When Tendulkar’s double century spiced up a Ranji Trophy semifinal

Nostalgia — not simply the virus — is within the air, with sporting world actually coming to a standstill. Even with out a lockdown, cricketing fraternity would have celebrated the 20th anniversary of an epic within the Ranji Trophy historical past.

On Sachin Tendulkar’s request, the semifinal between Mumbai and Tamil Nadu was postponed to let him be out there after representing Asia XI in Dhaka. And he helped Mumbai chase down a mammoth first innings whole of 485 in a nail-biting recreation on the Wankhede Stadium.

On the third day of the match — April 13 — Tendulkar scored the double century. Hemang Badani, who starred for TN, and Ajit Agarkar, who had match-figures of six for 120 and shared a very important 37-run partnership with Tendulkar in a nervy chase, recall the sport.

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Hemang Badani

It was my first Ranji semifinal. I used to be nervous however excited since enjoying Mumbai in Mumbai is at all times particular. It was a full-strength Mumbai aspect and we had a huge whole on the board after being requested to bat on a vigorous pitch.

Then on, it was all about Sachin’s magnificence. I keep in mind we had shut to 6 or seven males on the boundary line and he nonetheless discovered a solution to discover the fence usually. It was not possible to imagine we misplaced to 1 man.

It was outstanding to see his depth on the sector. I’ve by no means seen a world cricketer present such ardour for his State aspect. After the match, it was candy of him to talk with me. He spoke about my move, bat swing and requested to not change the best way I performed. It was a very robust loss for us and took a while to come back out of it. The solely silverlining for me was the best way I batted when it mattered. A month later, I made my debut for India and I’m positive this knock performed a big function in that.

File image of Sachin Tendulkar and Ajit Agarkar.   –  V.V. Krishnan

 Ajit Agarkar

Without attempting to sound cocky, the Mumbai crew felt fairly snug within the period that I performed. We did lose video games however seldom had been we nervous. So nervous most of us had been throughout that recreation that I didn’t watch the run-chase in any respect. I keep in mind Ramesh (Powar) and I had been glued to our seats contained in the dressing room and stepped out solely to applaud a milestone — majority of them had been by Sachin. I believe Amol (Muzumdar) was additionally sitting with us proper by way of, so sure, I hardly watched the nice knock.

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It was a stellar efficiency by each the perimeters. Badani scored a good hundred, Robin scored a gritty century. But the chase was actually anxious. Sachin batted virtually proper by way of the innings however regardless of Vinod (Kambli) and Amol giving him help, we at all times knew chasing down virtually 500 was going to be a problem. And he rose to it. One may sense throughout our partnership; one may sense how badly he needed it.

No marvel then that he was so pumped after crossing the road with a six. Never have I seen him so pumped-up in a home recreation throughout my profession. And it was comprehensible because it was actually a one-man present. A beautiful recreation certainly!

The match at a look

April 11 to 15, 2000

Day 1: TN 397/Four in 90 overs (Hemang Badani 162 not out, Robin Singh 142 not out)

Day 2: TN 485 all out in 121.Four overs (Robin 183 n.o., Badani 162; Ajit Agarkar 4/83, Santosh Saxena 3/91) vs Mumbai 141/Four in 57 overs (Sameer Dighe 55, Sachin Tendulkar 34 n.o.)

Day 3 (April 13): Mumbai 470/eight in 147 overs (Tendulkar 213 batting, Vinod Kambli 75, Amol Muzumdar 47)

Day 4: Mumbai 490 all out in 152 overs (Tendulkar 233 not out., Aashish Kapoor 3/93, S. Mahesh 3/105, T. Kumaran 2/88); TN 171 all out in 54.1 overs (Hemang Badani 63, S. Reuben Paul 46; Abey Kuruvilla 2/16, Ramesh Powar 2/19); Mumbai 104/1 in 27 overs (Sameer Dighe 51 not out, Jatin Paranjape 27 not out)

Day 5: Mumbai 169/2 in 44.Four overs (Dighe 73, Paranjape 55 not out, Tendulkar 13 not out)

Result: Mumbai received by eight wickets.

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