Mumbai and Madhya Pradesh would face each other in the final of the Ranji Trophy, which starts on Wednesday in Bengaluru. Madhya Pradesh is in the final for the first time, while Mumbai is the domestic powerhouse, having won the competition 41 times. Mumbai captain Prithvi Shaw was due to play against Chandrakant Pandit’s Madhya Pradesh, and it is important to mention that Pandit was Shaw’s first domestic cricket coach.
“I think it’s very proud to be Mumbai captain. Five years ago when he played in the final, Chandu Sir was the coach, and playing against him will be quite a challenge for us, whoever is playing. Really proud to be captain of Mumbai Looking back on five years my first stint in 2016-17 and then captaining Mumbai in Vijay Hazare and now leading the Ranji Trophy it’s a proud feeling for me I hope this Cup take home,” Shaw said at a news conference in Bengaluru on Tuesday.
“It’s not even close to my mind, you know – a comeback with the Indian team. Getting the cup is my main motive and I don’t think any other than winning it. The finals are from tomorrow, so I’m thinking about nothing else. The preparation we have done is just for the Ranji Trophy, not focusing on what happens outside. This is also very important, winning this Ranji Trophy and getting those happy moments back,” he added.
Shaw had signed up in his fifties in the quarterfinals against Uttarakhand and the semifinals against Uttar Pradesh.
About his own performance, Shaw said: “I scored a couple of fifty, but that’s certainly not enough for me. Nobody even congratulated me after I scored that fifty. So in that sense I feel bad too. But I’m glad my team is doing well. As a captain you have to take that too – all 21 players I have here.”
“It’s not just about me. In both cricket and life, the graph is always going up and down. It never always goes up. It’s just a matter of time before I get the ball back in the middle and that big one runs. Right now I’m really thinking about my team, make sure they take care of themselves,” he added.
Speaking about the final against Madhya Pradesh, Shaw said: “This is going to be a pressure game for everyone, it’s a young side. Not many of them have played these kind of finals and are not that experienced. But I think if we look at the batters who we have, we have a good, talented and capable side. Hopefully what they are achieving now they can hold on for one more game.”
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