Ahmedabad:Sachin Tendulkar was on Monday felicitated for completing 20 years in international cricket by Gujarat Chief Minister and state Cricket Association President Narendra Modi before the start of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka.
The master batsman, who started his international career 1989, was presented with a gold-plated memento of Somnath temple on behalf of the state government, a silver plate on behalf of the Gujarat Cricket Association and a shawl.
The 36-year-old Tendulkar had also celebrated the occasion by having a dinner with his teammates at the team hotel last night.
A cake was also cut on the occasion and a special invitee to the function was the visiting Sri Lankan team's ace spinner and longest-serving member Muthiah Muralitharan, according to informed sources.
Tendulkar has scored 12,773 runs in 159 Tests and 17,178 runs in 436 ODIs, the highest by any cricketer in the world. He has also notched up a world record 42 hundreds in Tests and 45 in ODIs.