Ready for his final appearance for Mumbai Indians, Sachin Tendulkar will be the centre of attaraction at this years Champions League Twenty20 that begins in Jaipur on September 21 and MI coach John Wright expressed confidence that Tendulkar is shaping up well to leave his mark on the tournament.
The franchise held a four-day camp for its team in Ahmedabad, where Wright observed a "keen and fresh" Tendulkar raring to go. "We have been in Ahmedabad for a four-day camp and it was a pleasure for all of us to work with him. I am pleased to report that he is batting well and he is keen and fresh." Wright said.
"The boys love playing with Sachin; he is big part of our franchise and it will be great to see him at the wicket again. The thing about Sachin, I think, is he has kept it very simple. He knows his game inside out and he works hard on his preparation that has never changed."
Wright and Tendulkar share a strong bond ever since the New Zealander was in charge of the Indian team in the early 2000s, and Wright feels Tendulkar hasn't changed in the way he approaches a game. "Sachin has never changed in the way that he approaches the game," he said. "He loves the game. He knows about himself and how he plays, and he prepares accordingly."
Speaking about the team's success, Wright said, "We have got a good balance and the boys enjoy each others' company. Everyone is involved right down through the owners to our team. We just feel part of it."
Mumbai will be missing the services of their star bowler Lasith Malinga, but the coach sees it as opportunity for others in the team. "We have got good depth and we see those things [Lasith Malinga's absence] as an opportunity [for others]."
MI will feature in the tournament-opeener against Rahul Dravid-led Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Saturday.