Mumbai: Retiring great Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai might be his last international appearance but there is every possibility that the Little Master will turn up for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy even after his farewell Test.
Though Tendulkar announced his retirement earlier this month, there is still some ambiguity about the iconic Test being his last competitive game. “It’s been a huge honour to have represented my country and played all over the world. I look forward to playing my 200th Test Match on home soil, as I call it a day,” Tendulkar had said in a written statement which he sent to the cricket board.
On Thursday, Mumbai coach Sulakshan Kulkarni said that there was no confirmation that the season opener against Haryana at Lahli from Oct 27-30, would be Tendulkar’s final domestic appearance.
“Who said it’s his last Ranji Trophy game, we don’t know. He is playing that game (in Haryana),” said Kulkarni after the practice session at the Wankhede Stadium. The MCA had also said they would be requesting Tendulkar to play the entire season so that the youngsters in the team benefit from his experience.
An MCA official said that Tendulkar is yet to convey his decision on his availability for the other Ranji matches. “We asked him if he would play for Mumbai after his final Test but there was no confirmation or denial. It is likely that he will play and help us defend our title. With Ajit Agarkar retiring too, the dressing room will be devoid of some senior players and Tendulkar’s presence would provide a big boost.”