Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar on Tuesday said that dropping middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara for the fourth and final cricket Test against Australia was a "bit strange" and felt that he should have been given a longer run.
Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar feels that Ishant Sharma should step up in a leadership role as the bowling unit has the skill set and ability to take 20 Australian wickets in the third cricket Test starting tomorrow at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar on Wednesday retired from all forms of cricket, bringing down curtains on a 16-year first class career during which he played in 26 Tests and 191 ODIs besides leading Mumbai to their 40th Ranji Trophy title last season.
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.
Skipper Ajit Agarkar on Monday attributed Mumbai`s innings and 125-run victory over Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy final to combined team effort and said lifting the title for a record 40th time makes it even more special.
Medium pacer Dhawal Kulkarni spearheaded the Mumbai attack superbly to snap up four wickets and help the hosts bundle out Saurashtra for a meagre first innings total of 142 on day one of the five-day Ranji Trophy final at the Wankhede Stadium here on Saturday.
Mumbai bowlers came out hard with an aim to defeat the weather gods in their bid to enter the final of the Ranji Trophy for the 44th time, but the bravehearts from Services batted with a lot of purpose, taking the semi-final into the reserve sixth day.
Mumbai captain Ajit Agarkar and glovesman Aditya Tare grinded a pedestrian Services attack to score patient centuries as the 39-time champions finished the second day`s play of their Ranji Trophy semifinal on 380 for six in 143 overs.
Multiple-time champions Mumbai assured themselves of a place in the Ranji Trophy`s last-four stage after bundling out Baroda for 271 before extending their lead to 545 runs on the fourth and penultimate day of their quarterfinal clash here today.