“When somebody asks me the place I reside in Australia, I proudly give my deal with. Everyone seems to be stunned,” says S Jagat, an IT skilled with roots in Kerala. In spite of everything, the suburban road the place he lives known as Kohli Crescent, named after Virat Kohli.
Extra surprises are paved within the neighbouring streets of Rockbank, a suburb of Melbourne. About 600 metres from Kohli Crescent is a road known as Tendulkar Drive. All of the streets on this neighborhood have been named after high worldwide cricketers, together with M S Dhoni, Kapil Dev, V V S Laxman, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Curtly Ambrose, Imran Khan, Gary Sobers and Joel Garner.
The names of streets listed here are often submitted by builders and permitted by town council, offered they meet the rules laid down by the native Workplace of Geographic Names. Unsurprisingly, the Rockbank suburb, which falls beneath Melton Council, is standard with homebuyers from the Indian group.
“Once we bought the land, we didn’t know that our deal with can be 18, Kohli Crescent,” mentioned Jagat. “At some point, my pal from India despatched information clippings asking me whether or not I knew this new place the place the streets have been named after cricketers. I mentioned I reside there,” he recalled.
Together with his deal with matching Kohli’s jersey quantity (18), Jagat mentioned his mates would blame him for the cricketer’s poor kind earlier. “Initially, once I moved right here, he wasn’t scoring runs. My pal used responsible me, saying that it was due to me. Now, as he has begun to attain, I stroll with my collars excessive,” he mentioned. His workplace supervisor, mentioned Jagat, wished him to tag his deal with to Kohli’s social media account.
Simply subsequent to Tendulkar Drive is the road named after Inzamam-ul-Haq. So what occurs when India performs Pakistan? There may be bitter rivalry within the neighborhood too. When India defeated Pakistan of their T20 inaugural recreation in Melbourne, the Kohli-Tendulkar road noticed firecrackers on Sunday night time.
“After reaching house we burst firecrackers. We don’t know what occurred on Inzamam road, possibly they’re petrified of us,” mentioned Jagat, with fun.
Sai Krishna, a chartered accountant from Hyderabad, mentioned Glenn McGrath got here to inaugurate the road named after him. “It’s an upcoming suburb in Melbourne. McGrath had come for the inauguration,” he mentioned. Some residents hoped that like McGrath, the Indian cricketers too would go to the streets named after them.
“I wished 10, Tendulkar (after the cricketer’s jersey quantity), however I couldn’t get it. Whosoever has bought it’s absolutely fortunate,” mentioned Krishna, with a tinge of disappointment. In accordance with residents, a household from Bangladesh is the proud proprietor of 10, Tendulkar Drive. And the quietest road within the neighbourhood is the one named after VVS Laxman.
As for the fee, a four-bedroom home on Tendulkar Drive is priced at AUD 6,90,000 or about Rs 3.65 crore, together with a deposit of about AUD 1,40,000 or about Rs 74 lakh. “Certainly one of Melbourne’s latest neighborhoods the place a village life-style awaits and group bonds flourish, but you’re solely half-hour from town,” says an commercial of the realm.
In the meantime, the best batsman of all, Don Bradman, doesn’t have a road right here. Apparently, the council didn’t clear it as there’s already a road named after him within the neighbouring suburb of Melton.