MS Dhoni inaugurates Sachin Tendulkar pavilion

Kochi: In a tribute to batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, a pavilion in his name was declared open by India captain M S Dhoni at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here on Wednesday.

The venue will host the first India-West Indies ODI on Thursday.

The permanent pavilion has scores of Tendulkar photographs, his white jersey with signature, a Mumbai Indians bat signed by him and other players, photos depicting the journey from childhood with a toy bat to various innings in the last 24 years.

Also on display are photographs of Tendulkar with wife Anjali and children Arjun and Sara. Tendulkar`s bat with his signature would soon be displayed at the pavilion, Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) sources said.

The 40-year-old maestro retired on Saturday from international cricket after playing his landmark 200th Test in Mumbai.

After looking around the pavilion, Dhoni described it as `excellent`, KCA President T C Mathew said.

West Indies team`s Operational Manager and former player Richie Richardson, who was also present there, appreciated the effort of those behind it.