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One of the best wicketkeeper-batsmen in the country, Aditya Tare had a good outing in the Ranji Trophy last season. The Mumbai skipper led from the very front to lead his team to their 41st Ranji Trophy title. He scored 569 runs with an average of over 40. With the Indian team looking to find a suitable replacement for Mahendra Singh Dhoni, he was seen as a potential candidate for the same. However, the selectors surprised one and all when they did not select the Mumbai skipper in the Duleep Trophy.
Talking to the Times of India, Tare expressed his surprise and said:” Honestly, it was a bit surprising to me. I had a good season with Mumbai, winning the Ranji Trophy, a record-breaking season with the gloves, couple of hundreds against good opposition at crucial stages in the tournament. I was among the runs in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy too. I was looking forward to playing for India ‘A’ or in the Duleep Trophy, but unfortunately, it didn’t happen.”
However, Tare said that the omission will not hamper his spirit and he will look to improve as a player.
“I’m highly self-motivated to improve as a player. I keep working on my fitness and my skills with bat and the gloves both. I strive hard to be a better player than I was last season. I have the honour and responsibility to lead the best team in the country, Mumbai, and my goal is to play Test cricket for India and I will keep chasing that goal. So there’s no difficulty at all as far as motivation is concerned,” he added.
To make the matches in Ranji Trophy more exciting, the cricket board has changed the format of the tournament as all the teams will now have to play at neutral venues. Tare expressed his excitement over the decision and said:” I’m really excited to get going in this new first class season.It’s a unique one for all of us. And it will throw in a new challenge as we will be on the road throughout and will be facing different and unknown conditions.”