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MCG shows love to Tendulkar, cheers him for just being there


Melbourne: He doesn’t enthrall with his willow anymore but Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar got one of the loudest cheers at the presentation ceremony of the ICC World Cup final as he shared the stage with administrative bigwigs. Tendulkar was the biggest name on dais during the presentations after Australia beat New Zealand by seven wickets to lift their fifth World Cup trophy, this time under the retiring Michael Clarke.

As the name of the on-stage dignitaries, including ICC Chairman N Srinivasan, were read out by presenter Mark Nicholas, MCG let out a thunderous cheer for Tendulkar as he waved at the capacity crowd with a smile on his face. The 41-year-old former batsman, who was the brand ambassador of the event, handed out trophies to the Man of the Match James Faulkner and Man of the Tournament Mitchell Starc.