Mumbai have been bolstered by the comeback of international stars Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube and Shardul Thakur for the last four matches of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019/20. The trio was a part of the T20I squad for the series against Bangladesh and are now available for the domestic tournament. Despite Iyer making a comeback, senior SuryaKumar Yadav will continue to lead the team.
Iyer, the only consistent performer with the bat in the T20I series, scored 108 runs. He hit a half-century in the third T20I and helped India get close to 150. In the end, the home side registered a total of 174/5 in 20 overs. Iyer also registered his highest score – 30 – in the shortest format.
Dube, who did not have much to do in the first two T20Is, also shone in the decider. He scalped three crucial wickets, including that of Mohammad Naim and Mushfiqur Rahim, on the ball first ball that he faced. Dube’s crucial scalps saw India make a comeback.
Thakur did not get a chance in the series as Rohit Sharma retained Khaleel Ahmed for all three T20Is. One of these two is likely to be dropped from the squad as Navdeep Saini is in line to make his comeback for the T20I series against West Indies.
Talking of Mumbai, they are placed at top of the points table with three wins in as many matches in Group D. They kicked off their campaign with a 10-wicket win over Mizoram. In the second match, they defeated Haryana by eight wickets and registered a big win by nine wickets over Madhya Pradesh in their third contest. They next face Puducherry today.
Mumbai will also be bolstered by the comeback of Prithvi Shaw in the second round of the tournament. The former India U-19 World Cup-winning captain will be available for selection from November 16 and is likely to be named in the team.