Dubai: In a glittering ceremony in Dubai on Saturday night, Sachin Tendulkar became the first recipient of the Wisden India Outstanding Achievement award. He was presented with a beautifully designed trophy at the first of six special dinners that will be held across the world.
In Dubai, not far from the stadium where he played one of his most memorable innings, the Desert Storm that overwhelmed Shane Warne and Australia at Sharjah in 1998, Tendulkar was at his candid best, answering an array of questions from Alan Wilkins, the former Glamorgan bowler who is now one of the faces of ESPN-Star Sports in Asia.
The event was organised by FidelisWorld, and Anand Krishnan, its executive chairman, welcomed Tendulkar to the dinner before presenting him with the trophy. Made from crystal, it features a cricket ball resting on the open pages of a book. The 49 One-Day International centuries that Tendulkar has made are listed on one side, and his 51 Test hundreds on the other.