Tendulkar tells seniors to gift prize money to Mumbai juniors

The Ranji Trophy victory in Mumbai on Monday fetched the team a solid Rs 5 crores as prize money. While the Mumbai Cricket Association paid a whopping Rs 3 crores, the BCCI shelled out Rs 2 crores. Sachin Tendulkar, the team's elder statesman, promptly suggested the entire kitty should go the junior players.

Ecstatic after Mumbai's 40th title win, Tendulkar felt the senior players should be gracious enough to gift their "share" to the junior players.

Mumbai defeated Saurashtra by an innings and 125 runs at Wankhede courtesy stellar performances from the likes of 24-year-old Dhawal Kulkarni (9 wickets) and 23-year-old Hiken Shah (55).

The Little Master, who has an eye on the upcoming Test series against Australia, thanked all for their winning effort and said: "Really happy for our team. Thankful to everybody, especially (our) association," he said.

Mumbai skipper Ajit Agarkar also played a crucial role in ripping apart the opposition in the second innings and had four wickets to show for his efforts. "Especially (happy) for Ajit Agarkar. He had a rough season last year but performed really well," said Tendulkar.


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