Haryana v Mumbai, Ranji Trophy, Group A, 1st day

Mumbai ahead, but Tendulkar fails

ESPNcricinfo staff

October 27, 2013

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Mumbai 100 for 4 (Rahane 44*) trail Haryana 134 (Mohit 49, Nayar 4-38) by 34 runs

Sachin Tendulkar walks out at the Eden Gardens, India v England, 3rd Test, Kolkata, 1st day, December 5, 2012
File photo: The crowds came for Sachin Tendulkar, but his short stay at the crease proved rather anti-climatic © BCCI

Haryana had begun their previous season with totals of 55 and 66, and cricket fans around the country were wishing for something similar after Mumbai chose to field in Lahli. The Sachin Tendulkar retirement juggernaut had turned what would have been another anonymous first-class match, into the most anticipated Ranji game in decades.

The massive Sunday crowd were thrilled as the home side were shot out for 134, but were disappointed when Tendulkar lasted just seven deliveries, with most of the fans heading home once he was dismissed, a scene not too dissimilar from that of the 1990s when India's fate hinged on his wicket.

They didn't stick around to see two of Mumbai's most dependable batsmen, Abhishek Nayar and Ajinkya Rahane, ensure the team didn't lose the initiative provided by the bowlers on a greenish Lahli track. It wasn't the easiest of surfaces to bat on, and Mohit Sharma in particular posed plenty of problems.

The 56-run stand between Rahane and Nayar stabilised Mumbai after the quick losses of Tendulkar and Wasim Jaffer, and the amount of runs didn't highlight the importance of the partnership in what is shaping as a low-scoring encounter.

Nayar was dismissed shortly before close for 24, ending a day in which he had once again contributed with bat and ball. In the morning, he nipped out four lower middle-order wickets with his steady medium-pace as Haryana tumbled towards yet another sub-100 total. Before Nayar, the quicker bowlers had shared the spoils to run through Haryana's fragile top order.

In any other match, the return of Ajay Jadeja from an almost seven-year first-class hibernation would have dominated headlines. Here, it was a sidelight to the Tendulkar show. Jadeja didn't fare too much better than Tendulkar, falling for just 14.

From 71 for 8, it took some swinging from Mohit to help Haryana past 100, and he fell short of a deserved maiden half-century by one run when he was trapped lbw by left-arm spinner Vishal Dabholkar. He was outstanding with the ball as well, but couldn't prevent Mumbai from ending the day in a strong position.

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Posted by Iceman29 on (October 28, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

So the well deserved Zaheer is playing in Domestic and the utter nonsense bowler Ishant is playing for Indian team...what a joke...what else Zaheer needs to prove?

Posted by android_user on (October 28, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

zaheer looks sharp since his return selectors plz take note !

Posted by team_india_no1 on (October 28, 2013, 10:34 GMT)

Excellent article. Very mature comments.

Posted by   on (October 28, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

go sachin go dont listen to any one

Posted by   on (October 28, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

5 wickets for him in the first innings. Not an ordinary first innings or match. Remember, this is the 'farewell from Ranji to Tendulkar' match. This Jogi dude does know a thing or two about when to perform!!!!!

By The Way - Going by the promotion of this match by the visual media, has the Government made it a legal offense not to watch this match? Just asking.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (October 28, 2013, 6:47 GMT)

yes ur right joginder is most better,clasicc and super player then moith in odi and t20 formate

Posted by   on (October 28, 2013, 5:36 GMT)

The build-up to the 2 tests is getting comical, especially as the touring party happens to be an infamously erratic outfit. Ponting at least was facing the best professional side; it's another matter he turned out to be a fiasco. But then the build-up was hardly sensational (perhaps typical of his country) even though he was not behind anybody in terms of international, or for that matter national either, appeal or significance. One worry is that the curators and the umpires could be under too much pressure. Worse, DRS is missing. Stuff like IPL awaiting a genuine enthusiast; more show, less sport?

Posted by   on (October 28, 2013, 5:26 GMT)

The other Sharma ( Ishant) should now make way for this new Sharma ( Mohit).

Posted by jimbond on (October 28, 2013, 4:51 GMT)

The way it it appears- Joginder Sharma is better than Mohit Sharma! In fact I always thought of Joginder Sharma as a good option in T20s and in the 50 overs stuff for India and is especially difficult to hit in the slog overs. He had lost out earlier due to his accident (and also because Praveen Kumar had in a way taken over from him). But now he appears to be fully recovered, and should be considered for the Indian team.

Posted by   on (October 28, 2013, 3:55 GMT)

The renowned off spinner Harbhajan Singh took 6/54. The media should also take a note of it and laud the performance to motivate the turbunator.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (October 28, 2013, 3:47 GMT)

So getting cleaned up in domestics too? Well, let's be done with the WI tour and his retirement so that we can watch some real cricket and not just soap operas.

Posted by   on (October 28, 2013, 0:39 GMT)

@Er Anukul Bansal on (October 27, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

If he can not focus (with too many things going on in his head), he should not play. So many youngsters are waiting for a chance even at the Ranji level.

How much I wish, he had retired , the day India won the World cup!

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

totaaly agrred but you should understand his mindset there are plenty of things going in his mind

Posted by Night-Watchman on (October 27, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

Another blink and miss appearance by SRT. Donot recall a dismissal of this nature before for him, bowled off a rebound from elbow!!!

Posted by Prince91 on (October 27, 2013, 16:30 GMT)

If form needs to be considered for the upcoming tests against WI, then Sachin doesn't deserve to be selected in the squad, leave alone playing XI. Reputation will the only reason he would be selected for the tour.

It wouldn't make any difference since the tour was proposed just to see him retire.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 16:22 GMT)

This Guy Mohit Sharma has started make headlines..He should be in Indian team soon!! and hopefully be the answer to India's Bowling Woes!!!!

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