A mango tribute to Sachin Tendulkar
A new variety of mango has been named after master blaster Sachin Tendulkar in honour of his cricketing success. However, you may not be able lay your hand on this special mango as it will not go on sale.india Updated: Apr 30, 2010 14:03 IST
Farmer Kalimullah Khan told the news channel that he has created a hybrid version of the creamy, sweet-tasting fruit by combining two of the finest varieties, including the Chausa.
"There is no player like Sachin Tendulkar in the whole world and that's why I have named this mango Sachin," the elderly farmer, from Malihabad in Lucknow district, northern Uttar Pradesh state, told the channel.
Tendulkar, 37, is widely regarded as one of the world's greatest batsmen and has iconic status in the country. He is also the first Indian sportsman to have a waxwork figure at London's famous Madame Tussauds museum.
India is the world's largest producer of mangoes. The Alphonso mango, grown in Tendulkar's home state of Maharashtra is seen by locals as the "king of fruits."
The Sachin mango, though, will not go on sale.
"Our Sachin is a world hero and he is priceless and not a saleable commodity," said Khan, who plans to donate a tree of Sachin mangoes to the cricketer "so he can enjoy them with his friends."
Khan has produced nearly 300 new mango varieties and won top civilian award for his work on mango grafting and cultivation.
He told the news channel he is working on a new hybrid fruit to be named after the legendary Bollywood singer Lata Mangeshkar.