This will be Tendulkar's final Twenty20 tournament with the franchise. The Master Blaster has already announced his retirement from the Indian Premier League (IPL). He did that immediately after winning the trophy in May this year. Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai Super Kings for their maiden IPL trophy.
In 2011, Tendulkar's long wait for World Cup ended on his home ground - Wankhede Stadium. Now, he has an IPL trophy too to show. If he manages to add CLT20 to his list of sliverware, he will join few other Indian cricketers who have won both IPL and CLT20.
Mumbai Indians had won CLT20 under the leadership of Harbhajan Singh in 2011. However, regular captain Tendulkar was not part of the winning outfit as he missed the tournament due to an injury.
With this being Tendulkar's final tournament with Mumbai Indians, all players will be aiming to make it a special one for the cricketing icon. Tendulkar has started training for his final T20 bash.
Mumbai Indians are in Group A with Highveld Lions (South Africa), Perth Scorchers (Australia), Rajasthan Royals (India) and Qualifier (yet to be known).
Mumbai open campaign against Rajasthan on September 21 in Jaipur. It will be for the last time (unless they meet again in knockout stage) that Tendulkar and Dravid will come face to face in a competitive game.
Dravid too has bid adieu to IPL and CLT20 marks the end of his competitive cricket career.
Yuvraj Singh had declared during the 2011 World Cup that he was playing the tournament for a "special person". He later revealed that it was for Tendulkar.
Now, Mumbai Indians cricketers, led by Rohit Sharma, might play a "special" tournament for the legend.