On Tuesday (3rd December), Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has announced the 15-member squad for their opening match of the new Ranji Trophy season (Group B). The Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has also been named in this squad.
The record 41-time Ranji Trophy winners Mumbai will begin their journey in the Ranji Trophy 2019/20 on 9th December 2019 with the match against the hosts Baroda. Suryakumar Yadav will lead this team in this game while Aditya Tare will play the vice-captain role of the team.
In this 15-member Mumbai squad, four players have international cricket experiences. These Indian cricketers are Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Shardul Thakur and Dhawal Kulkarni. While India have the next Test cricket assignment against the hosts New Zealand in late February 2020, Ajinkya Rahane wants to prepare himself with this domestic first-class cricket matches.
Less than a month ago, Prithvi Shaw has returned to the domestic cricket after completing his back-dated eight-month suspension period. Since his latest comeback, the player has shown good temperament with the bat. In the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019/20, Prithvi Shaw played five matches where he scored 240 runs (average 48.00), including three half-centuries. Mumbai camp expects that the 20-year-old Shaw will maintain the impressive batting form in the Ranji season too.
Shreyas Iyer and Shivam Dube are missing from the Mumbai squad
Due to the national team commitment, Shreyas Iyer and Shivam Dube have missed out the opening game squad of the new Ranji season. During the forthcoming Baroda vs Mumbai match, Indian national cricket team will be busy in the three-match home T20I series against Windies, starting from 6th December 2019. Both are in the T20I squad.
In the last Ranji Trophy season (2018/19), Mumbai finished their journey in the league stages.
Mumbai squad for their first match of Ranji Trophy 2019/20: Suryakumar Yadav (Captain), Aditya Tare (Vice Captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Jay Bista, Shubham Ranjane, Akash Parkar, Sarfaraz Khan, Shams Mulani, Vinayak Bhoir, Shashank Attarde, Shardul Thakur, Tushar Deshpande, Dhawal Kulkarni and Eknath Kerkar.