Ranji Trophy Final – Mumbai is never out of the game, but Vidarbha gets no shock

There is a supporting story on the head-to-head between Mumbai and Vidarbha, the teams who are set to meet in the Ranji Trophy final starting this Sunday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The two sides have met in the National Cricket Championship only twice – in the 2013–14 and 2018–19 seasons – with the scoreline deadlocked at 1–1. Notably, in both the encounters, Wasim Jaffer scored centuries each for both the sides and led them to victory.

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Looking back, Jaffer, the Mumbai legend and domestic cricket legend who scored the most runs (12,038) in Ranji Trophy history, said, “It’s a unique record, isn’t it.” “I have played for only two teams in Ranji Trophy and scored centuries against each of them,” he said while talking to Cricbuzz on the eve of the 89th Ranji Trophy final.

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“We (Mumbai) hardly faced each other. That was the only time I played against Vidarbha. They were a good team with professionals like Hemang Badani and Rashmi Ranjan Parida. It was a pleasure to score a century in the difficult conditions of Wankhede. ,” he recalled scoring a century (139) and then missing another. “When I went to Vidarbha, we faced Mumbai in the last league game. Mumbai needed a win to qualify and we were on top of the table. Mumbai were struggling, I was 180 just before tea time. Could score (178) runs. They were struggling and despite being a good team, we won by an innings and won the title.”

As his former side prepare for the clash, Jaffer expects a keen competition. “It’s going to be an interesting game. Vidarbha have played very good cricket; they are on the move. Mumbai have done well and when they have come under pressure, they have generally found a way to save themselves. Domestic Playing on the ground, Mumbai is familiar with the conditions, but it should be a very good final,” Jaffer, who is currently in Bangladesh, said.

In a different era, the Mumbai vs Vidarbha final was known as a David-Goliath contest, but those days are gone. The aura of invincibility around domestic cricket superpower Mumbai has diminished recently. They have not won the Ranji Trophy for eight years, since the 2015-16 season, which otherwise used to be synonymous with the Mumbai team. Meanwhile, Vidarbha has lifted the trophy twice. No wonder Akshay Wadkar was excited on the eve of the match.

“It’s a special game for us. Any final is special, especially a Ranji final and even more so when it’s against the 41-time champions. We take it as a good opportunity to beat a strong team,” the Vidarbha captain said. Let’s see in form.” “When you win Ranji Trophy twice, your confidence develops. That confidence has seeped into all our players. Now we have confidence in ourselves that we can win any tournament.”

Mumbai have rediscovered their mojo this season, showing tenacity, resilience, intransigence and fighting spirit – in a word the famous and distinctive Khadhoos quality. Their batsmen have scored runs and their bowlers have taken wickets and scored runs as well. Whenever the team was in trouble, their lower order has pulled the team out of trouble by scoring more than 1200 runs. What’s more, his numbers 9, 10 and 11 have scored centuries. Retired Mumbai legend Dhawal Kulkarni said, “Mumbai is never out of the game.”

“As a captain, it’s good. Everyone is able to bat and I think it’s really good for their individual careers. I want to see many players coming from Mumbai representing India So as a captain, my role is to give him freedom, give him clarity and understand his game, how much potential he has,” said Rahane, who has been inspirational as a leader but also as a batsman. He is weak. He has been able to score only 134 runs in seven matches at a very poor average of 13.4.


There is not much to choose between the teams on the way to the final – while Mumbai have recorded six wins, two draws and one loss in the title clash, Vidarbha have fared slightly better with seven wins, one draw and one loss. Loss. Interestingly, Mumbai’s only loss of the season came at the Wankhede, when they lost to Uttar Pradesh by two wickets.

But this was an deviation and Mumbai, with their vast experience, will be a different beast in the final. With international players like Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer and Shardul Thakur and Rahane himself, they could be unstoppable. As Jaffer says, they will have a definite advantage on a pitch that looks green.

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