Tendulkar to join Lara and Warne at Madame Tussauds

February 28, 2009 at 4:36 am (cricket) (, , , , , , )


Cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar will be the latest sporting great to be featured at the internationally-renowned Madame Tussauds in London when a new wax figure of the Mumbai-born batsman joins the A-list line up in April.

Tendulkar follows in the famous footsteps of Bollywood greats Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan and will join other cricket legends Brain Lara and Shane Warne to become the very first Indian sports personality to be portrayed, the waxworks museum said in a statement Friday.

The cricketing legend has already had a sitting with the Madame Tussauds studios team who last week travelled to Mumbai to capture a catalogue of reference photographs and hundreds of precise measurements.

The information they collected at the two hour session at the Taj Lands End Hotel will prove invaluable as the sculptors and hair and make up artists get to work on his figure.

“We are delighted to confirm our next Indian superstar is going to be Sachin Tendulkar; his achievements on the cricket pitch are phenomenal and he is one of the biggest names in international sport,” says Liz Edwards, Madame Tussauds PR manager.

“The Bollywood stars we have included over the past ten years have proved enormously popular with Asian guests and film fans from all over the world. We know Sachin will be just as popular for sports fans from home and abroad and are looking forward to introducing the real Sachin to his wax double soon.”

Tendulkar, the Mumbai Indians Captain will be featured in typical celebratory “on the pitch” pose after another century marked in the scorebook.

He will be dressed in his cricket whites which he has donated.

The figure will be created at Madame Tussauds studios in West London at a cost of 150,000 pounds.

The cricket star will join the ranks of sporting greats, including David Beckham, Mohammed Ali, Tiger Woods and Jesse Owens, in Madame Tussauds interactive Sports Zone.

There will also be a cricketing challenge around the introduction of the figure, where guests can test their cricketing skills against the ‘masterblaster’


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ICC fails to end BCCI and ICL dispute

February 24, 2009 at 7:40 am (cricket) (, , , )

The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) bid to end a dispute between the Indian board and the nation’s rebel Twenty20 league ended in failure on Monday. The Indian Cricket League’s (ICL) application to be recognised as unofficial cricket will now go before the ICC board which meets in Dubai in April, the ruling body said in a news release. ICC president David Morgan was disappointed that three-hour talks in Johannesburg proved fruitless.
“I’m grateful to all parties for coming together with the best of intentions and the discussions took place in a friendly and cordial manner but,unfortunately, we were not able to come to a successful conclusion,” he said.The ICL, bankrolled by one of India’s largest media firms, launched the league following India’s triumph in the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in 2007. It signed overseas players, particularly from Pakistan, New Zealand and Bangladesh. However the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), concerned the league would undermine its position, refused to recognise it and persuaded other national boards to ban players who signed up.

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India in NewZealand

February 22, 2009 at 5:15 am (cricket) (, , , , )

A game of rugby and some fielding and batting drills comprised the strenuous three-hour workout that the Indian team went through ahead of the series against New Zealand that kicks off with a Twenty20 match on February 25.The visitors practised at the picturesque Bert Sutcliffe ground.Although Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men are the Twenty20 world champions, they will bear in mind that they had been humbled by 10 runs by the resilient Kiwis during the inaugural championship at Johannesburg last September.Warming up with a game of touch rugby, Dhoni’s men were put through fielding drills by coach Gary Kirsten before they moved to the adjacent ground for a hit at the nets.Kirsten spent some time with Rohit Sharma, urging the youngster to get his front foot in the right place while driving the ball.Time and again, Kirsten walked up to the middle to guide the Mumbaikar with his bio-mechanics before Rohit got his act right in the second session for a knock against Ishant Sharma and Irfan Pathan.
Sachin Tendulkar took to the nets soon after, often walking up to Kirsten and asking him to pitch the ball on a particular spot so that he could lean into his shots. Pace spearhead Zaheer Khan chose to go for a run alongside bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad, much after his team-mates had wound up the nets.
The team arrived here on Friday after a strenuous journey, prolonged by transit layovers at Hong Kong and Auckland.India, who play two Twenty20 matches, a five-ODI series followed by three Tests during the tour, have not won a Test series in New Zealand for the past 41 years.

