Tendulkar expects good innings from Ganguly as BCCI boss

Sachin Tendulkar will lead the Indian team in the Road Safety World Series — which begins on February 2 next year — and he is excited to play again.

Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar at the Road Safety World Series launch in Mumbai on Thursday.   -  Emmanual Yogini

 

Former India captain Sachin Tendulkar believes that his old friend Sourav Ganguly will continue to 'serve the nation' with passion as he gears up to take charge as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

"The way he has played his cricket and the way he has gone put and served the nation, I am sure he will continue to serve the nation in the same capacity and with the same passion...," Tendulkar said on the sidelines of the Road Safety World Series.

Asked whether this will encourage other cricketers to take up administration, Tendulkar said: "It's up to the individual..."

The 46-year-old will be leading the Indian team in the Road Safety World Series — which begins on February 2 next year — and he is excited to play again.

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“I will practice and all these cricketers are geared up and we shot a film yesterday, so everyone is charged up and it is a good feeling to be back on the field again after a long time," Tendulkar said.

"Whenever you walk on the field the feeling is different. Something that we will look to relive our rivalries on the field and as you must have picked we are good friends off the field — we might be pushing each other on field and competing really hard but off the field we are good friends and that is what matters…"

This will be Tendulkar's third-time return to playing cricket since his retirement in 2013. He played for the MCC against Rest of the World XI at Lord's in 2014 and also featured in three exhibition T20s in the US in 2015.

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And Tendulkar is once again gearing up for the 'Saachin, Saachin' chants from the stands. "I had said that (Sachin-Sachin chant) would reverberate as long as I breathe, so here is another opportunity for me to experience that again, though during IPL and all that they (fans) have been kind enough to acknowledge and appreciate whenever I have walked on field, they have shown their affection... and that is what I have prayed that this love and affection should continue as long as I breathe…"