New Delhi: Once Sachin Tendulkar had expressed his desire to play his 200th and final Test at home, only a formal announcement from the BCCI was awaited, which came on Tuesday with Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium being named as the host for the final appearance of India's most iconic cricketer.
As reported by CNN-IBN earlier, the BCCI has awarded the second Test of two-Test series against West Indies to Mumbai Cricket Association, which will see a number of festivities over those five days of Tendulkar's last match for India.
Kolkata, Delhi, Bangalore and even Ahmedabad were in the race to host the most-awaited match, but after Tendulkar's request to bow out on his home ground, BCCI awarded the match to Mumbai. Kolkata's Eden Gardens will host the first Test of the series from Nov 6-10, followed by the Mumbai Test from Nov 14-18.
It will be a fitting finale to a glittering career, and one will expect a memorable outing for Tendulkar in Mumbai.
There have been various reports that there could be a special visitor in the form of Tendulkar' mother, who has never been to a ground to watch him play an international match. A number of dignitaries are expected to be present out there, including Tendulkar's boyhood coach Ramankant Achrekar.
BCCI is expected to make special plans as one of the finest batsmen India has produced goes out.