Ranji Trophy 2012-13 December 26, 2012

Tendulkar opts out of Mumbai's crucial Ranji tie


Sachin Tendulkar, who announced his retirement from ODIs on Sunday, has decided to skip Mumbai's last Ranji Trophy league game but has made himself available for the knockout stages should the 39-times champions progress to the quarterfinals.

"I asked him [Sachin Tendulkar] if he was available but he said since he is on a break, he won't be able to play [the Gujarat game]. But he has made himself available for the knockouts," Mumbai Cricket Association joint secretary Nitin Dalal said.

Mumbai would have received a big boost had Tendulkar, who had scored a century in Mumbai's season-opener against Railways last month, been available for the game against second-placed Gujarat that takes place at the Dr DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai from December 29. If Ajit Agarkar's men, who garnerend six points in a tight match in Indore on Tuesday, have to progress to the knockouts, they will ideally be looking at registering their second successive victory.

Mumbai are placed third in the points table, tied on 20 points with Madhya Pradesh. They will have to at least secure a first-innings lead in order to be among the three teams that will progress to the last eight from the group. Punjab are at the top of the group with 32 points, but five teams are in contention for the remaining two slots.

Meanwhile, the Mumbai selectors, headed by chief national selector Sandeep Patil dropped Iqbal Abdulla. The left-arm spinner had put down a regulation catch on the boundary line which almost cost Mumbai the game. Paceman Dhawal Kulkarni, who was unfit for the MP game, has replaced Abdulla in the squad.

This is the second instance this season in which the Mumbai selectors have severely punished a player for dropping a catch. Medium pacer Kshemal Waingankar, whose reprieve helped Wriddhiman Saha earn Bengal a draw at the Brabourne Stadium, was axed after the game.

The squad: Ajit Agarkar (capt), Kaustubh Pawar, Wasim Jaffer, Hiken Shah, Suryakumar Yadav, Abhishek Nayar, Aditya Tare (wk), Ankeet Chavan, Dhawal Kulkarni, Zaheer Khan, Javed Khan, Shardul Thakur, Shoaib Shaikh, Nikhil Patil (Jr), Vishal Dabholkar

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on December 29, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    The Indian People are just like the journalists. They always get some flaws. Now a 40-year Old guy is trying to be fit for those crucial games, but the people will take that as an excuse. And still if Sachin would've been playing this game then they had some words like, "Yeh buddah phir khelega". So basically Indians can't be happy with his success.. . If India loses in a match, where sachin scored 175, It's still his fault. . If India loses a match from Bangladesh for a target of 290, Sachin completing his 100th ton, he would be the key defect in him not the bowlers or the fielders. . . That's why Sachin always listens to his heart, not to anyone. . because he has to play his role, not the others... . . Sachin that's why you're so much successful not these people.. Carry on we are with you.

  • Vikram on December 29, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    Dravid was speaking so much about how things have changed from his generation to his son's generation and that was affecting the current generation. He could have done a lot to fix that, rather than get into the commentary box. Kumble does that by virtue of his administration. Laxman does that by virtue of his mentorship. Tendulkar, oh well, the less said the better.

  • Azad on December 28, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    Now everyone wants him to play ...all the chatter till last week was about why he should retire...

  • Soumik on December 28, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    How many times Mumbai won Ranji trophy without Sachin?They can win one more. There is no need to plead to him for play.I don't know why people fail to understand that he has only been playing for him and his record for last 4-5 years-not for India, not for his state.Why he played the Asia cup and kept on paying every odd ODI series after world cup? Reason-he wanted to complete 100 centuries.After that was achieved,he stopped playing ODI.What's the fuss over his ODI retirement when he was not playing ODI for almost a year?

  • Steve on December 28, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Sachin, you may retire on 194 tests!. It has more charm to it than say, 200/201 tests, more like getting out on 99 rather than exactly 100. You need not be worried. There are not that many active players with over 150 tests and young enough to last another 5/6 years that are required to come close to 200. Your no. of tests record is still very safe.

  • Shiv on December 28, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    @balajeev - relax dude. The primary reason why Iqbal was selected was because Dhawal was not fit for the match. Now that he is fit he is back.

  • Prince on December 28, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    Wonder why he never wants to rest once IPL starts!!

  • Tushar on December 28, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar could have set a very good precedent by opting to play this game, especially when this is such a crucial one for Mumbai. Sachin is supposed to be a role model, so he should set the correct examples. And its not that he is coming back from a busy T20 schedule or an important ODI series is waiting for him. It has been a few days since he played his last competitive game. If he did not want to play this game of all the games, then the only better thing he can do is to retire from Ranji, and concentrate on what he really wants to do - if he knows what that is of course.

  • Jay on December 28, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Well does this provide ANY hint to Sachin's fans ? Sachin is contemplating a retirement from test cricket following the Australia series. I think he needs some time off.

  • Dummy4 on December 28, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Sachin aint retiring before completing 200 test matches. So rest assured he is there for another 6 tests atleast. He has taken a chance to play Ranji knockouts. With Mumbai already third in the group and a decent performance will take them through to the knock outs.

    Zaheer Khan is there and already played a big role in Mumbai's win over MP.