Gavaskar inaugurates World Cup gallery

Mumbai: With the model code of conduct for upcoming Zilla Parishad and municipal corporation polls, to be held across Maharashtra, is likely to come into effect by this evening, the Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) today threw open the World Cup cricket gallery for public viewing.

The gallery, which is built by the Mumbai civic body, was inaugurated by legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar in a hastily rescheduled event held at the Andheri Sports Complex (ASC) here. "This world cup cricket gallery will be an inspiration for the young generation," Gavasakar said, adding he felt proud after having inaugurated the gallery.

The gallery, housed at the Shahji Raje Sports Complex, displays numerous memorabilia associated with the World Cups won by India in 1983 and 2011 respectively. Apart from the statues of the Indian players, who were part of the winning squads, the cricket kits used by them and a large number of photographs are also placed under one roof to enable cricket enthusiasts to take a tour down the memory lane.

The willows bearing autographs of prominent players since the World Cup event started in 1975 are also on display. "People can also watch the highlights of the world cup finals on the LCD screens when India became world champions on two occasions.

"We don`t want to say what the BCCI did for cricket. But we are connected with people and therefore this gallery has been built," Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray said. The saffron combine of Shiv Sena and BJP rules the richest municipal corporation in the country.