Mumbai’s Ranji players were busy with their practice stint ahead of crucial Ranji Trophy elite group match against Hyderabad, they were surprised when little master - Sachin Tendulkar made an appearance and spent time with each player, and the players could not have asked for more. 

Tendulkar shared his thoughts with every player of the team individually. 

Frankly speaking, I didn’t expect Tendulkar to be here, but it was great to have him around. The boys will be certainly motivated, said Mumbai captain Wasim Jaffer.  Mumbai are now hoping to see Tendulkar playing in the Ranji Trophy.  The only good thing to  have  happened from the blast is that now every state can have the services of their star players.  Let’s see if Tendulkar can join us and I will also talk to Zaheer. Things will be clear once we know whether the Test matches are happening or not,” said Jaffer.

Mumbai had struggled to save an innings defeat.Opener Ajinkya Rahane, who scored a miserable 0 and 5 in that match, a session with Tendulkar was precious. Tendulkar told me not to think too much and to just play my natural game. you have the potential to play a long innings, so just be focused and try to spend as much time possible at the wicket, Rahane said.  

Interestingly, Tendulkar makes sure to keep a track of all Mumbai players and their performances through the year. Nineteen-year-old pacer Dhawal Kulkarni was shocked when Tendulkar spelled out the figures of his last outing. “He knows everything about each player. Today when I met him he told me good show, nice to see that you are progressing day by day. Try to maintain it, you will do well again, informed Dhawal. 

“That’s why he’s a master,” adds wicket-keeper Vinayak Samant. He loves the game so much and wants to share his thoughts with everybody. He is so approachable.