Sam Whiteman knows his Twenty20 debut tonight will be one of the most memorable matches of his fledgling career.
While he is hoping for a decent personal return and a victory to end Perth's Champions League campaign, Whiteman recognised that the focus of the cricket world would be on just one player.
Sachin Tendulkar has transcended cricket in India and his final appearance for Mumbai in the game's shortest format will be an opportunity for his legions of fans to farewell him after two decades of excellence.
"The boys have been talking about the hype around this game and what the crowd will be like when Sachin is playing," Whiteman said.
"It will be awesome to be on the same field. I haven't had anything to do with him but like everyone, I have grown up being a fan of his.
"He was in the nets next to us the other day and he hit balls for two hours and was working on a couple of things.
"That commitment shows why he is world class.
"Coaches are always telling you how hard Mike Hussey or Ricky Ponting work, but it was only when Huss came back to WA last year or you see Sachin in the nets that you comprehend how hard they work. It motivates you for sure."
Whiteman made a steady start to his career last summer, playing all eight one-dayers for 274 runs at 30.88 and replacing Tom Triffitt as wicket-keeper after two matches of the shield season.
The correct left-hander scored 422 runs at 26.38 in the four-day format, including a highest of 96 against Tasmania, and was elevated to open late in the season.
He is likely to replicate that role against the Indians tonight after opener Liam Davis returned to Perth yesterday with a broken finger.
Whiteman has been biding his time after the Scorchers selectors opted for Triffitt at the start of the tournament and while he was disappointed to miss out on a place, one of the features of the tour has been his strong relationship with his rival.
They have worked together on their glovework and both believe that helping the other improve would also provide a spur for themselves.
"I was not sure if I was going to be part of it but I was certainly disappointed when I was told that I wouldn't be playing at the start," Whiteman said.
"I am prepared to do my time.
"It might seem a bit strange to be working so closely with Triff but there is only one spot in the team and there are no hard feelings about him getting it.
"We actually work pretty well together. We know that if you make each other better players it is better for the team."
- Scorchers: *Ashton Agar, Sam Whiteman, Simon Katich (capt), Marcus North, Hilton Cartwright, Ashton Turner, Tom Triffitt, Joel Paris, Jason Behrendorff, Brad Hogg, Michael Beer.
- Mumbai: *Tendulkar, Smith, Karthik, Sharma (capt), Pollard, Rayadu, Maxwell, Harbhajan, Johnson., Dhawan, Ojha.
"The boys have been talking about the hype around this game … It will be awesome ..." "Scorchers debutant *Sam Whiteman *