Mumbai v Saurashtra, Ranji Trophy, final, 3rd day January 28, 2013

Mumbai boss their way to No. 40

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Mumbai 355 (Jaffer 132, H Shah 55) beat Saurashtra 148 (Vasavada 55, Kulkarni 4-24) and 82 (Kulkarni 5-32, Agarkar 4-15) by an innings and 125 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Before the Ranji Trophy final, the Mumbai captain Ajit Agarkar had talked about his side not having put together the perfect match this season. True to their reputation of being at their best when it matters, Mumbai delivered that perfect match on the biggest domestic stage to reclaim their familiar position as Ranji champions.

Agarkar and Dhawal Kulkarni were so devastating with the new ball that at one stage Saurashtra, who have built up a reputation for scoring big, were in so precarious a position that journalists scrambled to find the lowest totals in first-class history. They avoided those levels of ignominy but were still rolled over for a measly 82, handing Mumbai a handsome innings and 125-run victory.

Saurashtra had their best chance of a fightback when they had Mumbai six down on the second evening and only 89 ahead. They let that lead swell to 139 yesterday, and on third morning Hiken Shah strengthened Mumbai further with more than two hours of resistance.

Saurashtra needed a solid start if they were to pose any challenge, but their innings unravelled with unseemly haste. There was a poignant moment in the first over as Shitanshu Kotak, who waited two decades to play in a Ranji final, was caught-behind for a duck in what could be his final first-class game. He dejectedly walked past the trophy, which had been brought out and displayed on the boundary's edge, on his way to the dressing-room.

The other opener, Sagar Jogiyani, has also had a game to forget. He had fallen for 1 on the first day, muffed a chance to run out Wasim Jaffer on the second and rounded off the game with a duck on the third.

Agarkar and Kulkarni were getting the ball to move both ways, and maintained a tight line and length, but Saurashtra's batsmen looked so out of their depth that the persistent doubts over their ability to score outside the benign surfaces of Rajkot will not be swept away any time soon. Saurashtra coach Debu Mitra admitted after the match that his batsmen needed to spend more time on seaming tracks, and that they didn't have enough experience of difficult batting conditions.

They fished at far too many deliveries that should have been left alone. Mumbai operated with four slips and two gullies for much of the first hour, and the catches duly arrived.

There was bounce as well for the new-ball bowlers, and it was one of those lifting deliveries that removed Rahul Dave, hit high on the bat as he edged to the cordon. Aarpit Vasavada, who provided much of Saurashtra's resistance in the first innings, got a rough lbw decision after being struck outside off. Jaydev Shah avoided a pair but was bowled through the gate for 6.

Agarkar had high praise for Kulkarni's bowling. "They probably don't have the depth of batting that we do," he said. "Little bit surprised (at how easy the victory was), Dhawal bowled exceptionally well, he could have had eight wickets if luck was on his side."

At 11 for 5, the game was effectively over. Never have Saurashtra missed Cheteshwar Pujara as badly as they did in this match. They may have been outclassed in the final but, still, that won't take the shine off Saurashtra's best season in nearly seven decades.

For Mumbai, another title is only a return to business as usual after missing out in the previous two seasons. If the 40th trophy wasn't enough to show their domestic dominance, it comes in a season when they have won the Under-25 and U-16 titles too, and are battling it out in the final of the U-19.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • balajeev on January 28, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    Mumbai won fair and square, but surely doesn't this reflect the lack of depth in Ranji trophy cricket ? Is the first class league throwing up new players ? Players who are past their sell by date simply move on to a lesser known team to prolong their careers. If you actually look at the smaller teams each of them has a Ranji "stalwart" who can't quite make the cut in his original team. For example, Amol Muzumdar has carried on breaking records by playing for Assam and Andhra Pradesh.

  • Haleos on January 30, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    @ fod-c8w - people like vish are frogs of the well. They think TN is the world and their mediocre players champions. Show in their performance. If not for N Srinivasan none of the TN players would make it to India team.

  • wolf777 on January 29, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    If the rules called for Mumbai, then why in the world Nitin Desai had to 'request' BCCI to schedule the Finals at Wankehde? Home and away rules are for the league stage only anywhere you go. Once the tournament reaches the knockout stage, it is always the team with the better record gets to play at home when neutral venues are not used. Nohit Sharma and Jadeja were in the playing eleven and no problem with them not being released; however, Pujara and Rahne should have been release instead of warming the bench in a inconsequential game. Reluctance not to release Pujara with the kind of form he is in smells rats.

