Kolkata: As he bid adieu to the hallowed Eden Gardens turf for one last time, Sachin Tendulkar was requested by an emotional West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Friday to come again as the guest of the state.
"Abar eso (please come again)," Banerjee told Tendulkar in Bengali showering the legend with gifts and a painting made by her.
For Sachin Tendulkar, who grabbed all the attention in the first of his two-Test farewell series against the West Indies, the win inside three days proved to be much needed boon.
The maestro, who will retire playing his 200th Test at his home ground Wankhede Stadium in the last Test beginning November 14, was the first to leave for Mumbai as he took a 7.40pm flight to be back home with his family.
"He left alone while the rest of the team members will take an afternoon flight tomorrow," the local team manager said today.
Bengal pacer Mohammad Shami made a fairytale Test debut at his 'home ground' as his match haul of nine wickets in the second innings blew the West Indies away who collapsed for 168 inside three days.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee later took to Facebook to congratulate Team India for their emphatic innings victory over the West Indies, saying it was a "befitting" farewell for Sachin Tendulkar at the historic Eden Gardens.
"This Test match was Sachin Tendulkar's 199th and the last at the Eden Gardens. Today's victory is indeed a befitting celebration of this momentous occasion," Mamata posted on her Facebook page.
"We wish him all the best in his life ahead."
Mamata also congratulated India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and local boy Mohammed Shami for their brilliant performances.
"Rohit was very happy and said that now Eden is his second home. Shami too was very happy. After all, Eden is his 'home' ground," she added.
"Eden is the paradise of cricket. It is the dream of every cricketer to play before the sporting and cheerful crowd who have always been their pillars of support here," Mamata said.
Bengal pacer Shami made a fairytale Test debut at his home ground as his match haul of nine wickets helped India register an emphatic innings and 51-run win over the West Indies.