Sachin Tendulkar — the batsman with the most runs in international cricket across formats — turned up to play domestic cricket for Mumbai way back in 2008, but did not have the best outing as he was dismissed for a duck in the first innings. It was Tendulkar’s only duck in his Ranji Trophy career.
Mumbai, playing Uttar Pradesh in the finals of the 2008/09 Ranji Trophy finals, were bolstered by the presence of Tendulkar, who took time out from his busy international schedule to turn out for his side.
However, he did not have the best outing as he was sent back for a duck in the first innings — his first and last duck in Ranji cricket — by a young Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was yet to make his Team India debut.
Walking in to bat with the scorecard reading 42-2, Tendulkar was done by a brilliant in-swinging delivery from Bhuvneshwar that saw him walk back to the pavilion. His 15-ball stay at the crease fetched no runs, as Mumbai fell to 55-4 with his wicket. However, a fine 141 from Rohit Sharma along with a 99 from Abhishek Nayar rescued Mumbai, as they piled on 402 in the innings.
Years later, Bhuvneshwar spoke of the dismissal in a YouTube chat with Jemimah Rodrigues and Smriti Mandhana, where he credited his Uttar Pradesh skipper Mohammad Kaif for the wicket.
He said: “When it comes to Sachin’s wicket, then I would say I was lucky because the position where Sachin got out was neither short-leg nor mid-wicket, so the credit goes to Mohammad Kaif who was my captain at that time.
“He set the field, and I just bowled an inswinger, and eventually, it happened.”
Tendulkar managed to score four in the second innings. Mumbai eventually clinched the final as they won the game by 243 runs.
Watch Tendulkar getting dismissed for his only duck in Ranji Trophy here:
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