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Network18 installs monumental bat for Sachin Tendulkar

MUMBAI: Network18 has unveiled a unique initiative honouring the cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar. The network has installed a monumental ‘Bat of Honour’ in Bandra, Mumbai in association with Baba Siddique.

The tribute was unveiled in the presence of the legendary batsman himself along with IBN Network editor-in-chief Rajdeep Sardesai.

The monument has been installed on the Carter Road Promenade in Bandra, which is near to the cricketer’s residence. The Bat of Honour has been designed by a team of renowned engineers and designers in the country.

In order to make it as timeless and iconic, the ‘magic wand’ has been sculpted in a scale to capture the true weight of his bat which connected millions of hearts across India with each shot.

IBN Network editor-in-chief Rajdeep Sardesai said, “Sachin has inspired an entire generation of Indians with his play. With this permanent installation we hope he continues to inspire many more generations. This initiative is consistent with Network18’s endeavour to go beyond being just a media brand, but also an organisation that strives to encourage young India to reach their true potential.”

The monument is stated to be the largest steel ‘bat’ in the world, reaching a height of over 25 feet and weighing over two tonnes with over 5000 man-hours of labour put into it.

It features a streak of blue which is symbolic of his main source of energy- the blue colour of India which inspired him throughout his career. The bat’s material stainless steel symbolises his flawless cricketing career while the Indian flag on the handle celebrates the pride for playing for his country. The handle also has his face etched at its end, so that people can see him in their reflection and be inspired.

The bat is placed with its base facing the sky so that people can interact with its handle, imagining what it is like to hold Sachin’s bat. The monument also blends in well with the environment- people may see the setting sun as a ball on the bat in the evening. The lighting is designed to make it look hung in space at night, creating a god-like illusion.

The entire structure is placed at an angle that can withstand cyclonic winds and also features the legend’s farewell speech etched on a plaque below the installation. The entire initiative has been ideated and executed by Network18 in association with Baba Siddique and the support of KBS Foundation.

Siddique added, “If greatness is measured by how many lives you’ve touched and how many people you’ve given joy, Sachin is unquestionably one of the greatest sportsmen ever. We the people of Bandra are delighted to have a structure which best epitomises Sachin’s glorious career.”