Tendulkar, who was part of the winning Mumbai Ranji Trophy team, will yet again turn up for his home side as he prepares for the four-match Test series against Australia starting on February 22 in Chennai. Mumbai won a record 40th Ranji Trophy title by crushing Saurashtra in the final at Wankhede Stadium.
The Master Blaster will be making his first Irani Cup appearance in 10 years. The last time he played was in 2003 when he captained Mumbai at Chennai's MA Chidambaram Stadium against a star-studded Rest of India team led by Sourav Ganguly. Sachin had scored 94 and 50 in 2003.
In that game, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and Anil Kumble played for Rest of India. Mumbai lost a thrilling encounter by three wickets with Dravid scoring a hundred and Laxman falling for 99 in the second innings.
Since retiring from One Day Internationals in December, 2012, Tendulkar has been playing Ranji Trophy games for Mumbai. He played four matches for Mumbai this season including quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.
He was named in the Irani Cup squad on Wednesday (January 30). Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane are also part of the squad.
Usually, Irani Cup has been the season opener for India's domestic season. However, from this year, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to push the tie to the end of the season.