Mumbai : Sachin Tendulkar smashed his way to a 79th First-class century while playing for Mumbai against the Railways in the Ranji Trophy 2012. Following months of struggle and questions over his form, this hundred would certainly be a huge confidence booster and his fans would breathe a huge sigh of relief. Despite having almost all the batting records to his name, Tendulkar still has the fire to play the game and bring laurels to the country. The very fact that he turned up for Mumbai ahead of the big Test series against England speaks volumes of burning desire to succeed even after 23 years of grind at the top.
Mumbai coach Sulakshan Kulkarni was upbeat about the team's chances with the presence of Tendulkar and Zaheer..
"The preparation has been excellent. We have had a good three days session from Monday to Wednesday; so today we said we will have one light session.
"It is a good sign for Mumbai cricket (about them) turning out for Ranji. Sachin is probably playing after about three years. It is good sign for the team and hope that definitely the boys will learn a lot of things," he said.
The former Mumbai stumper said Tendulkar was practicing hard since Mumbai Indians had returned after the end of their campaign in CLT20 in South Africa.
"He comes around 8:00 am. He does his own fitness training and then joins the team. The way he is playing in the nets, he is very serious. He was batting everyday for 45 minutes to 1 hour non stop and he is shaping well. His feet movement was very good," said Kulkarni. .
"I don't remember any other player, barring perhaps Rahul Dravid, who has been practicing for one hour. It is an achievement, to play five bowlers at a stretch for one hour and face 300 balls.
"It is very difficult to concentrate like that very hard. That shows his commitment level, his concentration his focus right focus is there," he added.