Abhishek Nayar hopes help from likes of Tendulkar in leading Mumbai

Abhishek Nayar

The fact that Dhawal (Kulkarni) has been bowling exceptionally well and we have been batting pretty well. Obviously Ajinkya and Rohit coming back into the side, hopefully we have a strong enough side to beat Rest of India this time around," said Nayar.

His counterpart Virender Sehwag declined to talk to the waiting mediapersons, but his team-mate Harbhajan Singh said that Mumbai would have the advantage of playing at home.

"...In terms of playing cricket, we are equal but Mumbai has the advantage of playing at home. Of course they have a big advantage of having Tendulkar in their side," Harbhajan said.

"We have good players. Viru (Sehwag) is leading the team. Besides we have Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Murali Vijay. They are all one step away from representing India. It is a great opportunity. This is a comeback game for all of us. Everyone will try to do well.

"Hopefully they do well and get back into the Indian side. (Suresh) Raina of course batted well in the ODI series (against England), it is a great opportunity for him to score some big runs here and play Test cricket," the senior office said.

Asked about the Wankhede wicket, he said, "It is a true wicket, if you bat for a couple of days, it will seam around, move around. Good carry from the wicket and good for the fast bowlers in the first couple of days. If you do get in as a batsman, you get to score a lot of runs.

"As a spinner you are always there in the game in this wicket. You need to be consistent with your line and length. Here and there, you can go for plenty. It is a challenging wicket. I hope the wicket behaves the same way. This is the best wicket in India to play cricket."

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