Ranji Trophy 2013-14 October 15, 2013

Tendulkar available for Mumbai's season opener

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Sachin Tendulkar will warm up for his farewell Test series by appearing in Mumbai's Ranji Trophy opener against Haryana, to be played in Lahli from October 27 to 30.

A day before Mumbai's selection panel, headed by former India opener Sudhir Naik, is to select the squad for the match and name the captain for the season, Mumbai Cricket Association joint secretary Nitin Dalal confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that Tendulkar "has made himself available" for the Ranji match.

Tendulkar will then join the Indian team one last time for the two-Test series starting on November 6. He had announced his decision to retire after the second Test, his 200th, to be played at his home ground, the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. After leaving international cricket, Tendulkar is unlikely to return to the domestic circuit, so Mumbai's match against Haryana may mark Tendulkar's last appearance in Indian domestic cricket.

He had made his maiden first-class appearance almost 25 years ago, against Gujarat on December 10, 1988, and has played 37 Ranji Trophy games so far over the years. Despite wanting to be part of the Mumbai dressing room more often, a packed international calendar prevented him from doing so. After retiring from ODIs last year, Tendulkar appeared in four Ranji games for Mumbai last season, scoring two centuries and a fifty in five innings. It was the first time since 1994-95 that he played more than three Ranji games in a season.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on October 15, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    I would like to see Sachin go out on a high. Please let him perform in this match. But I also know that Lahli has been a heaven for fast bowlers the past two seasons. It is by performing on these pitches that a guy like Mohit Sharma from Haryana made it to the Indian side which otherwise he could not have. But having full faith in Sachin's ability, I am sure he will score a ton in the last domestic match. Also, with Sachin playing I would like to request ESPN Star Sports through this forum to please telecast this match live as a Ranji Trophy opener instead of other Ranji matches. If given an option, telecast the Delhi match as Sehwag, Gambhir will be in action for Delhi over there.

  • on October 16, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    I think Tendulkar should play the whole Ranji Trophy. Isn't it weird how he might play one more game? I hope he plays it all and ends his glorious career on a high! :)

  • hhillbumper on October 16, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    flat pitch coming up.Please stop calling him a God.It is an insult to anyone who believes in religion and is frankly childish and pathetic. You Indian fans need to get some perspective.If there is such a thing as God it sure aint going to be a short middle aged ineffective flat track specialist

  • on October 16, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    I have immense respect for Sachin and consider him to be one of the best batsmen ever! But why does it seem that he's trying all he can to claim the record for most First Class hundreds for India from Gavaskar? May be those two Tests won't be enough for one more hundred. I know it's great to be turning out for Mumbai, but going by the last couple of years, he seems to want to claim batting records more than anything, and that is why it is difficult to see him struggle against average bowlers.

  • on October 16, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    Whether Sachin continues to play first class games for Mumbai after WI tests is his decision though it will be nice if he plays at least 1 game - one last game - at Wankhede where it all began 25 years ago vs Gujarat. Memories of that innings in which he scored a century on debut are still itched on mind as also those of his Duleep Trophy debut century at same venue against Delhi. His approach to the game has of course changed since as that time he was junior most and now for last couple of decades.. we know the pressure.. Though it may not happen, a slim hope for someone like me if he continues to play after international retirement, with pressure gone, perhaps we will get to see The Sachin who plays much similar to the boy who in late 80s lit up grounds of Mumbai! Sachin in those days - without any pressure whatsoever, full of exuberance was in totally different league .. just remember his early test centuries.. Old Trafford, Perth or 85 vs WI at Mumbai and you will know what I mean!

  • Arrow011 on October 16, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    @ cms1234 - I wonder do people have any sense in calling Sachin a selfish person, nobody in the team ever said that, then why form an opinion which is contrary to the great man? It is akin to the stray dog barking. Sachin has loads of passion to play Test & Ranji cricket he can still continue to play in these forms for few more years. Indeed the supreme god of all sports.

  • CricketChat on October 16, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Would be great if Sachin actually plays domestic cricket, not for Mumbai, but for some other weaker teams for a couple of seasons to pass on his knowledge and passion for the game to upcoming players even if it is only for a few games.

  • on October 16, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    ill watch evry match that sachin plays ....even it be ranji.....sachin u r the god for evry sport person ...

  • cms1234 on October 16, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    I hope he didn't insist his last Ranji game to be played in Mumbai....He must understand that he did not get all his fame and adulation ONLY because of Mumbai fans. I don't have anything against Mumbai or Mumbai fans. But having reached such a high ground in the cricketing world and having achieved so many things in cricket, one would expect Tendulkar to be little more broad minded. This probably gives a glimpse at his persona in general. But then again, there is nothing wrong in being selfish and self-centered, right?

  • wantsachinback on October 16, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    this chap..don`t know superman also fear from his capacity...his ability really roadmap to achieve unimaginable task too. I want to remind ESPNCRICINFO team that your brilliant to gather so much data of all players not inly this sachin,,however all.make preserve all data of this master.. ..because no one will give you joy to record 200th test...and almost 34000 runs best luck to sachin da...for Haryana trip..

