New Delhi: Indian cricketing legend Sunil Gavaskar has a cricket field named after him in Louisville, Kentucky in the United States of America.
The 68-year old inaugurated the stadium on October 15, which would be the home ground for the Louisville Cricket Club, a part of the Midwest Cricket League which is a 42-club competition. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer gave the keys of the stadium to the former Indian captain.
In a statement, Gavaskar said, ““I am delighted and privileged at the honour.”
“It’s a unique honour to have a cricket field named after me, especially in a country where cricket is not a premier sport,” he further added.
The, “Sunil M Gavaskar Cricket Field” would be a major attraction for the cricket lovers in Kentucky, especially the Indians. Fischer said, “We are an increasingly global community, and cricket is already part of our city’s sporting landscape.”
The iconic Indian already has a road named after him in Wellington and a stand as well at the famous Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The list doesn’t end here as Gavaskar also has the Border-Gavaskar series named after him and former Australian skipper Allan Border.
Seve Ghose, the Metro Parks and Recreation director of the stadium said that the eventual goal is to make the ground capable of hosting cricket matches at the national as well as the international level and they also have plans of building a pavilion and having facilities for practice.
50 active playing members of the Louisville Cricket Club has raised about 10 per cent of the money to create the new fields.