Mumbai, Nov 2: Sachin Tendulkar scored a century playing for Mumbai against Railways on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy here at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday. Tendulkar got to his 100 off 103 balls with 14 fours and three sixes. Mumbai ended day one on a strong note, 344/4 in 90 overs. Ajinkya Rahane too scored a hundred and remained unbeaten on 105. Rahane hit 13 boundaries in his 207-ball knock.
Tendulkar raced from 74 to 100 in just seven balls as he toyed with the bowling attack. He fell for 137 off 136 balls (21 fours and three sixes). This was his 18th century for Mumbai.
Overall, Tendulkar now has 79 first-class tons. He is second behind Sunil Gavaskar in India's all-time list. Gavaskar has 81. This was Tendulkar's first first-class hundred since January 2011 when he reached the three-figure mark, a 146 against South Africa in Cape Town Test.
Tendulkar, who has been under pressure in recent times over his batting failures, silenced his critics with a fine hundred at his home ground. The Master Blaster has not only returned to form in a great way but has also sent out a clear message to rivals England ahead of the first Test which starts in Ahmedabad on November 15.
The 39-year-old right-hander had not registered a half century in his last nine innings (all formats of the game combined). But all that changed on Friday afternoon.