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Sunil Gavaskar to inaugurate stadium named after him in Kentucky, USA

Sunil Gavaskar will inaugurate a newly-built stadium in Louisville, Kentucky that will be called the ‘Sunil Gavaskar Field’ in his honour.

cricket Updated: Sep 27, 2017 21:03 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
‪‪Sunil Gavaskar‬,‪India national cricket team‬,‪Viv Richards‬
Sunil Gavaskar will have a stadium named after him in USA. (Getty Images)

Sunil Gavaskar has achieved a number of milestones in his cricket career and till this day, he remains an inspiration for aspiring batsmen across India.

The legendary Indian cricketer can now add another feather to his illustrious cap as a stadium in the United States of America will be named after him.

The stadium, which is being built in Louisville, Kentucky, will be named as Sunil Gavaskar Field.

It is a first for any Indian cricketer.

“It’s a wonderful honour to have a ground named after you especially in a country where cricket is not the premier sport,” Sunil Gavaskar told Times of India when asked about the milestone.

It is uncommon to see stadiums in India getting named after popular sportspersons. Most major stadiums in the country are named after popular politicians.

Sunil Gavaskar, who has a stand named after him at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, thinks more stadiums should be named after sportspersons.

“While it is always preferable to have sports facilities named after sportspersons, there are plenty of other non-sportspersons who make a contribution to the growth, development and betterment of sports so the grounds can be named after them too.

“But ideally, grounds should be named after those who have made a contribution to sports,” he said.

“However, once the ground is named after an individual there should not be any sponsor’s name before or after it, for that completely dilutes the honour of naming the ground after the person,” Gavaskar added.

Sunil Gavaskar won’t be the first cricketer to have a stadium named after him. Sir Vivian Richards, Brian Lara and Darren Sammy both have stadiums named after them in their home countries.

First Published: Sep 27, 2017 19:52 IST