Sachin Tendulkar's innings of 79 NOT OUT for Mumbai versus Haryana on Wednesday capped a domestic career spanning 25 years and over 25,000 first-class runs in his last appearance for his Ranji Trophy side, Tendulkar showed his trademark class as he denied the bowlers and enthralled the spectators with six boundaries, leading Mumbai to a four-wicket victory. The Master Blaster has now scored over 2200 runs in winning causes for Mumbai. (Mumbai vs Haryana, as it happened)
Walking in to a rapturous welcome at the Chaudhary Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium on Day 3, Tendulkar looked slightly tentative to begin with in his final Ranji innings. He faced Mohit Sharma -- a bowler 15 years his junior but also someone who had dismissed him on five two days earlier. The veteran batsman though managed to gradually negotiate the extra bounce with ease.
Each and every shot from the heavy blade of Tendulkar was cheered by the locals though the runs also meant that their team was being forced to the narrow lanes of defeat.