In honor of Sachin Tendulkar’s 50th birthday, the West Stand at the renowned Sharjah cricket stadium has been renamed as the ‘Sachin Tendulkar Stand.’ A special ceremony was held on Monday to commemorate the occasion, which coincided not only with the batting icon’s birthday but also with the 25th anniversary of his remarkable performance of scoring back-to-back centuries against Australia in 1998, known as the ‘Desert Storm,’ in front of a packed stadium.
Sachin performance in Sharjah cricket stadium
Sachin Tendulkar’s outstanding performance in the final match of the Coca-Cola Cup, a triangular series between India, Australia, and New Zealand, held on April 22 and 24, 1998, is widely recognized as the ‘Desert Storm’. He scored an impressive 143 and 134 in these two matches, which has been recorded in the history books. Tendulkar has scored a total of 49 centuries in One Day Internationals (ODIs) across 34 stadiums, but his exceptional performance at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, where he scored the twin hundreds in April 1998, remains a memorable and celebrated achievement among his fans worldwide.
About the Sharjah Cricket Stadium
- The Sharjah Cricket Stadium is a popular cricket stadium located in the emirate of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is one of the oldest cricket stadiums in the region, having been built in 1982. The stadium has a seating capacity of around 27,000 spectators and has hosted a large number of international cricket matches, including One Day Internationals (ODIs), Test matches, and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).
- The stadium is well-known for its unique floodlights, which were installed in 1996 and were the first of their kind in the world. The stadium has also been awarded the Guinness World Record for hosting the most number of ODIs, with a total of 244 matches being played at the venue.
- Over the years, the Sharjah Cricket Stadium has witnessed many historic moments in cricketing history, with some of the most notable ones being Sachin Tendulkar’s “Desert Storm” innings of back-to-back centuries against Australia in 1998 and Javed Miandad’s last-ball six off Chetan Sharma to secure a win for Pakistan against India in 1986. The stadium remains a popular venue for cricket matches, with many high-profile matches, including IPL games and Asia Cup finals, being played there.
- The Sharjah Cricket Stadium has been awarded the Guinness World Record for hosting the most number of One-Day Internationals (ODIs), with a total of 244 matches being played at the venue. It has witnessed some of the most memorable moments in cricketing history over the years.
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