For sportspersons who plan their retirement after long and successful careers, having the family and close friends around on the final moments of their career is a rather common phenomenon. Several Australian cricketers like Mathew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting have done this but an Indian doing it is rather rare. But Sachin Tendulkar, who has decided to retire from Test cricket after he plays his 200th Test match in November, wants his family and more importantly, his mother Rajni by his side when he bows out from international cricket.
According to a report in the Times of India, 40-year-old Tendulkar, who announced his retirement on Thursday, wants his mother to be present in his last Test match scheduled against the West Indies. Although the Board of Control for Cricket in India has not announced the venue of this milestone game, Tendulkar is keen to play at Mumbai. While Wankhede Stadium has been Mumbai's regular international venue in recent years, the Brabourne Stadium, run by the historic Cricket Club of India, also wants to host. (Read full story here)
Tendulkar's mother has apparently never seen her son play international cricket in a stadium. Although his mother now needs a wheelchair to move around, Tendulkar is keen that she turns up at his farewell game. Needing two Test matches to reach the 'magic' figure of 200, Tendulkar has already written to the BCCI about his wish, says the newspaper report. The BCCI is expected to name the Test venue next week. Kolkata's Eden Gardens could host Tendulkar's 199th Test although Ahmedabad and Bangalore are also in fray as per Board's rotation policy. (Also read: Sachin's attention to every detail was amazing, says Greg Chappell)