A waxwork of Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has been unveiled at Sydney Cricket Ground, the scene of some of the Little Master’s greatest innings, but there’s something amiss. The Madame Tussauds version of cricket’s most successful batsman is wearing India’s 2012 World Twenty20 kit, even though he didn’t play in the tournament. Tendulkar, who turned 40 recently, has only played one T20 for India against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2006.
“Sachin Tendulkar’s waxwork in Sydney has wrong T-shirt!” newspaper Mid-Day exclaimed before going on to note that, apart from the outfit, the waxwork of Tendulkar was similar to the one of him at Madame Tussauds in London. There’s a surprise.
A spokesperson for Madame Tussauds Sydney, which opened a little over a year ago, didn’t respond to requests for comment. The new waxwork, which the SCG Trust said took over 800 hours and a team of 60 artists to make, will eventually be moved from the cricket ground to Madame Tussauds on Darling Harbour. There it will join famous waxworks, like Nicole Kidman. Tendulkar’s magnificent career has made him extremely popular in Australia, even though he has tormented the nation on the cricket pitch so often. In Test cricket, he has scored a whopping 3,630 runs in 39 matches against Australia, including 11 centuries. Three of those were scored in Sydney, where he has an average of 157 and a highest score of 241 not out, from January 2004.
In One-Day Internationals, a format he retired from in December, Tendulkar scored 3,077 runs against Australia, including nine centuries. Last year, he was awarded membership of the Order of Australia and he was also granted Honorary Life Membership of the SCG.
Tendulkar played just one T20 international, but he is taking part in the Indian Premier League T20 tournament for the Mumbai Indians, who this year signed a great rival of Tendulkar’s over the years: former Australia captain Ricky Ponting.