Mumbai Indians coach John Wright said the side are keen to do "something special" for the Sachin Tendulkar as the Little Master prepares to bid goodbye to the T20 format.
Mumbai Indians' Sachin Tendulkar with the IPL Trophy, May 27
Tendulkar announced after the Mumbai Indians' win in the IPL last season that he would not take part in the glitzy tournament anymore, making the CLT20 his final bow as a Mumbai Indian.
While attention is never too far away for Tendulkar in whatever he does, the eyes of millions will be focused a little more sharply come the start of the tournament when the Mumbai Indians take on the Rajasthan Royals on Saturday, and Wright believes Tendulkar is as prepared as he always is.
"Everyone knows that he will be playing for the last time in this format, so we will try and do something special for him," the former India coach said.
"Sachin has never changed in the way that he approaches the game. He loves the game. He knows about himself and how he plays, and he prepares accordingly.
"We have been Ahmedabad for a four-day camp and it was a pleasure for all of us to work with him. I am pleased to report that he is batting well and he is keen and fresh.
"The boys love playing with Sachin, he is big part of our franchise and it will be great to see him at the wicket again. The thing about Sachin I think is he has kept it very simple, he knows his game inside out and he works hard on his preparation that has never changed."
Wright believes his side have the perfect balance and stressed on the harmony that exists in the squad.
"We have got a good balance and the boys enjoy each others' company," Wright, whose side will be without tyro Lasith Malinga, added. "Everyone is involved right down through the owners to our team. We just feel part of it.
"I would like to mention that the success in the sixth season of the IPL was because of the performance of all the boys and all the bowlers in the side had bowled well. We have got good depth and we see those things (player absences) as an opportunity."
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