|Sachin Tendulkar signs a bat during the inauguration of the museum in Pune yesterday|
A day before Mumbai Indians (MI) play Pune Warriors India at Gahunje (Pune), Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar inaugurated ‘Blades of Glory’, a cricket museum in the city. The museum is set up by a cricket fanatic Rohan Pate at Sahakar Nagar and will be open for cricket lovers twice a week, on Sunday and an unspecified weekday.
The batting maestro appreciated the detailing of the museum and rated it as the best he has ever seen. “It is the best cricket museum that I have ever seen and a treat for cricket lovers. I am sure collecting stuffs from so many international cricketers would have required hard work and patience. I was amazed to see the minute detailing put into the museum,” Tendulkar said.
When asked what would be his first pick from the collection Sachin pointed at the cap of the great West Indian fast bowler Malcolm Marshall who died in 1999. “I played with Malcolm and admired him a lot. After seeing his cap, I felt touched, remembering about the time spent with him,” Tendulkar added.
Referring to his visit to a cricket museum in Australia, Tendulkar, a Bradman fan also pointed out the importance of museums in motivatiing the budding cricketers. He said, “During my early playing days, I had visited a museum in Australia and started mock practise with Sir Donald Bradman’s bat. It helped me feel good from within. I am sure, such museums can help in inspiring kids towards the game and make them aware about its glorious history.”
Sachin recalled the day when he gifted his bat to Pate, the brain behind the museum. “Some years back, Rohan came to me and told me that he wants to do something like this. I agreed to give him my bat which was his first possession and now he owns some priceless collectables, all related to the sport. As time passed, we became friends and I was assured that the items I gave him will be used in the best possible way,” Tendulkar informed.
Pate shared that it was Sachin who inspired him into collecting stuffs of cricketers and thus he has dedicated a special section for the batting maestro in his museum. This section showcases the best of Sachin with his World Cup final jersey, helmet, bat, chest guard, elbow guard, full dress of India’s ODI and test squads, gloves, pads and an attractive collage that captures various moods of the champion batsman. “Earlier, like every other fan even I used to click pictures with cricketers but when Sachin gifted me his bat, I felt motivated to do something like this,” said Pate.
There is also a segment in which 100 bats are placed, each carrying details of the 100 century’s of the little master. When asked to chose his favourite century, Sachin signed on the bat consisting details of his unbeaten 103 runs knock that helped India win the first Test against England at MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chennai) in 2008.
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