November 19, 2011

Indian cricket

One hundred gold coins for 100 tons

Nikita Bastian

A century is worth its weight in gold for any team, some people say. The Mumbai Cricket Association has taken that literally. "MCA President Vilasrao Deshmukh has decided that the association should give [Sachin] Tendulkar 100 gold coins if he completes his 100th international century at his home ground," Nitin Dalal, Joint Secretary of MCA, said on Saturday. India play West Indies in a Test at the Wankhede Stadium from November 22.

Tendulkar's 100th century has been highly anticipated but the wait has been a long one. His last hundred was during the World Cup and he went through the entire tour of England without reaching the landmark. The anticipation has taken on a slightly ironic tone on Twitter where the topic #ThingsThatCanHappenBeforeSachins100thCentury recently trended worldwide. A 100 gold coins is a tempting incentive though and should Tendulkar achieve the feat it should make for an interesting presentation ceremony. What quip will Virat Kohli have for this bizarre show of appreciation?

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