Ranji Trophy 2017/18: Abhishek Nayar Dropped From Mumbai Squad for Last Tie
Mumbai selectors have taken a tough call and have dropped former India all-rounder Abhishek Nayar from the squad for the final group stage Ranji tie against Tripura, which will be played at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.
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Nayar has had a dry run till now, as he has just managed to score 130 runs in five matches and has taken eight wickets. He hasn’t been able to deliver for the 41-time champion side, and selectors decided to take the tough route.
Though Nayar was the key for his side in the Mumbai’s 500th contest, which came against Baroda, where he stood for 108 balls on the final day for his eight runs. He along with Siddhesh Lad ensured a draw for Mumbai and kept them alive in the race to the next round.
Selectors have called back Vijay Gohil to the side, who got dropped for team’s previous encounter.
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Meanwhile, Mumbai has got a big boost ahead of their final tie in the form of Prithvi Shaw. The Mumbai opener was to play the third edition of U-19 Challenger Trophy and was to lead the A side in the tournament. However, his superb form in the ongoing Ranji season forced the selectors to let him play Ranji Trophy so as he can present a case in front of national selectors.
If Shaw continues his form, then it will be interesting to see whether senior selectors will give him a chance in upcoming international fixtures or will he be forced to play the junior World Cup.
The last game of Mumbai is a must-win game for them. A win will ensure them a place in the next round, and then they would not have to depend upon the results of other teams, whereas, a first-innings lead would mean they have to depend on the results of games played by Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu for their qualification. Mumbai has 14 points on their account with one win and four draws.
Squad: Aditya Tare (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Jay Bista, Prithvi Shaw, Siddhesh Lad, Shreyas Iyer, Akash Parkar, Karsh Kothari, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shardul Thakur, Minad Manjrekar, Vijay Gohil, Akhil Herwadkar, Sufiyan Shaikh.
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