Sachin Tendulkar’s legendary status in the game of cricket has seen his fans find numerous ways to pay tribute to him. However, a research scholar pursuing a Ph. D in spider taxonomy found arguably the most unique way to show his love for the Master Blaster by naming a newly discovered species of spider after him.
Dhruv Prajapati, a junior researcher with the Gujarat Ecological Education & Research (GEER) Foundation, pursuing a Ph.D. in spider taxonomy, recently discovered two new species of spiders, one of them named as 'Marengo Sachin Tendulkar'.
He named the other after Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara, who played a key role in creating awareness of education in Kerala. He said the two new species belong to the Indomarengo and Marengo genus of Asian jumping spiders. The findings of his study have published in the September issue of Russia's Arthropoda Selecta.
“I named (one spider) Marengo Sachin Tendulkar because Sachin happens to be my favorite cricketer,” he said.