Ranji Trophy 2013-14 October 15, 2013

Tendulkar available for Mumbai's season opener


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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  • Dummy4 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! :)

  • stuart 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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!

  • Bhaskar 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.

  • Steve 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.

  • Android 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 ...

  • cms 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?

  • VISHAL 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..

  • Android on October 16, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    good to see