Mumbai's Abhishek Nayar "is out of danger" after suffering a head injury while fielding on day one of the Ranji Trophy semi-final cricket match against holders Karnataka at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday.
Mumbai on Wednesday touched a new low as they were bundled out for 44, their second lowest innings total in the history of Ranji Trophy cricket, in the semifinal against Karnataka that saw a staggering 21 wickets fall by the wayside on the first day here.
A battle royal is on the cards when under pressure Mumbai, gunning for an outright victory to seal a quarter final berth, clash with high-flying defending champions Karnataka in a Ranji Trophy Group A match commencing at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday.
Mumbai have replaced experienced and injured all-rounder Abhishek Nayar with Javed Khan for their fifth round Group A Ranji Trophy league cricket match against Madhya Pradesh at the Wankhede Stadium here from January 5-8.
The second day of the Ranji Trophy match between Mumbai and Railways had visiting team players, led by their skipper Suryakumar Yadav, doing the duty of groundsmen as the cricketers tried to clear the waterlogged areas of the Karnail Singh Stadium.
Attacking middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav has replaced his Mumbai teammate Abhishek Nayar in the West Zone squad for the Prof D B Deodhar Trophy tournament commencing in Vishakapatnam from Sunday.
Group toppers Maharashtra will play defending champions Mumbai, who barely made it to the knock-out stage, in the five-day quater-final of the Ranji Trophy that promises to be a keen fight at the Wankhede Stadium, starting here from Wednesday.
Veteran Wasim Jaffer on Wednesday was named captain of Mumbai for their four-day Ranji Trophy Group A fixture against Orissa, starting at the Wankhede Stadium on December 14, in place of the injured Abhishek Nayar who is out of the game.
After recording back-to-back away victories, 40-time champions Mumbai, led by seasoned left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan, will take on a strong Delhi outfit in their first Ranji Trophy home game of the season at the BKC ground here from November 14-17.
India A all-rounder Abhishek Nayar on Friday expressed hope that they will be able to score a series-levelling win against the West Indies A tomorrow even as the wicket was not helpful for the bowlers.
Yuvraj Singh bludgeoned his way to a 56-ball 84 and gave the national selectors another timely reminder of his worth even as Abhishek Nayar slammed a 39-ball 75 to take India Blue to the final with a 11-run win over India Red in the NKP Salve Challenger Series here today.
Young Gujarat batsman Manprit Juneja showed perfect temperament for longer format, scoring a patient unbeaten 178 in India A`s first innings score of 408 for seven against New Zealand A at stumps on third day of the second unofficial `Test` here on Wednesday.
Stylish left-hander Vijay Zol carried his stupendous form at the U-19 level to first-class cricket, scoring a fluent century on debut as the three-day encounter between India A and New Zealand A ended in a draw here on Friday.