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'Tendulkar Drive', 'Kohli Crescent': Streets named after cricketers in Melbourne

Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar. Source: SBS Hindi

An upcoming housing estate in Melbourne’s western suburb of Rockbank has named all its streets after cricketing legends from around the world.

Streets in the Rockbank suburb of Melton City Council have been named after cricketing legends such as Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Steve Waugh among others. 


Highlights:

  • Streets named after cricketers are in Melbourne's Western suburb of Rockbank
  • Tendulkar Drive, Kohli Crescent, Waugh Street and Ambrose Street are some of the streets named after cricketers.
  • Melbourne's West is home to a large Indian community. 

Varun Sharma is Property Developer in Melbourne.

He says I am not connected to the project but the initiative to name the streets after cricketers had met with a huge response.

“As soon as they announced street names after cricketers, the inquiries doubled,” Mr Sharma told SBS Hindi. 

"Who would not like to live on Kohli crescent? You never know Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli might drive by the street when he is in Melbourne this December," Mr Sharma quipped.

Streets named after cricket greats in Melbourne's Western suburb of Rockbank
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Besides Tendulkar Drive and Kohli Crescent, the other streets in the estate have been named Waugh Street (Former Australian Captain Steve Waugh), Sobers Drive (West Indies great Sir Garry Sobers), Kallis Way (South African Batsman Jack Kallis), Dev Terrace (India's former Captain Kapil Dev), Hadlee Street (New Zealand's former cricketer Sir Richard John Hadlee), Akram Way (Pakistan's former Captain Waseem Akram) among others. 

Streets named after cricket greats in Melbourne's Western suburb of Rockbank
SBS Hindi

City of Melton Mayor Cr Lara Carli said it was great to see a positive response to these names.

“Street names in our City are usually submitted by developers and approved by Council if they meet Office of Geographic Names guidelines.

“It seems these cricket-themed names are already popular with cricket fans in our community and beyond.

“It’s great to see a positive response to these names, and it’s something I’m sure the developer and surrounding residents can be proud of.”

Streets named after cricket greats in Melbourne's Western suburb of Rockbank
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Melbourne-based property consultant Vivek Handa said the street name is not enough to convince people to buy a property. 

"In my opinion, it doesn’t matter what the name of the street is. When people plan to buy land or house they check many other parameters.

"One should always look at how close the schools, transport, hospitals, and supermarkets are rather than gushing over the street name," Mr Handa told SBS Hindi.

Prabal Tripathi, who works in the real estate sector and has lived in Melbourne’s West for the last sixteen years after migrating from India in 2004 said he was thrilled with the news.

"I have never missed a cricket match at MCG. Every time I attended a match, I would wonder why can’t we name streets after our cricketers. This news has finally fulfilled my wish," Mr Tripathi said.

(With inputs from Mosiqi Acharya)

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