The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) willÂ present Sachin Tendulkar with 100 gold coins if the master batsman reaches his 100th international century in the second Test against West Indies which started on Monday at the Eden Gardens. CAB's Working Committee had originally planned to gift Tendulkar a golden bat. However, they felt that it was a risky proposition to order a golden bat.
"If he (Tendulkar) doesn't get a hundred then we wouldn't have an answer as to why we spent so much money on a golden bat. That's why we decided against it", a CAB official said. One of the hundred coins, minted by renowned Kolkata-based PC Chandra Jewellers, has already been embedded with an emblem that reads 'Congrats Sachin Tendulkar'. "We will be putting the emblem on the remaining 99 coins if he gets the hundred.
Only after that will we present the coins to him," said the official. Meanwhile, CAB distributed 100 t-shirts to underprivileged children ahead of the Test. These kids will wear the attire which says, "Let's Pray For The Century of Centuries at Eden" below Tendulkar's picture, sources said.
Tendulkar visited the famous Kali temple in South Kolkata's Kalighat to seek divine blessing on Sunday. However, he had to return disappointed, as a large number of fans surrounded his car. The security personnel panicked and drove him to the team hotel.
The news of Tendulkar's arrival spread like wildfire and a large number of cricket buffs gathered near the temple. Such was the frenzy that Tendulkar could not get off the car.