GCA felicitates Sachin

Modi, who recently took over as the president of the Gujarat Cricket Association, presented the little master with mementoes on behalf of the State government as well as the GCA before the start of play on the opening day of India's first Test against Sri Lanka here.

The chief minister handed over a gold-plated miniature replica of the Somnath Temple on behalf of the government, and a silver plate and shawl as a mark of GCA’s appreciation for Tendulkar’s monumental accomplishment.

The 36-year-old, who made his international debut on November 15, 1989 against Pakistan in Karachi, had cut a cake during a team dinner on Sunday night to celebrate his longevity with his mates at a very private gathering in the team hotel.

Apart from his Indian colleagues, Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, the highest wicket-taker in the international game, too was present at the dinner as a special invitee.
Muralitharan is playing in his final overseas  series in Test cricket.

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