Ahmedabad: Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar along with BCCI secretary Jay Shah and other board office-bearers felicitated the Shafali Verma-led side that won the inaugural edition of U-19 Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa, before the start of the third and final T20I between India and New Zealand.
The legendary India batter Sachin Tendulkar graced the fans at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad ahead of the third and final T20I between India and New Zealand on February 1.
The batting maestro, Jay Shah, BCCI president Roger Binny, vice-president Rajiv Shukla and others, also presented the team with a Rs 5 crore cheque.
Addressing the fans on the special occasion, Tendulkar took centerstage and the entire stadium burst into the iconic “Sachin Sachin” chants. He then used the iconic ‘Kemcho’ line to address the crowd’s respect. “Kemcho Ahmedabad? Majaa-ma?” he said.
“Firstly I would like to congratulate our Women’s Under-19 cricket team for winning the World Cup. What a fabulous achievement. I can assure you that the entire nation and well-wishers of Indian cricket will celebrate and cherish this victory for years to come,” Tendulkar was quoted as saying in a BCCI video, released on their social media handles.
The 49-year-old also recalled his introduction to the sport and hailed the pioneers in women’s cricket for laying a solid platform for young girls to excel in cricket.
The batting legend also lauded the BCCI for the upcoming Women’s Premier League, claiming “it will be one of the biggest tournaments in world cricket.”
The Indian U19 women’s cricket team beat England in the final to win the inaugural ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup trophy.