To play for India has been truly memorable, says Sachin Tendulkar

Zee Media Bureau/Manushree Chaumal

Mumbai: The official renaming ceremony of the Kandivili ground as Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana Club is being held in Mumbai today. The ceremony has begun amidst presence of current and veteran Test and first-class cricketers.

#Thank you very much for all the love, respect and care you have given me: Sachin.

#I had the right pitches, the right wickets to prepare myself. To play for India has been truly memorable, I think every step was different and every tour required different preparations: Sachin

#Playing for India, a great honour for me: Sachin

#My association with Club goes back a long time. I want to thank the MCA for making the nets available for me at any time of the day: Sachin

#Humbled to see the honour: Sachin

#Feels special to see my name at the entrance: Sachin

#His teammates are shouting out loud. Sachin, Sachinnn !!!

#Sachin says in Marathi, I would have spoken in Marathi but the West Indies Team is also present, so I would continue in English.

#It’s now time for the master to say a few words.

#Sharad Pawar and CM Chavan are felicitating Sachin. A huge painting has been gifted to him.

#Amidst huge roars from the audience, man of the moment, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar has been called up on the stage.

#"Sachin is a great hero and great cricketer. Sachin has given us years and years of sporting pleasure,"says CM Chavan.

#CM is now addressing the audience.

#CM of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan is being feliciated.

# Vice-president of MCA Ravi Sawant is now felicitating the Mayor of Mumbai Sunil Prabhu. The felicitations are going on before the master blaster is called up on the stage.

#MCA President Sharad Pawar is now addressing the audience.

#The documentary ended with a thank-you note for Sachin.

#After Shaan's performance, a documentary on Sachin featuring his teammates and former players is being played.

#Ravi Shastri in his welcome speech mentions that Sachin Tendulkar is named after legendary singer Sachin Dev Burman.

#The Clubhouse will house several photographs from Tendulkar’s career.

#The felicitation ceremony began with Ganesh Vandana in form of a classical dance performance. After brief introduction by Ravi Shastri, singer Shaan is now performing live and entertaining the audience.

#Both India and West Indies teams are present at the Kandivli facility after landing in Mumbai from Kolkata to be present for the felicitation function.

#The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has paid a tribute to Sachin Tendulkar by naming the Kandivili ground as the Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana Club. The announcement was made by MCA’s newly elected president Sharad Pawar recently.