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Ranji trophy: Sachin Tendulkar to bat at number four


Posted: Jan 05, 2013 at 1541 hrs IST

Mumbai: Mumbai skipper Ajit Agarkar today said veteran batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who recently retired from ODIs, will bat at number four in the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal clash against Baroda.

"We have got Sachin back, which is great. Someone like him showing keenness to play, it obviously helps. That experience in the dressing room will always help," Agarkar told reporters here.

Asked if Tendulkar will play at number five, the position where he played his last Ranji match against Railways and scored 137, Agarkar replied in the negative and said he would bat a bit higher up the order.

"He was sick that day, that is why he batted at five that day. Sachin will bat at four," he said.

Baroda captain Yusuf Pathan said, his side will learn a lot from the experienced batsman during the five-day match.

"We all know about his contribution for the country in the last twenty years and for domestic cricket. Nobody can stop him (from scoring). For us, it is an opportunity. I have played with him in one-day matches and against him in IPL.

"This is the first time I will play against him in Ranji Trophy. The youngsters, playing their first or second season can learn a lot from him. They can observe the way he approaches his game. Youngsters like us have a lot to learn from him," he said.

Mumbai is missing Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma, who are involved in the ODI series against Pakistan, and Agarkar said, "the match (India Pakistan) is tomorrow. Had it been today, it would have been different. On the day of the game if someone gets injured, even if they are not in the playing 11, it is not going to be possible.

"It's unfortunate that two key players, but there are other players who have done well for us throughout the season. We are quite happy with what we have at the moment."

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