The sleepy town of Lahli in Haryana is all set to welcome Sachin Tendulkar and his Mumbai teammates as the Master Blaster gets ready to play his final Ranji Trophy game. Tendulkar and his teammates will drive down to Rohtak after arriving in Delhi by air. It is learnt Tendulkar and a few senior players may stay at a Haryana tourism guest house about 13 kilometers from the Chaudhary Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium in Lahli. The match against Haryana will be played from Sunday.
The match will also see a 'reunion' of sorts. Tendulkar will run into former Team India opener Ajay Jadeja. Now on the wrong side of forty, Jadeja is making a domestic comeback for Haryana. The witty Jadeja had lead Haryana to the Buchi Babu title earlier this year.
This will be Tendulkar's final Ranji Trophy match for defending champions Mumbai. Tendulkar has trained with the team for the last four days at the Wankhede Stadium and looks to be in great shape, according to teammates. Tendulkar has played 37 Ranji matches for Mumbai after making his debut against Gujarat in December 1988. His last match was the Ranji Trophy final at the Wankhede Stadium against Saurashtra in January this year.
Tendulkar is using the Lahli match as a warm-up game before the two-Test series against the West Indies next month. The 40-year-old will retire from Test cricket after his 200th match scheduled at Wankhede from November 14-18. Meanwhile Lahli, which is about 10 kms from Rohtak is essentially a town for budding wrestlers but Tendulkar's arrival is changing the local flavour as fans and sweet shops plan a big party.