"Four or five years ago Mumbai did not qualify (for the Ranji Trophy second phase). It came as a big shock. But sometimes a stumble gives an indication about how tall you stand," Tendulkar said while praising his Mumbai teammates for keeping the flag high since then.
"Mumbai cricket hit back immediately," he pointed out about the subsequent performance of the most successful team in the history of the national championship who have, once again, reached the semi-finals in the current season.
Tendulkar was speaking at the prize distribution function of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) where he was the guest of honour and gave away the prizes to top performers in Ranji Trophy and in the local Mid-Day H D Kanga League tournament.
It was touching to see the master batsman jump down from the two-foot high dais without hesitation to give away the prize for the fastest century of the 2003-04 season to his childhood friend Vinod Kambli sitting in the front row of the audience with crutches for support.
Kambli had undergone a leg operation and has been ruled out for the rest of the season, it was announced by MCA's joint secretary Prof Ratnakar Shetty.