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.
After surpassing ex-Mumbai teammate Amol Muzumdar to become the highest run-scorer in Ranji Trophy history, former India Test opener Wasim Jaffer today said he was aware of the record and termed it a special feeling.
Despite being bundled out for a paltry 148 in their first innings, Saurashtra captain Jaydev Shah has not lost hopes of making a comeback in the Ranji Trophy final against Mumbai, saying the rival batsmen would also struggle on the Wankhede strip.
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.
History and form make them the odds-on favourites but Mumbai are not taking things for granted ahead of Saturday’s Ranji Trophy summit showdown with Saurashtra, who have upset many an apple cart en route to the final here.
Key Mumbai batting all-rounder Abhishek Nayar is happy that he has been able to play a full season without suffering an injury that hampered his progress during previous seasons, and is focussed on the Ranji Trophy final against Saurashtra commencing here on January 26.
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.
Despite the need for an outright win, Mumbai today settled for a draw in their group "A" match against Saurashtra when they restricted the hosts to 300 and then decided to bat again instead of imposing follow-on.