Lahli: Mumbai needed only 39 runs for victory and none expected the match to go beyond a couple of hours. Yet when Sachin Tendulkar walked out of the dressing room to resume the Mumbai innings for the last time in his career on the fourth day of the Ranji Trophy match against Haryana, more than 5,000 fans were waiting at the Bansi Lal Stadium.
Unbeaten on 55 overnight on a treacherous track, Sachin did not allow his fine effort go waste in his farewell Ranji Trophy innings and remained unbeaten on 79. The Haryana pacers bowled tried to rattle him with pace and short pitched stuff after taking the new ball in the morning, but failed to remove Tendulkar. Along with Dhawal Kulkarni (16 not out), Sachin ensured a four-wicket win for his team.
“Our game plan was to get the wicket of Tendulkar. We couldn’t do it,” lamented Haryana skipper Ajay Jadeja. “I call him the master… you people call him the God. Can anyone beat the God? He single-handedly won the match for Mumbai,” added Sachin’s former India teammate.
Tendulkar’s glorious domestic career finally came to an end at 11.55 am, one hour 40 minutes after the start of the play on Wednesday. He was at the non-striker’s end when Kulkarni hit a four past bowler Mohit Sharma to help Mumbai reach the target. Sachin watched the ball cross the rope, quickly came to the striker’s end and raised his arms in triumph.