Tendulkar to give pep talk to Mumbai players

Published: Tuesday, September 28, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Sachin Tendulkar has promised to give a pep talk to his Mumbai teammates tomorrow ahead of their three-day clash against the visiting Australian cricket team commencing on September 30.

"I have requested Sachin to come and have a word with our boys and he's promised to come and meet them tomorrow," Mumbai team coach Chandrakant Pandit told reporters after a practice session at the Brabourne Stadium here today.

Tendulkar, who smashed the Australian attack to all parts of the same ground to notch his maiden first class double hundred in the tour opener when Mark Taylor's squad visitedIndia in 1997-98, is not playing the match because of tennis elbow.

Pandit said the entire team was looking forward to Tendulkar's visit and the match and said the Ranji champions, who lost by a heavy margin in its season-opening Irani Cup clash at Mohali against the Rest of India, would put their best foot forward against the Aussies.

"We did not play well in Mohali. It was our first match after a big gap. Our batting failed, but I am sure we will do better and give the Australians a tough fight. I have also some tricks up my sleeve, some surprises," the former India wicket keeper said.

Mumbai captain Sairaj Bahutule described the match as a big bonus for his players and said it provided an extra opportunity for his team members to make a mark against a topnational team like Australia.

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