Ranji Trophy 2012-13

Tendulkar opts out of Mumbai's crucial Ranji tie

Amol Karhadkar

December 26, 2012

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Sachin Tendulkar, Ajit Agarkar and Zaheer Khan have a discussion, Mumbai v Railways, Group A, Ranji Trophy, Mumbai, 2nd day, November 3, 2012
Sachin Tendulkar will be available if Mumbai progress to the knock-outs © Fotocorp
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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

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Posted by   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.

Posted by xylo 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.

Posted by riverbaby11 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...

Posted by 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?

Posted by CricketChat 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.

Posted by ProdigyA 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.

Posted by Princepurple1979 on (December 28, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

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

Posted by tusharkardile 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.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (December 27, 2012, 21:51 GMT)

Sachin is in north India vacationing and he made the right decision not to play this game in hurry and would hamper his performance on top of his bad form.

Posted by balajeev on (December 27, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

I feel for Iqbal Abdullah. Do the selectors think that making an example out of him will lead to better catching? It will only make youngsters more nervous when fielding.

Posted by venbas on (December 27, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

There is nothing wrong with Tendulkar taking a break or vacation like any other person. However it will be interesting to see if Sachin will show similar sentiments towards IPL or continue playing ALL the matches in IPL for next 5-6 years

Posted by   on (December 27, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

By not playing for Mumbai Ranji matches Sachin is doing more harm to his form than good..He could have utilized this matches to remain in some nick before Australia team comes..Maybe be a situation will come that He may hang his boots before Australia Test matches come up..If he does so it will be very bad for the fans who are waiting to give him a grand farewell...A great player & a Legend too he is....But he has mistimed his stroke of ANNOUNCING his retirement from ODIs...LETS ONLY HOPE HE DOESNT ANNOUNCE HIS RETIREMENT FROM HIS DRAWING ROOM RATHER THAN FROM CRICKET STADIUM....that will be unbecoming of great player....Imagine!!! no clapping of Hands, No handshakes by opposition players...No standing ovation while entering & exiting from the playing arena...Thats a Once in a life Scenario in Life of a Player....It happens only Once...

Posted by jimbond on (December 27, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

@satish619chandar: At the moment, Mumbai seems to be having a surplus of left arm spinners, so Iqbal Abdulla was dispensable (Harmeet Singh is not even getting a game). Over the past 20 odd years, Sachin's body has taken a lot of punishment. He should be allowed to pick and choose, because he knows well what is the amount of optimum stress his body needs to be match fit, for the few tests that he will be playing the coming year. Mumbai has been very lack-lustre this year, there is no harm in trying out new players. I also hope they change the management at the Mumbai Ranji team. Its too unimaginative.

Posted by balajit on (December 27, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

If he wants to play test matches then it is ideal for him to play ranji trophy & be match fit , now that he has decided to hang his boots from ODI. Never know Mumbai might not make it to the knock outs.

Difficult decision considering the emotional moment of retiring from ODI's however if he as to go out on a bang from Test matches he should have used this chance.

Other illogical decision is to drop Iqbal Abdul from the match cause he dropped a catch by sandeep patil! This is a Joke! bordering on non sense. In that case the same players whom he selected for India kept dropping catches in the test matches recently . Should not they be dropped? maybe different yardstick for different players?

Posted by   on (December 27, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

Its unfair that Sachin has chosen to play selected games. You are either in or out. You were a great player but being selective dampens the team spirit. He was doing the same with ODI since last few years.Sachin loses the momentum whenever he has opted out... be it FC or ODI games. After all.. there are hardly any practice matches for international games and opting out does not do u any good. You got to keep the momentum.

Posted by PMKKR on (December 27, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

He has done a correct justice as at present he is not in a good form

Posted by cric_kumar on (December 27, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

whatever Sachin does is wrong for some great cricket pundits and patriotic selfless men like us so that we can sit leisurely in front of our computer and comment over a guy like Sachin who has achieved nothing compared to us great people of our country..... common guys we as Indians must change our attitude of abusing the Greats when they slip or fall in their in their path or career even Pakistani people love Sachin for his behavior and skills we behave like this shame on us thankless Indians.

Posted by aniket1982 on (December 27, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

ENOUGH!!! Does anyone remember when Tendulkar made 233 not out against Tamil Nadu in the company of tailenders? Why does not anyone remember this innings of his, huh? Does anyone remember his 122 not out in company of Sairaj Bhautale in a 1994-95 Ranji match which secured India's vital first innings against a strong Delhi attack?

Stop pointing fingers at Sachin for the heck of it! Leave him alone! You people are not even fit to play for your schools, forget Ranji!

Its a shame that you people call yourselves followers of cricket, when you dont even know the 'c' of it!

Posted by satish619chandar on (December 27, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

Let it be his decision. We all wanted him to leave the place to a younger batsman but we pressurize him to play in domestic game reprieving another chance to a youngster. If he wishes, he can play. he is in such a position. Though i would have preferred him to play still, it is not going to make much difference to his game. Iqbal Abdulla is one of the best spinner in the country if not the best(next to Ojha of course). Dropping for one catch is as absurd as anything. Had Jaffer, Agarkar or Zaheer dropped that catch?

