Mumbai will be led by Prithvi Shaw in the Ranji Trophy knockouts
According to the latest news, Prithvi Shaw has been selected as Mumbai’s captain for the Ranji Trophy knock-out rounds, which begin on June 6 in Bengaluru. Mumbai will face Uttarakhand in the quarterfinals, and the Salil Ankola-led senior selection committee chose a 21-member squad late on Monday (May 23).
Notably, Shreyas Iyer will be unavailable for these games due to national commitments. At the same time, due to injuries, Shivam Dube and Suryakumar Yadav were not selected. Meanwhile, the selectors have maintained their faith in Sarfaraz Khan, who had a solid IPL 2022 season with the Delhi Capitals. Yashasvi Jaiswal, who will open alongside Shaw, has also impressed the Rajasthan Royals this season.
As a result, the southpaw will be determined to create an impression for his state squad as well. In terms of the bowling assault, seasoned pacer Dhawal Kulkarni will head the attack, with Tushar Deshpande and Shams Mulani aiding him. Despite the absence of certain key players, the team appears to be fairly balanced and would like to put on a strong performance in the knock-out rounds.
Meanwhile, these matches will be crucial for Shaw, who has been on the fringes of the Test team for some time. He last played a Test match in December 2020, against Australia, where he struggled. With Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Shubman Gill already vying for the two opening berths, Shaw will need to put up a strong performance to catch the eye of the selectors.
In terms of Mumbai’s performance, they won two of their three group stage games while drawing the third. While they will be favorites against Uttarakhand, they should not be complacent.