I have always maintained that SCG is my favourite ground: Tendulkar
Sydney: Sachin Tendulkar added another feather to his cap day when the Indian batting legend was inducted as one of the latest honourees in the Bradman Foundation yesterday.
At a gala dinner held at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground, former Australian captain Steve Waugh was the other cricketer to enter the Bradman Hall of Fame alongside Tendulkar.
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Tendulkar's appearance at the annual Bradman Foundation dinner is fitting as the late Aussie great once famously said that the Indian's technique reminded him of his own.
Tendulkar, who had the honour of meeting Bradman on his 90th birthday at his Adelaide home, was later listed in an all-time XI prepared by the batting genius himself.
Tendulkar, 41, enjoyed a good run at the SCG during his illustrious 24-year-long career, scoring three centuries in five Tests. "The SCG is my favourite ground. I have always maintained that.
It brings back all the memories," Tendulkar said as he spoke publicly in Australia for the first time in six years. "I was just outside in the car and I said it feels great to be back. It's been a very social venue to me. Right back from 1991, which was the first time I played here."
His unbeaten 241 not out in the 2003-04 series against the Aussies is widely regarded as one of the finest innings seen at the venue.
"(It's) just the feel of the ground. Whenever I walked in I felt I could go on and on batting. I just enjoyed the atmosphere, and the pavilion especially.
"It's a fabulous pavilion with a lot of history. It is the heritage and the impact all the players have left on this ground," he said.