Ahmedabad:Sachin Tendulkar will celebrate his 20 years in international cricket later on Sunday with a small gathering of family, close friends and his Indian teammates.
According to sources in the Indian team, Sachin's wife Anjali joined him this morning and would be with him at a small party at hotel St Laurn, where the team is putting up for the first Test against Sri Lanka, in the evening.
Some close friends of Tendulkar, like Sameer Dighe and Atul Ranade are also in the city to participate in the celebrations.
The vice president of the hotel Rajesh Sinha said that they have prepared a special menu for the master blaster. "We have planned an Oriental menu for Sachin which would include sea food like prawns and lobsters as he is fond of sea food," Sinha told PTI.
"The menu has been named S20 after Sachin and would be available from today evening till they stay with us," he added.
Executive chef of the hotel Shailesh Verma said that they have prepared a five kg cake made out of swiss chocolate for Tendulkar.
"We have different preparation from asparagus, and a whole lot of things which Sachin likes. We also have prawns and salmon for him," Verma said.
Gujarat chief minister and GCA president Narendra Modi would be presenting a memento to before the Test match between India and Sri Lanka at Sardar Patel stadium, Motera here on Monday.
Tendulkar, who made his international debut with a Test against Pakistan on November 15, 1989, would also be felicitated on behalf of the Gujarat government.
The Sardar Patel stadium, built in 1983, has played host to some of the most memorable moments of cricketing history.
Little master Sunil Gavaskar completed his 10,000 runs in Test cricket on this very ground, while Haryana Hurricane Kapil Dev surpassed Sir Richard Headlee's Test wicket record of 431 here.
Tendulkar also celebrated a memorable moment at this GCA ground, when he scored his maiden double century in Test cricket against New Zealand in 1999.