<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Sachin Tendulkar thanks MCA for felicitation" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20131026092105.jpg" title="Sachin Tendulkar thanks MCA for felicitation" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Sachin Tendulkar did not dwell much on his cricketing career which has spanned an incredible 24 years © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Mumbai: Nov 11, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Continuing with the felicitations lined up for the retiring <a href="/tags/Sachin-Tendulkar/post" target="_blank">Sachin Tendulkar</a>, the <a href="/tags/MCA/post" target="_blank">Mumbai Cricket Association</a> (MCA) on Monday honoured the iconic Indian batsman ahead of his 200th and final Test by naming its Kandivili Ground after him in the presence of political bigwigs.<br /> <br /> The 40-year-old veteran, who would be retiring after the second and final Test against the <a href="/tags/West-Indies/post" target="_blank">West Indies</a> from Thursday, was given a fresh round of applause by the MCA ahead of what is turning out to be an epic curtain call.<br /> <br /> "I appreciate not just this evening but the last 24 years," said a beaming Tendulkar when he took the stage amid loud cheering applause by the attendees, including his teammates and visiting West Indian team.<br /> <br /> "It felt special to read my name on the entry of the [MCA] club. It feels good as I am not used to it. I didn't expect this. It was a humble experience. I thank MCA for this kind gesture," he said, referring to the renamed <a href="/tags/Sachin-Tendulkar-Gymkhana/post" target="_blank">Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana</a> Club.<br /> <br /> Tendulkar used the occasion to express his gratitude towards MCA for making its facilities available to him whenever he asked for it.<br /> <br /> "I want to thank the MCA for making the nets available for me at any time I wanted. I just needed to make a phone call to get it," he said.<br /> <br /> The Mumbaikar did not dwell much on his cricketing career which has spanned an incredible 24 years.<br /> <br /> "I had the right pitches, the right wickets to prepare myself. To play for India has been truly memorable, I think every step was different and every tour required different preparations," he said.<br /> <br /> Tendulkar said facilities like those available at the MCA would help groom a younger generation of sporting icons.<br /> <br /> "To continue to build a sporting culture in our nation is very important. That can happen with right guidance, coaching and right facilities. All this should be there for the coming generation," he said.<br /> <br /> "I think it (MCA) is a great platform for the next generation to make use of," he added.<br /> <br /> MCA's newly-elected President <a href="/tags/Sharad-Pawar/post" target="_blank">Sharad Pawar</a> said Tendulkar would continue to inspire millions even after retirement.<br /> <br /> "Sachin has been a precious jewel of the MCA. We are honoured to have a player like him. He has outstanding achievements in both Test and One-day cricket. He has been a great ambassador for not only the game of cricket but also for sporting community and a great role model for the youngsters to follow," he said.<br /> <br /> "We will miss the Sachin, Sachin chant at the stadium. We thank him for giving so many pleasurable moments to the entire country for the last 24 years," he added.<br /> <br /> State Chief Minister <a href="/tags/Prithviraj-Chavan/post" target="_blank">Prithviraj Chavan</a> echoed Pawar's sentiment.<br /> <br /> "Sachin is one of the greatest Indian, a great sportsperson and a great hero. He has given India years and years of sporting pleasure. He is admired not only here but all over the world. We all rejoice his success. I am sure Test cricket will miss him," he said.