What would be the ultimate tribute that Sachin Tendulkar fans can give the little master as his farewell Test begins at the Wankhede Stadium tomorrow?
Besides of course, the standing ovation, the applause and all the tremendous fanfare associated with the landmark event, it will also be a challenge for Mumbai to host a goodbye to Indian cricket’s most celebrated icon.
The best thing one can do to mark the occasion is to ensure that things off the field go off as smoothly as possible. Take the traffic in your stride during the Test. Certain roads will be necessarily closed for VIP movement. Let the traffic flow to the venue be as hassle-free as possible for cops, who, one assumes will be incredibly strained during this high profile event. It is up to the Mumbaikar to present the best face of the city to all those visitors from elsewhere in the country and overseas.
Orderly entrance and exit to the stadium on all days should be a priority. This would ensure no fracas and no altercations that could end up marring the Test and make it one to rue — not one to remember. For all those going in to watch the match, it is a moment of history and one they need to cherish, so it is best to dignify by cooperation with authorities who are there to ensure a safe, secure event.
While the men and women in uniform will no doubt have to give it their all on this day when all the eyes of the cricketing world will be on Mumbai, its citizens have a special stake in ensuring that Sachin Tendulkar bows out with all the grace and grandeur that he brought to the city and the cricket field for so many years. On your best behaviour, Mumbai.