In a heartwarming gesture that combined the worlds of sports and politics. Former legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar presented a special “NAMO Jersey” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the foundation stone-laying ceremony of Varanasi’s upcoming international cricket stadium. The event, which took place in the holy city of Varanasi, marked a memorable fusion of sports and politics, resonating with the spirit of unity and patriotism.
The jersey has ‘NAMO’ and the number 1 written behind it, making it a unique and personalized gift from one icon to another. Sachin, who is often referred to as the “Little Master” and is widely regarded as one of the greatest cricketers of all time, has a close association with Prime Minister Modi, sharing a common vision for the development of sports in India.
Sachin Tendulkar Presented Indian cricket team jersey – written "Nammo" in back to PM Narendra Modi.pic.twitter.com/JqHtR2Ylu4
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 23, 2023
The foundation stone-laying ceremony itself was a momentous occasion, symbolizing India’s commitment to promoting cricket as a sport of global significance. The upcoming international cricket stadium in Varanasi is poised to become a world-class venue, further cementing India’s status as a cricketing powerhouse.
The stadium is dedicated to ‘Mahadev’: Narendra Modi
It is being reported that the estimated cost to build the stadium is around INR 450 crores. The Indian Cricket Board will spend around INR 331 crores for the construction while UP’s chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s government spent around INR 121 crores to acquire the land for the stadium. During the foundation event, PM Modi said that the stadium is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
“This stadium in the city of ‘Mahadev’ will be dedicated to ‘Mahadev’ himself. The sportspersons here will benefit from the construction of an international stadium in Kashi. This stadium will become the star of the Purvanchal region,” PM Modi said during the event.
As Sachin Tendulkar and Prime Minister Modi shared this special moment, it underscored the significance of sports in fostering camaraderie and pride in the nation. The “NAMO Jersey” will likely hold a special place in the Prime Minister’s collection of memorabilia, serving as a reminder of the unifying power of sports in India’s cultural tapestry.
Here’s how fans reacted:
Merko laaga kl rahul ki jersey hai cause 1 likha hai 😂😂
— Rohit (@rohit_0718) September 23, 2023
Ab modiji yeh jersey pehen ke World Cup mai khelenge 😍
— Shreyans 🇮🇳 (@JainShreyans130) September 23, 2023
He knows Narendra modi is the greatest pm!! 🔥❤
— ` (@ImViaan) September 23, 2023
Aakhir kyu ? Wc nahi jeetna kya ?
— Mogambo (@mgambokhushhua) September 23, 2023
If Modi ji wears KL's jersey no., what will KL wear now?
— Mainak Ghosh (@Mainak7Cris) September 23, 2023
Chaplusi at another level
— Himanshi Hemu (@HimanshiHemu1) September 23, 2023
Ab ye bolenge Indian team ko BJP chala rhi h
— गाभरु🚩 (@thoda_rude_hu) September 23, 2023
— CricketWala (@USTrending60319) September 23, 2023
Jay shah kyo udash h bhai une kis baat ka gaam ho rha h.
— Virat Kohli(parody) (@Virat_Kohli001) September 23, 2023