The Irani Trophy 2019 has concluded. Faiz Fazal led 2018-19 Ranji champions Vidarbha to victory. They won the game on the basis of first innings lead. As a result they defeated Ajinkya Rahane’s Rest of India side for the second consecutive time.
Now the focus shifts to the limited overs domestic tournament named Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The tournament is named after the Indian player who scored first Test century outside India.
The legend smacked 112 at the Old Trafford, Manchester in 1936. However due to the second World War his career got limited to just 11 Tests. In those matches he scored 612 runs.
Mumbai is one of the favourites in the tournament. Last year they had a sorry exit as they managed to win only game out of four. As a result this time they have a really strong squad. The committee has asked Ajinkya Rahane to lead the contingent in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy.
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Selection of strong squad
The selection panel led by former Indian pacer Ajit Agarkar met on Saturday to discuss on the team. After that the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) announced the 15-member squad on their official website.
India’s teen prodigy Prithvi Shaw will make a comeback from injury. He has gained full fitness from an ankle injury. Prithvi got injured during the Australian tour in December last year.
Prithvi will be ably supported by other Mumbai stars like Shreyas Iyer, Siddhesh Lad, Surya Kumar Yadav. They will also have former captain and experienced wicketkeeper-batsman Aditya Tare. The bowling department will be led by experienced Dhawal Kulkarni.
Mumbai had earlier won the Vijay Hazare Trophy, which is the domestic One-Day tournament. They couldn’t do much in the Ranji Trophy. As a result they have made a strong squad to make amendments. Hence they will look forward to win the T20 trophy.
Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Dhawal Kulkarni, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Surya Kumar Yadav, Akash Parkar, Eknath Kerkar, Dhurmil Matkar, Shams Mulani, Shubham Ranjane, Tushar Deshpande and Royston Dias.