Video: Mumbai ground renamed after Tendulkar

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The Kandivili ground in Mumbai was officially renamed the Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana Club on Monday, three days before the start of the veteran Indian batsman's 200th – and final – Test match, against the West Indies.

The Kandivili ground in Mumbai was officially renamed the Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana Club on Monday, three days before the start of the veteran Indian batsman's 200th – and final – Test match, against the West Indies.

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Tendulkar: "You know, I'm really humbled – a big, big thank you to the Cricket Association for this fine gesture. My association with Mumbai cricket started almost 29 years ago, when I first represented Mumbai in an under-15 tournament, and from there on it has been a fantastic journey.

"Whenever I wanted to practice, wherever I wanted to practice, the MCA made sure that I had the facilities, I had the right pitches, the right wickets, the right balls to practice to prepare myself, first at junior level, to play for Mumbai, and then go to achieve my dream to play for India. To play for India had been a truly memorable one. I think every step was different and every tour required a different kind of preparation.

"I think it's a great platform for the next generation to make use of these facilities and bring all the laurels to our nation – and that's my sincere hope and wish, that all the guys make the most of it and just bring smiles on our faces. Once again, thank you very much for all the respect, all the care, all the love that you've showered me with. I really appreciate not just this evening but the last 24 years. Thank you very much."

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