  • on October 15, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    I would like to see Sachin go out on a high. Please let him perform in this match. But I also know that Lahli has been a heaven for fast bowlers the past two seasons. It is by performing on these pitches that a guy like Mohit Sharma from Haryana made it to the Indian side which otherwise he could not have. But having full faith in Sachin's ability, I am sure he will score a ton in the last domestic match. Also, with Sachin playing I would like to request ESPN Star Sports through this forum to please telecast this match live as a Ranji Trophy opener instead of other Ranji matches. If given an option, telecast the Delhi match as Sehwag, Gambhir will be in action for Delhi over there.

  • on October 16, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    I think Tendulkar should play the whole Ranji Trophy. Isn't it weird how he might play one more game? I hope he plays it all and ends his glorious career on a high! :)

  • hhillbumper on October 16, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    flat pitch coming up.Please stop calling him a God.It is an insult to anyone who believes in religion and is frankly childish and pathetic. You Indian fans need to get some perspective.If there is such a thing as God it sure aint going to be a short middle aged ineffective flat track specialist

  • on October 16, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    I have immense respect for Sachin and consider him to be one of the best batsmen ever! But why does it seem that he's trying all he can to claim the record for most First Class hundreds for India from Gavaskar? May be those two Tests won't be enough for one more hundred. I know it's great to be turning out for Mumbai, but going by the last couple of years, he seems to want to claim batting records more than anything, and that is why it is difficult to see him struggle against average bowlers.

  • on October 16, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    Whether Sachin continues to play first class games for Mumbai after WI tests is his decision though it will be nice if he plays at least 1 game - one last game - at Wankhede where it all began 25 years ago vs Gujarat. Memories of that innings in which he scored a century on debut are still itched on mind as also those of his Duleep Trophy debut century at same venue against Delhi. His approach to the game has of course changed since as that time he was junior most and now for last couple of decades.. we know the pressure.. Though it may not happen, a slim hope for someone like me if he continues to play after international retirement, with pressure gone, perhaps we will get to see The Sachin who plays much similar to the boy who in late 80s lit up grounds of Mumbai! Sachin in those days - without any pressure whatsoever, full of exuberance was in totally different league .. just remember his early test centuries.. Old Trafford, Perth or 85 vs WI at Mumbai and you will know what I mean!

  • Arrow011 on October 16, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    @ cms1234 - I wonder do people have any sense in calling Sachin a selfish person, nobody in the team ever said that, then why form an opinion which is contrary to the great man? It is akin to the stray dog barking. Sachin has loads of passion to play Test & Ranji cricket he can still continue to play in these forms for few more years. Indeed the supreme god of all sports.

  • CricketChat on October 16, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Would be great if Sachin actually plays domestic cricket, not for Mumbai, but for some other weaker teams for a couple of seasons to pass on his knowledge and passion for the game to upcoming players even if it is only for a few games.

  • on October 16, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    ill watch evry match that sachin plays ....even it be ranji.....sachin u r the god for evry sport person ...

  • cms1234 on October 16, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    I hope he didn't insist his last Ranji game to be played in Mumbai....He must understand that he did not get all his fame and adulation ONLY because of Mumbai fans. I don't have anything against Mumbai or Mumbai fans. But having reached such a high ground in the cricketing world and having achieved so many things in cricket, one would expect Tendulkar to be little more broad minded. This probably gives a glimpse at his persona in general. But then again, there is nothing wrong in being selfish and self-centered, right?

  • wantsachinback on October 16, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    this chap..don`t know superman also fear from his capacity...his ability really roadmap to achieve unimaginable task too. I want to remind ESPNCRICINFO team that your brilliant to gather so much data of all players not inly this sachin,,however all.make preserve all data of this master.. ..because no one will give you joy to record 200th test...and almost 34000 runs best luck to sachin da...for Haryana trip..

  • on October 16, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    good to see

  • on October 16, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Domestic cricket will get more attracted by the likes of SACHIN !!!!

  • on October 16, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Sachin should continue to play in Ranji Trophy.... It helps the local players. Media should not speculate about his retirement. It is normal in county cricket after retirement they continue to play until they are fit to play at the domestic level...

  • sramesh_74 on October 16, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Will Sachin also play one last time for his local Mumbai club and his school??

  • on October 16, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    I'll start watching Ranji matches regularly if he continues to play in the domestic circuit.Not only me,I'm sure many would!

  • VinuKorattyPadnijareModi on October 16, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    I remember he saying some years back that he would love to play domestic games once Internationals are over. I think this interview was in Sports Star. In the same breadth, he said about the security people will be happy to run around him to nook and corner of India. I think he still is on Z category security..

  • on October 16, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    Sachin factor has made even the least followed ranji ties interesting!!! I will watch him bat even in a exhibition match!! That is the influence he has made in my life! Hail the master!!!!

  • on October 16, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    Hail the master one last time..my reason for watching cricket always..i watch the tests entire day wen he is playing but not the ODIS any longer..in all possibilities his last series will be it wen i religiously follow cricket matches..:(:( I respect him more as a person than as a cricketer..with the entire world at his feet still he is so humble..end of a legacy..!!Please make me smile by going on a high..

