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.
Promising Delhi batsman Unmukt Chand will lead India A team in the three one-day games against the visiting New Zealand A, while Abhishek Nayar will captain the side for three-day and four-day games, starting in Visakhapatnam on August 31.
Handed the captaincy role after injury to Ajit Agarkar, Mumbai skipper Abhishek Nayar said that he would take help from senior players like Sachin Tendulkar in leading the Ranji champion side in the Irani Cup match against Rest of India which begins on Wednesday.
Mumbai`s leading run-getter of the season, Abhishek Nayar, is focused on the Irani Cup game against the Rest of India, commencing here on February 6, and is not exactly celebrating the steep price of Rs 3.5 crore that he commanded at the Indian Premier League auction.