Both were offered a place in the Mumbai Ranji team. Tendulkar grabbed the opportunity with both hands and the rest is history. (Kambli declined and took the more circuitous Under-19 route).
In the IPL age, nothing is a given and such knocks may not get you far. Just look at Pranav Dhanawade. Despite scoring an unheard of 1000+ runs in an innings in a school tournament he failed to make it to the next stage and even got arrested as he was on a practice ground where a VVIP chopper was to land.
By Sunil Rajguru
Image Courtesy: The Making of a Cricketer by Ajit Tendulkar