A former Mumbai player quipped, “Whoever wins, Shivaji Park is the winner.”
Both men share the same coaching philosophy: it’s about the players and nothing but the title constitutes success. It is an inherent feeling in the Mumbai players when they get the cap. Pandit has been a part of six title victories as a coach; Muzumdar in his first season, and in his 42nd season overall, will look to take Mumbai to the first position under his leadership.
So everything is set. The pandemic wiped out a lot of domestic cricket in the last two years. But now, over the course of the next five days, 22 men – many of whom are away from the limelight of the IPL – will have the opportunity to make history.
Mumbai: DWWWD (last five completed matches, most recent first matches)
Madhya Pradesh: WWDWW
in the headlines
Mumbai’s success this season has been the result of their batsmen putting up huge totals in the first innings and then dusting off the opposition. But their captain is yet to leave. Prithvi ShawIts shares have declined in the last one year. Once the first choice in the Indian team, he has now been sidelined by Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishaan Kishan and Shubman Gill. A Ranji Trophy final is a high-profile game and if he can make a big game here, he may be able to persuade the national selectors to give him a second chance.
Five wickets in quarter-finals, five wickets in semi-finals, first stint of IPL – life at present for MP can seem like a bed of roses Kumar Kartikeya, But the man hasn’t been home for over a decade. He can go back only after making his name. that was the deal. Might do the trick to lead Madhya Pradesh to their maiden Ranji Trophy title.
Mumbai: 1 Prithvi Shaw (captain), 2 Yashasvi Jaiswal, 3 Armaan Jaffer, 4 Suved Parkar, 5 Sarfaraz Khan, 6 Hardik Tamor (wk), 7 Shams Mulani, 8 Dhawal Kulkarni, 9 Tanush Kotian, 10 Mohit Awasthi, 11 Tushar Deshpande
Madhya Pradesh: 1 Yash Dubey, 2 Himanshu Mantri (wk), 3 Shubham Sharma, 4 Rajat Patidar, 5 Aditya Srivastava (Captain), 6 Akshat Raghuvanshi, 7 Saransh Jain, 8 Anubhav Agarwal, 9 Gaurav Yadav/Kuldeep Sen, 10 Kumar Karthikeya, 11 Puneet Date
pitch and conditions
June is an unusual time for first-class cricket in India, and with rain all around, the groundstaff have found it extremely challenging to prepare the ground for the Ranji Trophy knockouts and the India-South Africa T20I in Bengaluru that was abandoned . sunday. This is the first time the Chinnaswamy Stadium will host a first-class game in two years, and the curators expect good grass cover and an excellent bouncy surface. There will be a lot of moisture for the fast bowlers to work with.
statistics and general knowledge
- Mumbai have lost only one out of the 12 finals they have played in the last 30 years. That was for Gujarat in 2016-17. Incidentally, Mumbai was trained by Pandit. He hasn’t finalized since.
- Mumbai is one of only three teams this season (Andhra and Rajasthan are the other two) that have not scored a century.
- Mumbai’s bowling average of 19.73 is the best for any team in this Ranji Trophy.
- MP’s seam bowler average (19.91) is the best among all teams that have made it to the Ranji knockouts this season.
“We haven’t seen the quarter-finals or the semi-finals or the final. There are some systems working in the dressing room, and we would like to follow that till the last ball is bowled in the Ranji Trophy season. That was our commitment at the start of the season.”
Mumbai Coach amol mujumdar on what has worked for their team
“I don’t tell state associations what my expectations are. Only those who know the do’s and don’ts of getting Chandrakant Pandit on board contact me. My working principle is simple: on me by the establishment. Full faith and I have complete freedom to work if you want the result.”
mp coach Chandrakant Pandit To PTI on the way he prefers to work.
Shashank Kishor is the Senior Sub-Editor at ESPNcricinfo