Kolkata: Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly Tuesday appealed to the city's cricket lovers to turn up in huge number during the Nov 6-10 Test match against the West Indies at Eden Garden to give a befitting farewell to Sachin Tendulkar, who would be playing the penultimate game of his exceptional career.
Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium would host the 200th test match, the last test of Tendulkar's career Nov 14-18. Eden Gardens would host Tendulkar's 199th Test match.
Ganguly said, "I appeal to the cricket connoisseurs of Kolkata to fill up Eden. Not a single seat should be empty. We must give Sachin a grand felicitation." Ganguly shared the Indian dressing room for one and half decades with the Mumbaikar.
Expressing happiness at Eden getting to host the match, Ganguly said "it is a great feeling. It will enthuse local youngsters who can see him in action for India for the last time".
However, Ganguly felt with emotion likely to run high among the people, the two Test matches would be a tough task for Tendulkar.
"It will not be easy to play in such an emotion-surcharged atmosphere. He has to concentrate leaving aside everything else. I hope he will be among runs," he said.