New Delhi: Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday hailed Jammu and Kashmir cricket team's victory over 40-time champions Mumbai in their 2014-15 Ranji Trophy opener at the historic Wankhede Stadium.
In the same breath, Tendulkar also asked the victorious team not to get carried away from this win and instead stay focused.
"You should not get carried away. You should keep the momentum. It's a great victory and a big achievement," the 41-year-old was quoted as saying.
Tendulkar had earlier met the losing team at the stadium itself on the request of his former team-mate Pravin Amre, who is now in charge of the Mumbai team.
On Wednesday, J&K team lead by Parvez Rasool shocked the favourites Mumbai, at the latter's fortress with a session to spare, by registering a four-wicket win in the four-day match.
Interestingly, the 25-year-old skipper, having made his India debut this June, is the only notable player in the J&K line-up.
In contrast, despite the absence of Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane – who are on national duty Down Under – Mumbai are certainly one of the title contenders and have established players like Suryakumar Yadav, Wasim Jaffer, Aditya Tare, Abhishek Nayar, etc. in their ranks.
The match also marked the meeting of the two teams for the first time in the tournament's 80-year history. And the minnows have certainly broke the status quo with an inspired performance.
Tendulkar represented Mumbai team in the domestic tournament and had his essay at the uncharted Lahli in Haryana last year, making a half-century in the match. The innings served as a perfect warm-up for his final 'farewell' Test, against West Indies in Mumbai.
With agency inputs