Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar was very vocal in his praise for India’s U19 World Cup winning captain Prithvi Shaw, stating that the Mumbai batsman has improved remarkably.
“I saw Prithvi Shaw play in New Zealand (in the U19 World Cup). How he has progressed is remarkable”, said Tendulkar at the opening ceremony of the inaugural T20 Mumbai League on Saturday.
The youngster was present in the audience along with members of all six teams taking part in the tournament starting Sunday (March 11) at the Wankhede Stadium.
Tendulkar, named the brand ambassador of the league, said the tournament is an ideal platform for youngsters as well as experienced players to express themselves.
“To me this tournament is the ideal platform for cricketers to express themselves. All sportsmen look for recognition and appreciation and this league will provide them the opportunity. This league is really important for Mumbai cricket”, said Tendulkar.
Along with him, the league’s Commissioner, Sunil Gavaskar, and mentor Dilip Vengsarkar were also present at the event. Former Test players Sandeep Patil and Vinod Kambli are mentors of two of the teams.
Gavaskar, T20 Mumbai League Commissioner, urged the players and teams to play fair and uphold the spirit of the game.
“There will be zero tolerance for anything that brings the game into disrepute. Its integrity should be maintained at all times”, Gavaskar said at the League’s opening ceremony.
“Play the game hard but fair. There should be no animosity between players and there should be respect for the opposition and umpires. You play to win but not at all costs,” said the legendary opener.
The inaugural edition of the League, featuring six teams will be held at the Wankhede stadium from Sunday till March 21.