Monday, November 28, 2022

Mumbai in search of 42nd Ranji title, Madhya Pradesh’s first title so far

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A former Mumbai player quipped, “Whoever wins, Shivaji Park is the winner.”

He was referring to this year’s Ranji Trophy final and Amol Majumdar and Chandrakant Pandit, two Mumbai legends who honed their skills in the late Ramakant Achrekar’s nursery, are now on opposite sides.

Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh Wednesday will bring together two old friends who know everything about each other. Muzumdar actually played under Pandit in 2003–04 and enjoyed one of the most illustrious seasons of his career. After that he was thinking of retirement.

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.

Barring Dhawal Kulkarni, who was a part of their previous title win in 2015-16, none of the other Mumbai players know what it is like to win a Ranji Trophy. Same is the case with MP. Barring Pandit, who was the captain when they reached the final in 1998–99, others will experience the final for the first time.

MP may seem unheard of by comparison, but they still have Rajat Patidar, who lit up the IPL, Yash Dubey and Himanshu Mantri – two old-school openers who love to dig deep and bat – and Akshat Raghuvanshi, a It was impressive to see the 18-year-old batsman with one eye to take Pandit into the main team in a practice game.

MP has been very result oriented this time; After coming out of groups like Kerala and Gujarat, he had no other choice. It meant his bowling had to be perfect and that’s what happened. Puneet Date leads a seam attack, taking 47 wickets so far, second only to Bengal’s 60. Their best spinner Kumar Karthikeya is second in the list of highest wicket takers this season with 27 wickets in five matches. Saransh Jain, Anubhav Agarwal and Gaurav Yadav are always ready to support.

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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.

form guide

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.

team news

Barring late injuries, the semi-final playing XI of both the teams is unlikely to change. That said, MP could surprise pacer Kuldeep Sen by fielding him, who missed both the knockout rounds due to injury.

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

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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

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