Mumbai, Oct 19: Hype surrounds Mumbai's Ranji Trophy matches, as Sachin Tendulkar has decided to make an appearance for Mumbai in the tournament, which offers him a golden opportunity to surpass Sunil Gavaskar's first-class record of 81 centuries.
Tendulkar has been leading the records table in Tests and ODIs, for the first time trails Gavaskar as far as domestic circuit is concerned as he needs four more centuries and 1383 runs to surpass Sunil Gavaskar's 81 first-class centuries and become the highest run-scorer in first class cricket in India.
Gavaskar has recorded 25,843 runs off 348 first-class matches while Sachin Tendulkar is placed second with 24,452 runs off 294 matches, including 78 centuries (includes 51 Test centuries), as Gavaskar heads the table with 81 centuries (including 34 Test centuries).
Sachin Tendulkar has played 190 Test matches and might get to play another 8 before he turns 40 next April, which suggests that the legendary batsman can pile in more runs and achieve the milestone in first-class cricket as well.
His previous first-class century came against Saurashtra in 2009 during the Ranji trophy semifinal, and the next match, 2009 Ranji trophy final against Uttar Pradesh was his last appearance in domestic matches, as he has not represented Mumbai since Jan 2009. Tendulkar is all set to play his first Ranji Trophy match in three years, against Railways which starts from Nov 2, 2012.
Now, it remains to be seen if Sachin Tendulkar can surpass Gavaskar's record in first class cricket, which is missing from Sachin's record books.