<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Sachin Tendulkar hails 'champion' Mumbai Ranji side" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130128192647.jpg" title="Sachin Tendulkar hails 'champion' Mumbai Ranji side" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Sachin Tendulkar praised his Mumbai teammates for sticking together when the going was tough © PTI</p> </div> <strong>Mumbai: Jan 28, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Calling Mumbai a "champion" side, <a href="/tags/Sachin-Tendulkar/post" target="_blank">Sachin Tendulkar</a> today attributed their <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Mumbai-clinch-40th-Ranji-Trophy-title-with-a-crushing-win-over-Saurashtra/22489" target="_blank">40th Ranji Trophy triumph</a> to "team work", and lavished praise on skipper Ajit Agarkar for leading them from the front.<br /> <br /> "We won for the 40th time. Mumbai has again showed that it is a champion side. We have a good team, nice blend of youngsters and senior players," Tendulkar said after their innings and 125-run win.<br /> <br /> "It is a wonderful moment for <a href="/tags/Mumbai/post" target="_blank">Mumbai</a> cricket, not just for the players but also for the administrative side. It's been a team work and I take this opportunity to congratulate every one and hope it continues," said Tendulkar, who has been part of five Ranji triumphs out of six appearances.<br /> <br /> The 39-year-old veteran, who has retired from One-Day Internationals, praised his Mumbai teammates for sticking together when the going was tough.<br /> <br /> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ydTqdd39S7M?feature=oembed" width="628"></iframe><br /> <br /> "There were moments when the going was tough, but that is when the team stuck together and performed brilliantly. I feel very happy, especially for <a href="/tags/Ajit-Agarkar/post" target="_blank">Ajit Agarkar</a>, who had a rough season last year. It was really difficult for him," he said, referring to the wiry pacer's omission from the playing eleven before a match the previous season, which made him return home in a huff.<br /> <br /> "But this season he led from the front and led beautifully. He performed when it mattered. The team supported him right through along with the support staff," he added.<br /> <br /> The only final when Tendulkar was a member of the team and Mumbai lost was in his maiden season way back in 1990-91, when they lost to Haryana by two runs in a memorable contest.