Sachin Tendulkar in Ranji Trophy: Haryana off-spinner Yogendra Bhandari reminisces dismissing Little Master in 1990-91 season

Sachin Tendulkar was in imperious touch before being dismissed for 96 in the Ranji Trophy final of 1991 © Getty Images (File photo)

Oct 30, 2013

Former Haryana’s off-spinner, Yogendra Bhandari recounts how he dismissed Sachin Tendulkar in the Ranji Trophy final of 1990-91 season, at Wankhade Stadium.

The crackerjack Mumbai team was set a daunting target of 355 runs in the final innings of the match. Mumbai, made a good fist of the chase. The Little Maestro, Tendulkar, was in full flow with the seasoned veteran Dilip Vengsarkar at the other end.

Bhandari told Mid Day, “That was a very aggressive innings from Sachin. Suddenly Jaddu [Ajay Jadeja] came to me from the covers and advised me to bowl a flighted delivery outside off stump. Jaddu said Sachin would hit it through the covers and that’s exactly what happened.

Bhandari recollects, “He was caught in that region by Jaddu for 96 off the very next ball. He is an amazing player to watch. I always loved watching him bat against the spinners.He was playing on his own terms that day.”

He continued by saying, “He was hitting us all over the ground and reached 96 within no time. I was lucky to get him.”

Haryana won a nerve wracking match by just two runs. Chetan Sharma, the former Indian pacer kept on teasing Bhandari: “I think that was a full toss, but it changed the match because Sachin was in a destructive mood. Even in the first innings, Tendulkar was looking in imperious touch before he was trapped leg before the wicket, Bhandari told, “That was a wonderful knock as well.”

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