The Spin | Sweet peas, ships and now spiders: the wider world inspired by cricket

News that a spider has been named after Sachin Tendulkar prompts a look back at other cricketers honoured differently

As Shakespeare so very nearly said, shall I compare thee to an Asian jumping spider? Last week news broke about a newly-identified species of creepy-crawly found in the Indian provinces of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, that has been named after Sachin Tendulkar. It is probably about time cricket, which shares its name with a similarly-sized critter, was provided with another link to the world of the mini-beast even if Tendulkar himself is surely more lovely and more temperate than this one.

“I named it because Sachin happens to be my favourite cricketer,” trilled Dhruv Prajapati, a junior researcher with the Gujarat Ecological Education and Research Foundation, who spotted the spider in 2015 – the arachnid has only recently been included in the World Spider Catalogue and leapt to stardom. Still, there are certainly more obvious ways of honouring your favourite cricketer, whether it be a tattoo, some heartfelt fan-mail or presenting them with a lovely bunch of Jack Hobbses, or perhaps a bouquet of Larwoods.

Related: Ben Stokes: ‘Fear is natural. It ebbs and flows. Just embrace it’

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