Perth: The Swami Army is reportedly looking forward to Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th international ton.
According to WA Today, while the expectation and excitement is building up around him, Sachin himself has opted for a relaxed preparation in the run-up to the third Test between India and Australia to be played at the WACA in Perth, going for sightseeing, go-karting and dining in restaurants.
It may well be his last tour of Australia, and it seems the Little Master is intent on enjoying every minute of his stay.
During his time out from the WACA``s batting nets, the cricketer – who owns several restaurants in India – has indulged in another of his great passions: food.
On Sunday night he and several guests shared a meal at Japanese restaurant Nobu, at Burswood. The following night, he paid a visit to one of his favourite restaurants in Perth, Mt Lawley``s GoGo Madras Curry House on Beaufort Street.
Tendulkar visits the restaurant every time he``s in Perth and always orders the same dish – lamb cutlets.
On this occasion, the cricketer was joined by several teammates and other friends, and stayed true to tradition.
"He comes for our lamb cutlets, he loves them," owner Gogo Govardhan said, adding that He is the most humble person, you can go up and talk to him easily. We don``t talk about cricket, but we talked a lot about Perth."
According to Govardhan, Tendulkar is keen to make a trip to iconic Rottnest Island during his stay.
Meanwhile legions of Indian cricket fans – including the 45,000-strong Indian population in Perth – are hoping the WACA will deliver Tendulkar his elusive 100th international century.
The colourful, vocal and passionate Swami Army has been a regular feature this season, and this weekend will be no different.
The nickname was coined in 2003 and just like the English Barmy Army, the group is devoted to its team, following the players all over the world.
Group founder Sumit Grover said 1500 new members had joined the Swami Army in the past two weeks alone, taking membership to more than 3500.
He said they aimed to add some fun to the game, and boost crowd numbers.
Anil Jain, the president of the Indian Society of WA, will be among those cheering the star on in the crowd this weekend.
"We are all definitely looking to enjoy ourselves, there will be a very big Indian crowd watching the match," he said.