When he retires after his 200th Test match in Mumbai next month, legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar will get a salute from a familiar but an unexpected and equally legendary tribe — the Mumbai dabbawalas.

"Around 50-100 dabbawalas will take a few days off from the tiffin delivery service to be present at Wankhede Stadium and give a salute to the legend who is retiring," said Subhash Talekar, spokesperson of the Nutan Mumbai Tiffin Box Suppliers Trust (NMTBST).

He said that the dabbawalas have been serving Mumbai for the past 123 years, while Tendulkar has been serving and bringing laurels to the nation in the past nearly three decades.

"He is a symbol of Mumbai who has made all Indians proud. We feel it is our duty to be present on this historic occasion," said Talekar, speaking for the dabbawalas, who are regarded the epitome of management perfection and strategies.

(With inputs from PTI)