Sachin Tendulkar's Statue Was Installed at Wankhede Stadium, Not Steve Smith's

Sachin Tendulkar inaugurated his statute at the Wakhede Stadium on 1 November ahead of India and Sri Lanka's match.

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Amid the ongoing International Cricket Council (ICC) Men's Cricket World Cup 2023, social media users have shared a photo, claiming that cricketer and former Australian captain Steve Smith's statue had been put up at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium.

Sachin Tendulkar inaugurated his statute at the Wakhede Stadium on 1 November ahead of India and Sri Lanka's match.

An archive of the post can be found here

(Source: X/Screenshot) 

This post recorded 66,000 views at the time of writing this story. (Archives of similar claims can be found here, here and here.)

Is it true?: No, the claim is false. The viral posts show former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar's statue at Wankede Stadium and not that of Steve Smith.

  • Tendulkar unveiled his statue on Wednesday, 1 November, a day before the match between India and Sri Lanka in Wankhede.


How did we find out?: With a relevant keyword search on X, we came across posts by official accounts of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the ICC.

  • The ICC posted, on 1 November, a set of four photos, including the viral image.

  • It was uploaded with the caption that read, "Unveiled, Sachin Tendulkar inaugurates his statue at the Wankhede Stadium!"

  • The BCCI also posted the images with a caption honouring the cricketer on 1 November.

  • A video of BCCI's website shows the moment Sachin Tendulkar unveiled his statue at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

  • Apart from these, Sachin Tendulkar took to his X account and posted a heartfelt note expressing his gratitude towards for installing his statue. He wrote, "Wankhede and cricket, you've been very kind."

  • Swipe right to see some pictures from 1 November when former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar's statue was unveiled at the Wakhede Stadium.

  • These pictures show the glorious ceremony of the unveiling of the statue. 

    (Source: PTI) 

Conclusion: It is clear that it is not Tendulkar's statue was installed inside Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium and not Smith's.

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