Hung websites, and a ten-hour journey
My friend and I decided to toss a coin
Ramnik B, 30, Kolkata
I came from Kolkata to watch this match after I got lucky on kyazoonga.com for the tickets. As soon as the dates for this match were announced, I told my boss that no matter what happens, I am going to Mumbai for this. She agreed and since I was supposed to meet a client in Mumbai, I thought I would finish that too.
On the day the tickets were going on sale online for the second Test, I tried to buy them from 10.30am onwards, and kept trying for hours and hours but the website was too slow. Finally, around midnight I gave up, even though I had reached the payment page a couple of times and was a step away from getting the confirmation.
When I woke up at 7am, I saw a mobile message from kyazoonga that I actually got a ticket. I had not even woken up properly and that message got me wide awake. But instead of the two tickets that I wanted, they gave me one. Since two of us were planning to go, my friend and I decided to toss a coin to decide who would go. And I won.
Luckily I didn't have to spend on the air tickets from Kolkata to Mumbai and back since this was termed an official trip, but I have still spent close to Rs 40,000 to 50,000 for hotel, match tickets, travel and other expenses. After watching him play today in his final match, I can say it was worth it.
I won't get to go at all
Dr Vivek Korde, founder-president, Forum Against Commercialisation of Education, Mumbai
I have two tickets but I can't go for the match. I'm going to hand them over to my nephew and my friend's wife, who I had promised two days ago. It won't be fair to not let her go.
I was planning to go for the match with my friend's wife today but my nephew called me last night after he saw Sachin was not out. My nephew is in class 12, and he said he would "adjust" his classes somehow. He really wanted to go, so I said, "You are young, you should go". So now I'm going to go outside the North Stand, give them the tickets, and then go back.
Yesterday [November 14] I couldn't go because I had work the whole day, and tomorrow and day after my son and daughter-in-law will go with the same tickets. So I won't get to go at all.
A career that ran from pre-school to business school
Sachin Madan, Business School student, Singapore
I had my final exams and my [business school] placements in Singapore till November 12. One of my friends in Delhi got hold of two tickets for seats in the Sunil Gavaskar stand and told me about that on the 12th evening.
I follow every sport - American football, baseball, everything - because of Sachin Tendulkar. He made me understand the importance of sports in a person's life. Plus, as an added incentive, I am also a Sachin.
It took me ten hours to get here. I stopped at Delhi, and then I flew to Mumbai via Bhopal. I landed at 5.30pm here on the 13th evening and came directly to the Wankhede Stadium (to pick up tickets for a friend). But the kyazoonga counter was closed. So I came on the 14th around 9am and got the tickets.
I had never seen a cricket match outside Delhi and I had heard that the North Stand and the Sachin Tendulkar Stand are probably the most vocal when it comes to cricket supporters in India. Seeing the atmosphere here, the way they were supporting Sachin, it was totally worth it. I can't even begin to explain my feelings.
I'll remember this particular Test for the rest of my life. Apart from my family, he has been the constant in my life for the last 24 years. He started playing when I was in pre-school and he is playing his last Test the week I graduate from business school. So my schooling life has been his playing career.
Half my family (who live in Andheri) don't even know I'm in India, because I couldn't find the time to actually tell them I'm in Mumbai. This trip was only for him.
As told to Vishal Dikshit
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