  • on October 16, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    When was the last time a Ranji match had a full house - even at small grounds with bare minimum capacity? If ever there is going to be one, this is it.

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 15, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    If anybody wants to see humility and sincerity in action, then this is it. I hope some of those haters eat their words. We all know those people don't think with their brains. Anyway, this game will be broadcast LIVE across television. The BCCI has been showing live Ranji Trophy games and other domestic tournaments to encourage people to get familiar with teams and players who would make the next move to international cricket. Sachin is going to grace the Mumbai team one last time with his presence. This would be such an honour for the youngsters within the Mumbai squad as well as the opponents (Haryana). This is why Sachin is so great. He never thinks highly of himself and has always played his cricket in the right way. I hope he belts some big runs for Mumbai.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on October 15, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    Nice. Thank you Sachin. Nice way to say good bye to all your fans across the country. Playing you last domestic game in Lahli? Wow. That is simply amazing. You are almost touching all corners of India in the past few months to say your good byes to your fans all over the country. Thank you sir for giving us one last chance to see you walk to the crease. I am sure the whole of Haryana will turn up for the match. Infact, I would not be surprised if the whole WI series is sold off on all days.

  • on October 15, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Finally, a Sachin farewell game for Delhi fans as well. Haryana Cricket Association should either shift the match to Nahar Singh Stadium, Faridabad or they should have special arrangement in place at Bansi Lal Stadium, Lahli, Rohtak because a lot of fans will be coming to watch this game!

  • on October 15, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    surely it is going to be his final game and we will be very happy to see him smashing bowlers out of the park.... he has been the top performer for last 23 years and yet he is better than some of the most over rated players in terms of skill and fitness... salute to him ................

  • QingdaoXI on October 15, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    Mumbai Ranji Team for First match Jaffer, Tare, Rahane, Tendulkar, Rohit, Nayar, Shah, Abdulla, Harmeet, Agarkar, Zaheer, Kulkarni.

  • delboy on October 15, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Will India be at home to the WI Nov 21 - 27 or in South Africa? The schedule suggests a team in two places at the same time?

  • delboy on October 15, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Will India be at home to the WI Nov 21 - 27 or in South Africa? The schedule suggests a team in two places at the same time?

  • QingdaoXI on October 15, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    Mumbai Ranji Team for First match Jaffer, Tare, Rahane, Tendulkar, Rohit, Nayar, Shah, Abdulla, Harmeet, Agarkar, Zaheer, Kulkarni.

  • on October 15, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    surely it is going to be his final game and we will be very happy to see him smashing bowlers out of the park.... he has been the top performer for last 23 years and yet he is better than some of the most over rated players in terms of skill and fitness... salute to him ................

  • on October 15, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Finally, a Sachin farewell game for Delhi fans as well. Haryana Cricket Association should either shift the match to Nahar Singh Stadium, Faridabad or they should have special arrangement in place at Bansi Lal Stadium, Lahli, Rohtak because a lot of fans will be coming to watch this game!

  • ToTellUTheTruth on October 15, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    Nice. Thank you Sachin. Nice way to say good bye to all your fans across the country. Playing you last domestic game in Lahli? Wow. That is simply amazing. You are almost touching all corners of India in the past few months to say your good byes to your fans all over the country. Thank you sir for giving us one last chance to see you walk to the crease. I am sure the whole of Haryana will turn up for the match. Infact, I would not be surprised if the whole WI series is sold off on all days.

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 15, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    If anybody wants to see humility and sincerity in action, then this is it. I hope some of those haters eat their words. We all know those people don't think with their brains. Anyway, this game will be broadcast LIVE across television. The BCCI has been showing live Ranji Trophy games and other domestic tournaments to encourage people to get familiar with teams and players who would make the next move to international cricket. Sachin is going to grace the Mumbai team one last time with his presence. This would be such an honour for the youngsters within the Mumbai squad as well as the opponents (Haryana). This is why Sachin is so great. He never thinks highly of himself and has always played his cricket in the right way. I hope he belts some big runs for Mumbai.

  • on October 16, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    When was the last time a Ranji match had a full house - even at small grounds with bare minimum capacity? If ever there is going to be one, this is it.

  • on October 16, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    Hail the master one last time..my reason for watching cricket always..i watch the tests entire day wen he is playing but not the ODIS any longer..in all possibilities his last series will be it wen i religiously follow cricket matches..:(:( I respect him more as a person than as a cricketer..with the entire world at his feet still he is so humble..end of a legacy..!!Please make me smile by going on a high..

  • on October 16, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    Sachin factor has made even the least followed ranji ties interesting!!! I will watch him bat even in a exhibition match!! That is the influence he has made in my life! Hail the master!!!!

  • VinuKorattyPadnijareModi on October 16, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    I remember he saying some years back that he would love to play domestic games once Internationals are over. I think this interview was in Sports Star. In the same breadth, he said about the security people will be happy to run around him to nook and corner of India. I think he still is on Z category security..