerned, he scored 18,426 runs at an average of 44.83 with 49 centuries and 96 half centuries. Sachin is the only batsman till date who holds the glorious record of scoring 100 international hundreds.

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First Published: Saturday, May 13, 2017 09:17 AM
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