'Holidaying' Tendulkar to skip Mumbai's Ranji match against Gujarat
Mumbai won't be able to call on Sachin Tendulkar's services in their last Ranji league encounter because the batting maestro is currently in Mussoorie.
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who recently retired from one-day cricket, will not be available for Mumbai's last and crucial Ranji Trophy league game against Gujarat since he's currently in Mussoorie in Uttarakhand holidaying with his family.
Sachin had headed straight for the hill station after announcing his retirement from ODIs and he's likely to bring in the New Year there.
While he won't be able to assist Mumbai in their final league stage encounter, the 39-year-old has made himself available for the knock-out stage if the team reaches the quarter-finals.
Mumbai Cricket Association joint secretary Nitin Dalal said that Tendulkar will not be able to play in the match which begins on Saturday at Dr DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai as he is now holidaying in Northern India with his family.
"I asked him (Tendulkar) if he was available but he said since he is on a break, he won't be able to play (the Gujarat game). But he has made himself available for the knockouts," Dalal said.
Mumbai are placed third in the Group A points table, tied on 20 points with Madhya Pradesh. They will be looking for a win against Gujarat or will have to at least secure a first-innings lead in order to be among the top three teams that will progress to the last eight from the group.
Punjab are at the top of the group with 32 points, but five teams are in contention for the remaining two slots.