Ideal if we can win CLT20 for Tendulkar, says Kumble

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Published: Saturday, September 14, 2013, 14:55 [IST]
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Ideal if we win CLT20 for Sachin: Kumble

Bangalore, Sep 14: Sachin Tendulkar will be playing his final Twenty20 tournament for Mumbai Indians when he participates in the Champions League 2013 this month. And team's mentor and his boys want to give the Master Blaster a "fitting send-off" by winning the trophy.


During this year's IPL that ended in Mumbai Indians (MI) winning the trophy, Tendulkar announced his retirement from T20s and IPL. However, he will feature in CLT20.

When Kumble was asked about his association with Tendulkar and CLT20 being his last tournament with Mumbai franchise, he said it would be ideal if they won the trophy.

"He (Sachin Tendulkar) has been synonymous with Mumbai Indians right from the start of IPL. I have played a lot of cricket with him. It would be ideal for the boys to give him a fitting send-off," Kumble told the MI's official website on Saturday.

"He has been a great contributor for Mumbai Indians all those years. Although he couldn't play in the last four-five games in the IPL 2013, but his contribution to the overall cause of the team has always been very important," he added.

Kumble said it was important for the boys to keep the emotions in check during the tournament as this would be the last time the team members would be playing together. Next year, there will be a fresh auction for IPL 7.

"I think the boys understand this. Emotions can't be brought into a game. It won't help a players' performance. Emotions would obviously be there, but they have to be kept in check. We don't know what's going to happen in the next IPL.

"The rules of the auctions are not yet announced so it would be difficult to comment on it. But these emotions have to be kept in check. Every player understands that," he explained.

"I want them to go out there and enjoy the tournament. Take it as an extension of IPL, and not as a fresh tournament. We can give a fitting tribute to our fans who have been great. They have supported us so well. Secondly, we are already in Ahmedabad for our camp and there is already quite a buzz in the city about Mumbai Indians coming here for the first time. I am really looking forward to a brilliant show from the boys, and hopefully we can go all the way."


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