If Eden Gardens is the Mecca of Indian cricket, curator Prabir Mukherjee has been a worthy custodian of one of the most sporting wickets in the country.
Even as the world prepares to watch Sachin Tendulkar play his 199th Test here, the octogenarian is focused on doing his job to perfection.
Rohit might be the latest sensation in the world of cricket — after scoring a double ton against Australia in Bangalore on Saturday — but for Prabir, nothing is more important than following the rules and maintaining decorum.
Just as Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Duncan Fletcher walked to the middle to have a look at the wicket, Prabir shook hands with them and showed them the wicket.
But no sooner did Rohit try to take advantage of the situation and walk on to the square, Prabir stopped him.
The duo had some heated exchanges before Rohit walked back in dejection. Things took a turn for the worse when members of the Indian management tried to argue with Prabir.
Later, CAB official Subir Ganguly had to intervene and calm both parties down. It was only after Prabir left the ground that the Indian players could sneak into the square.
Speaking to Mail Today, a senior CAB official said: "Actually, Prabir likes to follow rules and he was of the view that players can check the wicket only on the eve of the match and wasn't too happy that Rohit had come in. It took some time to convince him."
Prabir, however, downplayed the incident and said he has tried to prepare the best possible wicket under the circumstances — it has been raining heavily in the recent past.
"I have given it my best shot and I will till the time I am the custodian of this wicket. I always try and prepare the best wicket possible and the efforts have been very much on those lines. Looks good (laughs)," he told Mail Today.