January 26, 2013, 11:02 am
In December 1988, a precociously-talented 15-year old announced his arrival in Indian cricket with a century on Ranji Trophy debut. Sachin Tendulkar’s exceptional cricketing talent was the talk of the town in the Mumbai circles, but the country took notice of him when he smashed a hundred against Gujarat in his very first game. Fast forward to the present day, Tendulkar – now a veteran with all possible records to his name – is playing his sixth Ranji Trophy final on the very ground where it all began. In a sense, the legend is returning to his roots.