Ahead of his team’s Ranji Trophy final against Madhya Pradesh, Mumbai head coach Amol Majumdar has said that this opportunity is for the players. Mumbai, who are 41-time champions, have reached their 47th Ranji Trophy final overall and for the first time since 2016-17. Their semi-final match against Uttar Pradesh ended in a draw, with Mumbai leading on their first innings lead. Majumdar is clear that this is not about him. He has already won competition as a captain and has been a part of many title winning teams. His counterpart and Madhya Pradesh head coach Chandrakant Pandit has won titles with Mumbai and Vidarbha in the past.
“It’s all about the players. Of course, every team has its own engine room, but at the same time, the main focus should be on the players. That’s it. [Pandit] is a proven customer. this is my first season [as coach], Must be his umpteenth season. I don’t want to compare. He has been there, done that,” ESPN Cricinfo quoted Muzumdar as saying.
The head coach feels that his team has done extremely well in red-ball cricket and is certain that the new talent will serve Mumbai for a long time.
“When I took over, the whole association had asked about getting back to red-ball cricket. That was our main focus. So far, we’ve made little effort to achieve that. Credit to the boys, they’re on track. Red-ball cricket was a matter of concern for all the people of Mumbai.
“But the guys have done brilliantly. The focus was on how to add the gen-next to perform in the Ranji Trophy. With performances like this, we are heading towards it. I’m sure these guys Will serve Mumbai for a long time,” he said.
Yashasvi Jaiswal He has scored three centuries and has appeared in only three first-class games. young batsman Prithvi Shaw His flair for long-term cricket and technical adjustments lead the pack despite being the focus area.
Suved Parkar reached the final with the reputation of being a marathon batsman just like his head coach Muzumdar. Armaan Jaffer He has shown promise even while scoring his first century in the semi-finals. Sarfaraz KhanK’s form continues to lead the batting-charts of this short season with 803 runs in seven innings including three centuries. 297 runs ahead of him Rajat Patidari, his closest competitor in the finals. The hunger for big runs in the dressing room augurs well for the future.
Majumdar believes in the culture and “processes” to help bring about a change in the mindset that first-class cricket is as important as the IPL.
“I personally believe it’s all about the process and culture you have in the dressing room and players will automatically buy into that. We’ve tried to do that, almost everyone [players] Bought in the future. Yes, IPL is a culture where people go and play but they should not forget their roots, which is domestic cricket.”
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