Even as politicians in Maharashtra like Raj Thackeray are increasingly using the “Marathi Manoos” card, iconic Mumbaikar Sachin Tendulkar walked a middle path and said the financial capital belonged to India.

“Mumbai belongs to India. I am a Maharashtrian and proud to be a Maharashtrian, but I am also an Indian,” said Tendulkar to a specific query at a media meet here on the eve of completing 20 years in international cricket.

Tendulkar made his international debut against Pakistan in the first Test at Karachi in 1989 and is all set to play his 160th Test against Sri Lanka at Ahmedabad, the venue of the first Test of a three-match series, on November 16.

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