Calcutta: Haryana’s Mohit Sharma is elated at taking Sachin Tendulkar’s wicket during the Ranji Trophy match against Mumbai, being played in Lahli.
However, it was not a fluke that the 25-year-old castled the great man. If Mohit is to believed, he had a definite plan to counter Sachin.
“I was not thinking that this was his last (Ranji) match… I just concentrated on bowling wicket-to-wicket as the plan was to make him play, look to hit the seam. That way, it’s not easy for a new batsman on this wicket,” Mohit, who plays for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, said after the first day’s play at the Chaudhary Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium.
While Sachin disappointed fans as he fell for just five, Mohit had a busy day as before taking two Mumbai wickets, he had also top scored with 49 in his side’s low scoring innings of 134.
“It feels great... I am very happy. It was a great opportunity for me in my life as one rarely gets to dismiss Sachinbhai,” he said.
Asked what was the advice from the dressing room, he said: “We were told that ‘don’t look at who is batting, just focus on your strengths... On what we have been doing for 8-10 years’.”