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Zaheer Khan says about Greg Chappel

February 21, 2009 at 4:36 am (cricket) (, , , , , )

zaheerTeam India’s pace spearhead Zaheer Khan said that the team had a difficult time under former coach Greg Chappell.Zaheer also said he had no idea why he was dropped after the 2005 series against Pakistan.The speedster also said he didn’t have much idea about what transpired in the dressing room when Chappell held the coaching reins but things were not easy then.”Most of the times, I was not part of the team and whatever chances I had, I tried to give my best. It was, in a way, a difficult time,” Zaheer.”I didn’t know why I was out of the team. In 2004, it was mostly due to injuries and in 2005, it was the time when the Greg Chappell time started,” Zaheer said.

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Sachin on people saying him GOD

February 20, 2009 at 4:37 am (cricket) (, , , , )


He doesn’t receive letters written in blood any more, but Sachin Tendulkar says that he does not feel comfortable when a fan touches his feet and tells him he is God. Tendulkar, whose achievements with the bat have won him fans worldwide, says the adulation never ceases to surprise him. “I used to receive letters written in blood…but not any more. It feels strange when a fan comes and touches your feet and says you are God. I don’t feel comfortable with it, but it is the way they feel about you…that happened again just a couple of weeks ago actually,” he says. In a light-hearted interview published in celebrity magazine ‘OK!’, Tendulkar spoke about his love for Ferrari cars, his post-retirement plans and how he handles criticism. Tendulkar said retirement thoughts were far away from his mind at the moment but he may start a business when he stopsplayingcompetitive cricket. “That’s a big question. I don’t know…I will definitely be involved with the game. When I retire, that is when the doors to other opportunities will open. As of now, other than just promoting various products, I haven’t opened the door to anything else. Maybe I’ll start a business,” he said. “I don’t know when that would be yet, but that will be the time I will focus my energy in different directions. Right now it’s only focussed in one direction — that is cricket,” Tendulkar said. Asked when was the last time he received some constructive criticism, the batting maestro said, “criticism is hardly ever constructive. I try and stay away from newspapers when I am playing. You get to read so many things that are not constructive, but somehow the guy who is writing it all seems to think that it’s constructive.” Tendulkar said his celebrity status has helped him wriggle out of situations that would be difficult to handle for a commoner. “There’s one time that I remember clearly…we were in Australia playing some exhibition games — it was around 1994. I was out with two other players and when we got back to the hotel, the rest of the team had already left for the airport. They had packed my bags and gone and there were no mobiles or anything. We had no way of reaching them,” he recalled. “We were to fly from Sydney to Melbourne — we had no tickets, no passports, nothing. I got to the counter at the airport and explained the situation. The guy at the counter recognised me and he gave us three boarding passes from Sydney to Melbourne…without passports, without tickets. I felt that I was truly special,” he said. Asked when was the last time he spent an entire day without watching any sport, the 35-year-old batsman replied, “On December 31 last year. I spent time with my family in Mussoorie about 7,000 feet above sea level looking at the snow-capped mountains. It was freezing and we went for a long walk. I was a fantastic feeling. That was the day when I didn’t watch sports at all.” On the one moment he felt proud of, Tendulkar said, “I was truly proud of our performance during the Chennai Test. We won against England on the last day.” Asked about the most recent prank he had played on a teammate, Tendulkar said, “I am always doing that…a while ago, we had gone to a restaurant and we actually fooled Yuvraj Singh. We put wasabi on a toast and told him it was a delicious spread that he must try. He almost ate it. We stopped him at the last minute. “Probably the last innings I batted in Mohali. I felt that I shouldn’t have played that shot. I got out on it. (Smiles) That’s what I feel every time I get out,” he said when asked about the last time he did something which he wished he hadn’t.

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