Sachin Tendulkar slams 80th First-Class century against Baroda in Ranji Trophy tie

Sachin Tendulkar is one century short of the Indian record for most number of First-Class centuries, held by Sunil Gavaskar (81) © Getty Images (File Picture)

Mumbai: Jan 6, 2013
 
Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar completed his 80th First-Class century playing for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final tie against Baroda.
 
Tendulkar’s unbeaten 219-run partnership with Wasim Jaffer for the third wicket helped Mumbai reach 254 for the loss of two wickets. Jaffer is unbeaten on 129 runs.
 
The century is also Tendulkar’s 18th in Ranji Trophy. The Master Blaster is one century short of the Indian record for most number of  First-Class centuries, held by Sunil Gavaskar (81).
 
Last year, Tendulkar announced his retirement from the 50-over format through a statement to the BCCI. According to media reports, the Indian board made the announcement when the selectors were about to meet to pick the squad for the Pakistan series.
 
Speculations were then rife for some time that Tendulkar will call it a quits following a recent slump in form.