Posted by Bruisers on (December 27, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

Mumbai v Gujarat, Saurashtra v M.Pradesh.. Both home teams are desperate for an outright win and hence we will get to see good sportive tracks. Expect Mumbai and M.Pradesh to progress along with Punjab from Group A.. Well, you never know.

Posted by Vivek.Bhandari on (December 27, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

It's no big news that Sachin has made himself unavailable for a Ranji match. It remains to be seen if Mumbai can make it to the knockouts, after all. What caught my eyes is the fact that Sandeep Patil is the chief selector for both BCCI and for Mumbai Ranji team. Conflict of interests, may be?

Posted by SamRoy on (December 27, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

@Ankur Jain I agree with you completely. I think as a parting gift to Sachin, BCCI can organise a 5 match test series with Bangladesh so that it increases Sachin's no. of test centuries and career average!

Posted by harshalb on (December 27, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

4. In 1976 in Kolkata, the Mumbai team collapsed from 161 for 1 to 256 for 8 and required a further 74 runs to overcome Bengal. That night all the players assembled in the overnight batsman Sharad Hazare's room to motivate him. Though he was hit on the face on the first day while keeping wicket and was spitting blood whole day, he kept wickets manfully. For three days he was on liquid diet as he just couldn't ingest food. Next day in the company of Rakesh Tandon, Hazare got those vital runs and with whatever strength he had, he shouted "Mumbai is Mumbai '.

5. On January 28, 2003, Mumbai needed 127 to beat Himachal Pradesh in a Ranji Trophy match when Wasim Jaffer received news that his mother Zulekha had died. Jaffer was shattered and unsure of whether to play on the final day. Chandrakant Pandit, then coach of the Mumbai team who had suffered a similar fate, spoke to Jaffer of his experience to which Jaffer replied, "I'll do it for my team". He scored 47 off 51 balls as Mumbai won w

Posted by harshalb on (December 27, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

1. 1968-69 Ranji final between Mumbai and Bengal, Eknath Solkar suffered a family tragedy but fought on for his Mumbai. He was overnight on six and Mumbai needed 67 to take the vital first-innings lead with tailenders to follow. Solkar performed the last rites of his father and rushed to the Brabourne stadium from the crematorium with moist eyes to score the runs that helped Mumbai win. 2. In 1961 Adhikari, an opener, rushed to the Brabourne stadium to play a Ranji match after getting married at 9.03 in the morning - and after scoring a century, he returned for the reception party in the evening. 3. Baroda in 1972. On a chilly morning, the ball swung prodigiously on the Moti Bagh Palace ground in Baroda and Mumbai were shot out for 129. Vijay Manjrekar ordered the caterers not to serve the lunch to the Mumbai team. They fought back gallantly and Baroda were bowled out for 42!

Posted by   on (December 27, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

Our so called selfless Hero... He has been always been a Great batsman but never selfless. He has been worried about his records, sometimes at the cost of team victory. Well... a Ranji match won't add to his records will it. So why should he play. Lets organize a test series against Bangladesh and help him make records...

Posted by harshalb on (December 27, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

Sacin has not contributed much to Mumbai cricket throughout his career, whether by sharing his experience by playing for the team or by encouraging the Mumbai players to rise to the national level. In fact he even ignore the Mumbai players when selecting Mumbai Indians and then the same players like Rahane shined for some other teams. Anyway Mumbai cricket has not depended on one person in history, the success of Mumbai has less to do with stars and more with heart and spirit. Mumbai will qualify for the knockout no doubt whether Sacin plays or not. What will not be fair is if Sacin comes back to play the knockouts and disturbs the balance of the team.

Posted by armchair_critic on (December 27, 2012, 2:11 GMT)

why doesnt love of the game involve playing domestic cricket? What are the odds that he would have been available if there was an IPL/T20?

Posted by   on (December 27, 2012, 2:01 GMT)

happy to see master playing ranji's hope that will implies to other international players as well

Posted by nickydude on (December 26, 2012, 22:46 GMT)

Dear Mumbai Selectors, stop this drama of dropping a player after dropping a catch, which is unfortunate. Wht bout the skipper & co. who, in the last match against Saurashtra, after having a massive lead of 300, did not enforce the follow on & then crawled to 169, Why not did you try for a outright win, you cud've been in knockout by know. Im sure, this is not co-incidence, MP trying to get all out, instead of a draw, to keep Mumbaii in hunt, surely, something fishy?.. ;)

Posted by cric_follower on (December 26, 2012, 20:40 GMT)

Nobody is above the game. He is poor form, not playing one days but wants a break when Mumbai is playing a crucial next game. I don't understand why anybody would deserve this special status.

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

Dear here2rock If he is not above the game he is definitely above all the other players in the world... you have proved nothing to speak about such a person of his caliber & status. Plz try to respect if not at least don't give such a nonsense command...

Posted by here2rock on (December 26, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

Why can he chose to play or not? Is he above the game?

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

Good he has opted out of it or else if he had played,there is no dearth of people who would have commented that he's blocking the place of a promising youngster in the Mumbai Ranji Team :p

Posted by SherjilIslam on (December 26, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

Let the ODI retirement soaked into him completely....I am sure he will be back with a bang one last time.

Posted by Cricketfan101 on (December 26, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

bit harsh getting dropped for dropping one catch

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

Leave him alone for sometime, he needs rest .....

Posted by CaliforniaMysterySpinner on (December 26, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

Where is Hamreet Singh?

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