Haryana v Mumbai, Ranji Trophy, Group A, 1st day October 27, 2013

No misgivings over dismissing Tendulkar - Mohit


Mohit Sharma, the Haryana fast bowler, said he had no intention of letting Sachin Tendulkar ease into his stride in his farewell domestic match. Mohit breached Tendulkar's defences off the seventh ball faced by the Mumbai batsman, forcing a mass exit from the stands at Chaudhary Bansi Lal Stadium in Lahli, near Rohtak. The visitors had the upper hand though, having dismissed Haryana for 134 in an extended first session and ending the first day trailing by 34 runs, with six wickets in hand.

"Not even for a fraction of a second. It was a huge opportunity in my life as well, you don't get the chance to dismiss Sachin too many times," Mohit said. "Personally, I did not feel bad. Any wicket you take gives you happiness, especially if it is sir's wicket, you have no words to describe the moment."

Mohit said the plan was to make any new batsman play when he came in, and that is what he tried against Tendulkar. "It wasn't as if I was thinking that it was his last match. I just bowled to my strengths, thought of bowling wicket to wicket, that will be good for me. At the start, they left well and we did bowl a bit wide. It feels nice [to have taken his wicket].

"We wanted to make him play, as on this wicket it is difficult for any new batsman. Usually the old ball, with the seam raised a bit, it kicks after it pitches. That is what happened, it bounced a bit, hit his elbow and the stumps."

Haryana were aware that maintaining a disciplined length was key in luring a batsman to make mistakes on the Lalhi pitch. "If I had bowled it at the face, it would have become easier for the batsman. But if you bowled it just back of a length, it would go in the air on this wicket," Mohit said. "That is what we were trying to achieve with the short cover point, short mid-off or short leg, that if it goes in the air, we had a chance.'

Mohit denied his side had decided to try something different against Tendulkar. "It was not as if there was anything special about the day. It was just like any other day when you go to play a match. It is in every player's mind that he is going to play a match with Sachin. You come to a match having thought something specific that you are going to bowl to him, what you will do, what you will not do. We all have seen how he bats.

As captain Ajay Jadeja had mentioned, Haryana were not concentrating on the hype generated by this being Tendulkar's final appearance in Indian domestic cricket and directed their energies on their own performance. "Everyone was normal in the dressing room," Mohit said. "Even before the match we were told that do not think about who you are playing against, work on your strengths which you have been doing for the last eight to ten years. If we start looking at others' strengths, then we might end up pulling ourselves down.'

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sunil on October 28, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    Mohit and Ajay both have lost their beains and talking like big guns. Sachin got out because of extra bounce that hit his elbow while on front foot and the ball deflected to the stupms. Mohit was lucky to get wicket.

  • Bhaskar on October 28, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    Sachin will score big in his 2nd innings & win it for Bombay

  • Mukunth on October 28, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    Also why is there selective commentary of the Mumbai innings alone. This match has all the makings of a thriller. It would have been good if you could have offered commentary for the entire match.

  • kannan on October 28, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    very obvious that it is time to go, Finally !! 15 ( +2) tests too late, albeit !

  • murali on October 28, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Tendulkar has lost it can't imagine tendulkar bowled by bowlers like mohit bowling 125-130 kmph in past last 2 years have been disaster for him

  • sundeep on October 28, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    The last three posts show how much an Indian cricket fan knows about what is happening on the Indian domestic scene. No wonder, we are just a nation of watching the national team or for that matter, a few players in the Indian team.

  • James on October 28, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    I don't think Ajay Jadeja will play too many Ranji matches this year. He is just playing to make a point. After being banned, he must have tried to keep his fitness levels, and is possibly trying to test himself. That apart, he is the canniest captain that India ever had, and the youngsters in Haryana will obviously benefit from his presence.

  • Android on October 28, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    there is no doubt about tendulkar achievements . he is real hero of Indian cricket. if sachin would not be in Indian cricket team, there is no interest in cricket . our interest would be other like tennis hockey kabbaddi etc. 80% of Indian watch live cricket only because of sahin. whenever sachin leave international ground , my cricket word is over. sachin sachin

  • Dummy4 on October 28, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    Friend's Sachin's retirment is just two tests away.. so isn't it our Prime duty to support sachin and respect SACHIN the maximum for his final appearances... he has been giving us countless moments of happiness since last 24yrs...so common now its our time to support sachin and love sachin.

  • Mukunth on October 28, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Dear Cricinfo - Poor choice of headlines. The article should have forthrightly celebrated a rising star like Mohit . Why should someone put words in Mohit's mouth to say that he personally does not feel bad about dismissing Tendulkar. Every wicket is vital and you could have brought out this piece in a more positive way.

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