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Ranji Trophy 2017/18: Aditya Tare to Captain Mumbai in Season Opener 

Ranji Trophy 2017/18: Aditya Tare to Captain Mumbai in Season Opener

Aditya Tare will lead a low-profile Mumbai side in their first game of the Ranji season against Madhya Pradesh.

Suryakumar Yadav, who was in contention to get appointed as the captain of the side, has been given the duties of the vice-captain.

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Mumbai will miss out on the services of their star players in the first game of the season. Starting from Ajinkya Rahane, the Indian batsman had made himself unavailable for the opening game of the season. He is not the part of the T20I squad for the series against New Zealand and could have played the game, but he made himself unavailable for the selection.

Young players like Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw and Shardul Thakur are a part of the India A Squad for the unofficial ODI series against New Zealand A while Dhawal Kulkarni has been selected in the Board President’s XI squad for the two practice games along with former two players. Iyer will, in fact, lead the team as well.

Balwinder Singh jr will also miss the first game of the season due to an injury. In his absence, the pace attack looks quite inexperienced. Unavailability of regulars has come as a boon for the youngsters, as there are quite new faces in the Mumbai squad. Jay Bista – who was a member of Mumbai U-23 side recently – is also a member of the team. He made his first-class debut for Mumbai in 2015/16 season against Railways.

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Last year, Mumbai finished the Ranji season as the runner-up, before losing out to Gujarat in the final of the tournament. Gujarat chased a down a total of 312 to hand Mumbai the biggest upset of the season.

Mumbai Squad: Aditya Tare (Captain), Surya Kumar Yadav (Vice Captain), Abhishek Nayar, Akhil Herwadkar, Siddhesh Lad, Jay Bista, Sufiyan Shaikh, Vijay Gohil, Akash Parkar Royston Dias, Minad Manjrekar, Aditya Dhumal, Shivam Malhotra, Shubham Ranjane and Eknath Kerkar.

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