New Delhi: A designer wallpaper in the Sachin Tendulkar Suite, the new name given to the best room in Rivoli hotel, and four specially-invited chefs, particularly to cater to the batting maestro’s favourite sea food, are part of the arrangements made to make him feel at home in Rohtak.
Walls have been painted anew, and even the furniture in the suite has been changed to welcome Tendulkar who, along with the Mumbai teammates, arrived in this small Haryana city on Friday evening to play their opening Ranji Trophy game against Haryana in nearby Lahli village from Sunday.
The four-day Group A match has assumed ‘international’ proportions because Tendulkar has announced his retirement from Test cricket and this encounter would be his last in the Ranji Trophy championship.
Ashok Bhambri, MD of Rivoli, informed that the suite has been decked up with a lot of care for Tendulkar, though he said that the local administration was yet to confirm that the world’s most decorated batsman would indeed stay in his hotel.
Due to security reasons, Tendulkar, captain Zaheer Khan, Wasim Jaffer and Ajinkya Rahane, were taken to the government’s Canal Rest House in Rohtak while the rest of the players checked in at Rivoli.
“We have been working for about seven days on the suite in which Sachin ji is supposed to stay. We have specially decorated the suit, the best in our hotel, and renamed it as Sachin Tendulkar Suite. Now, this suite will always be known by this name,” he disclosed. “We have changed its furniture, the curtains, as well as the wallpaper so that he can feel at home.”
Interestingly, Tendulkar’s bags were part of the team luggage that reached Rivoli, providing three-star facilities, at around 5.30 pm and they were greeted with bouquets and drinks.
“Sachin ji's kit bag and his suitcase arrived at the hotel along with that of the rest of the players. But he and three others haven’t checked in as yet,” Bhambri said late in the evening.
“We are told that the local administration is trying to decide which is the best place to stay for Sachin ji as he’s a member of Parliament, besides being a great player.”
Bhambri’s son Gautam said that 16 members of the squad have checked in and occupied 10 rooms. “They have booked 14 rooms in our hotel. But four single rooms, which are for Sachin ji , Zaheer, Wasim Jaffer, and Ajinkya Rahane, are still unoccupied. We haven’t heard anything so far about them. We shall wait.”
A top source, however, said that the four players would most likely stay at the Canal Rest House, which is not very far from Rivoli.
Haryana Cricket Association secretary Anirudh Chaudhry said that the Ajay Jadeja-led Haryana team is staying at the match venue, Chaudhary Bansi Lal Stadium in Lahli.
Four specialist chefs — two from Delhi and the others from Jaipur and Karnal — have been hired. “We want to provide any kind of food that the players would desire. The two chefs from Delhi are specialists in preparing sea food and biryani. The others can prepare Punjabi food like maaki ki roti and sarson ka saag and south Indian dishes,” said Ashok Bhambri.
“They haven’t told us what exactly they would want as they have checked in today (Friday) only. They have just indicated that they would need light dinner,” he said.
Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.