Sports Desk- The 1983 World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev, Lord of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar and run machine Virat Kohli have received huge honors in Australia. Streets in Melbourne named after Kapil, Tendulkar and Kohli.
Apart from Indian cricketers in the city, the streets are named after players like Australia’s Steve Waugh (Waugh Street), West Indies’ Gary Sobers (Sobers Drive), New Zealand’s Richard Hadlee (Hedlee Street) and Pakistan’s Wasim Akram (Akram Way) went. The Rockbank suburb, which falls under Melton Council, has been a popular suburb among home buyers from the Indian community.
According to Elissa Hayes of Resi venture, the developer of the estate, “the response from the Indian community has been exceptionally good and high ever since the launch of the H&L packages“.
Resi Ventures director Khurram Saeed said there were 60 names submitted to the council for approval including a street named after the great Don Bradman but the body refused it as there was already a street named after him in Melbourne.
“We did get Tendulkar and Kohli over the line with the council. Kohli is one of my favourite batsmen of the current era and I named the most expensive street after him, overlooking the future wetlands,” Khurram added.
“We didn’t get Kumar Sangakara, Rahul Dravid, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and a few others as council knocked them back for one reason or another,” he said.