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 is scheduled to arrive in Delhi around noon from where he will drive down with his teammates to Rohtak in the afternoon. 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.
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 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 arriving is changing the local flavour as fans and sweet shops plan a big party.