He may have retired more than six months ago but the accolades keep trickling in for Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.
London-based luxury goods brand, the East India Company has issued an exclusive gold coin worth a staggering £12,000 in honour of the batsman’s storied 24-year career.
“Only 210 gold coins, each weighing precisely 200g, are being issued to pay tribute to Tendulkar at a global level. Only very few will ever see this coin in the flesh, making them exceptionally rare and precious amongst thousands of fans who yearn to own a piece of the superstar’s legacy,” the London-based firm said in a statement.
Tendulkar said he was honoured by the recognition.
“All my life, I have had a dream of playing cricket for India. I am very fortunate to have lived this dream for the last 24 years. I am honoured to be recognized with the issue of these special coins, which have been impressively designed with a lot of thought”, he said.
The coin has legal tender – although it is doubtful whether one would use it to pay for groceries at the local supermarket – and features the lattitude lines of the globe modeled in cricket stitching as well as the Gateway of India, the most famous landmark of Tendulkar’s beloved hometown of Mumbai.
Last month an Indian jewellery unveiled a gold coin which would be sold for £406 each for a run of 100,000.
Tendulkar, or the ‘Master Blaster’ as he was affectionately known, is currently in London to take part in a very special exhibition match in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Home of Cricket, Lord’s on 5 July.
Tendulkar will captain a Marylebone Cricket Club XI which features fellow legends Brian Lara and Rahul Dravid who will play a Rest of the World XI which includes players such as Muttiah Muralitharen and former England batsman Kevin Pietersen.