Sachin Tendulkar has made an unscheduled appearance at the Sydney Cricket Ground as a life sized wax figure of the Indian batsman was unveiled in front of a throng of cricket fans.
Local Indian cricket fans, known as the Swami Army, cheered and sang Indian chants as the "Little Master" was unveiled at the SCG before becoming a permanent attraction at Sydney's Madame Tussaud's wax museum.
The addition of the waxwork is the latest honour bestowed on Tendulkar in Australia. Late last year he received the Order of Australia for his contribution to international cricket.
A fan kneels in front of a wax figure of Sachin Tendulkar at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Reuters
Tendulkar, who turns 40 on Wednesday, is currently in India representing the Indian domestic T20 league side the Mumbai Indians.
Speculation persists that Tendulkar could soon retire from test cricket as well, ending a 23-year international career.