Sachin Tendulkar, one of India’s most prolific batsmen in his era, and often considered to be the God of Cricket by fans, is very optimistic about Ajinkya Rahane’s role as India’s stand-in-captain for the Zimbabwe tour.

Master Blaster is currently enjoying his vacation in Europe. However, he didn’t miss talking to the media about the recent elevation of the 27-year-old cricketer as team India’s skipper for Zimbabwe sojourn. “I feel very happy for Ajinkya. He is a sincere and hard working cricketer. I have always been impressed with his commitment and dedication. I am sure he will give his best and give us a reason to be proud of him. I wish him all the best,” Tendulkar stated to the media.

Historically, it is only the sixth time that a Mumbai born cricketer has got the opportunity to lead India at international matches. Gavaskar, Wadekar, Vengsarkar, Tendulkar and Ravi Shastri are the other fortunate Mumbaikars who led Indian squad in the past. It is almost after 15-years that a cricketer from Mumbai will lead India’s national cricket team. In 2000, it was Sachin Tendulkar (a well known Mumbaikar), who captained India at international matches.

India’s bi-lateral ODI series against the African nation will begin next week with a One-dayer in Harare. Rahane & Co. will play 2 Twenty-twenty and 3 ODI matches at this tour. A lot of senior cricketers have been rested for this series, including Dhoni, Kohli, Rohit Sharma and others. It will be a perfect opportunity for the young cricketers to prove their mettle on foreign soil.