Excited By The Current Pool Of Talent - Muzumdar on Mumbai's Team

Excited By The Current Pool Of Talent – Muzumdar on Mumbai’s Team

The Ranji Trophy final between Mumbai and Madhya Pradesh was an exciting one, as the latter went on to clinch their maiden title in the tournament. Mumbai are now without a title for seven straight years. Their hunt continues as they reached till the final step this year, only to be defeated by a much less experienced side. Mumbai’s white-ball season wasn’t their best one, as the renowned side failed to make it through the knockouts of both the big tournaments.

Vijay Hazare trophy was a below-par one for them as they had just a solitary win in five games. While they were better at the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy, it wasn’t enough for them to get past the group stage. Understandably, they were under pressure to perform in the red-ball tournament. While they managed to live up to the expectations, a title win would have silenced their critics.

Coming into the final of Ranji Trophy, momentum was clearly on Mumbai’s side. Sarfaraz Khan was in the form of his life, ending the series as the highest run scorer. Youngster Yashasvi Jaiswal scored back-to-back centuries before the final. Shams Mulani was performing brilliantly with the ball, breaking partnerships with incredible accuracy. Thus, credit must be given to their opposition for overcoming the challenge such an in-form team. 

Focused On Improving The Next Generation Of Talent – Muzumdar

“We hadn’t qualified for a Ranji final since 2016-17, so that was one thing that was told by the MCA and the others around Mumbai cricket. Had we won, that would’ve come true, but at the same time, we’re back on track with a young side. It’s the next generation, they all have unbelievable talent and we need to just show them the direction.

It was all bases covered coming into the final,” Muzumdar said. “In the bowling especially, we had the experience of Dhawal, the pace of Tushar [Deshpande], who is a slippery customer. Mohit [Avasthi] is young and exuberant. Then a left-arm spinner in great form. We had Tanush Kotian, an exciting offspinner. I think just the one day [the third day] didn’t go our way, it hasn’t happened that we have failed to pick up wickets across lengthy periods. It was a terrific performance till the finals.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.