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‘Little Master’ Sachin Tendulkar next up for Yorkshire
Yorkshire’s bowling attack are gunning for the prized scalp of Sachin Tendulkar as they look to get their Champions League t20 group campaign back on track with a win against Mumbai Indians in Cape Town tomorrow (4.30pm UK).
Tendulkar is the star of a strong Mumbai line-up and it will be a landmark moment in the career of whoever picks up his wicket.
Director of professional cricket Martyn Moxon, who played with Tendulkar during his time as Yorkshire’s overseas player in 1992, said: “It’s going to be a fantastic experience for the lads and they all want to get him out. Whoever does will be a very proud man.”
The Little Master, as Tendulkar is widely known, was only 19 when he made his White Rose bow, scoring seven in a Benson & Hedges Cup match against Kent at Headingley.
He went on to score 1,671 runs from 35 matches in all competitions, including two hundreds.
Tendulkar had made his Test debut as a 16-year-old and it was already clear he was something special according to Moxon.
“From the outset you could see that he was a player of immense quality,” said Moxon, who was invited to Tendulkar’s wedding in Mumbai along with the rest of the Yorkshire squad. Only Phil Carrick made the trip.
“Some of the innings he played were outstanding and he was just a very humble, well spoken, well mannered young man. He was a pleasure to have around.”
After yesterday’s heavy loss to Sydney Sixers, Yorkshire cannot afford to lose again tomorrow in order to realistically keep alive their semi-final hopes.
Mumbai also have Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Lasith Malinga, Richard Levi, Dwayne Smith and Kieron Pollard in their squad.