Oct 12, 2013
Less than a day after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) slotted Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th Test to be held at the Wankhede Stadium, it was revealed that Tendulkar’s request for doing so to BCCI was for his mother Rajni who wishes to watch her son play for the last time.
According to a report by Maharashtra Times, Tendulkar told the BCCI that his mother has never seen him play international cricket seated in a stadium, and she would like to attend his final Test and watch the match among other spectators.
Tendulkar’s 200th and final Test, against the West Indies, will be played at the Wankhede from November 14-18, 2013. The report also further mentions that Tendulkar’s mother never watched her son play as she used to get tensed and sad. She feared that her disappointment would affect her son’s game. As a result his mother would watch the highlights the next day.
After initially accepting that the 200th Test would be held in Mumbai, it was still not clear whether the 33,000-capacity Wankhede Stadium or the Cricket Club of India’s (CCI) Brabourne Stadium would host it. Ultimately, the former was selected as the venue.