  • kevivnajar on January 29, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    @ Rumy1 on (January 29 2013, 11:29 AM GMT) : Don't compare Jaffer with Rahane & Mukund.. They are just 22-23 yrs and have impressed a lot now only.

    Jaffer is like how Badrinath is for chennai- always the unsung hero, and affected by DLTG (dravid laxman Tend ganguly) era which lasted 10 years. But he is too old to be brought into test team now. I agree that Gambir shd be thrown out. We need a young left hander to replace him in ODI & Tests. Yuvi must also be thrown back to domestic, even though he is picking up wickets here and there. his selection was more for emotional & out of compulsion. Ashwin must also be dropped for a series or two, to make him come back stronger. and we MUST stop picking piyush chawla again and again..

  • Rumy1 on January 29, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Congrats Mumbai!! On present form,Jaffer is certainly a better bet than both Sehwag and Gambhi- by miles. One poor series in Australia, and he was dropped forever. If one bad series is a reason to be dropped forever,then how about Gambhir? He has failed consistently with dismal averages over the last three years. If you look at Mukund, Gambhir, Rahane and Vijay they look bonnies in front of Jaffer given his far superior temperament, skills, technique, range of shots, composure, style, experience and record.Ganguly is right when he says Jaffer is one of the two best openers in the country today. And Jaffer is only 35 which means he has 3/4 years left to contribute to Indian cricket. Hope likes of Sandeep Patil, Saba Karim, Vikram Rathore, RS Hans and Roger Binny are listening and are willing to undo gross injustices done to Jaffer over such a long period of time. Come on selectors..think about the country and give Jaffer his due. Hope Sunny, Shastri, Ganguly and Sachin help.

  • baghels.a on January 29, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    First of all congratulations to Mumbai on the Ranji Trophy final win !! i am not a Mumbai fan more of a Karnataka or Delhi fan but Mumbai showed pedigree by winning the title and also u-25, u-16 and in u-19 they are still in contention, but i fully agree with @balajeev,I went through all the squad lists and came to the conclusion that some of the better players were all busy playing u-25 CK Nayudu and u-19 Vinoo Mankad trophy, i find veterans such as Aakash Chopra,Mazumdar Bahutele,SS Dass,Badani still playing ?? really i am Sure with a 1.2 billion population and u-19 WC champions, there must be better youger players out there.There is a lot of talk regarding pitches,outright results,sheduling which is all fine but what about squad selection,there are one too many guest players past there prime and certain journeyman players who seem favorite of state associations.These states need to decide weather long term planning and success is more important or having nepotism in selection.

  • on January 29, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    We need to see consistancy from Jaffer,,, does he possess ability to face bowlers on all pitches??Against what teams he achieved this record,,,,Does Agarkar can fill void of Zaheer?? See what happened to Rahane,,,,failed in many matches. No doubt viru and gambhir are out of form and can not be considered for future matches,,,,Does BCCI has concrete plans to produce world class players??? Answer is no for these questions

  • binu.emiliya on January 29, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    They should have release Pujara,Jadeja,Rohith & Rahane for the finals and for the replacement for thelast ODI should have been Raydu(Pujara),Jalaj Saxena( Raveendra Jadeja),Stuart Binny(Ajinkhya RAhane),Uthappa (Rohith)...

  • Aren789 on January 29, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    Hats off to Mumbai!!! They have the self-confidence to overcome any obstacles. I thought they will lose against Services but Ajit Agarkar made sure that did not happen. When they were playing the round robin matches they were no way near their mark for knockout qualification and once they are qualified they are a different team. I want other teams also learn from their capabilities to make Ranji Trophy really interesting.

  • Paddy789 on January 29, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    ""W Jaffer" Can he open the ininings against Australia in the upcoming test series ? i think he should!

  • balajeev on January 28, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    Mumbai won fair and square, but surely doesn't this reflect the lack of depth in Ranji trophy cricket ? Is the first class league throwing up new players ? Players who are past their sell by date simply move on to a lesser known team to prolong their careers. If you actually look at the smaller teams each of them has a Ranji "stalwart" who can't quite make the cut in his original team. For example, Amol Muzumdar has carried on breaking records by playing for Assam and Andhra Pradesh.

  • Haleos on January 30, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    @ fod-c8w - people like vish are frogs of the well. They think TN is the world and their mediocre players champions. Show in their performance. If not for N Srinivasan none of the TN players would make it to India team.

  • wolf777 on January 29, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    If the rules called for Mumbai, then why in the world Nitin Desai had to 'request' BCCI to schedule the Finals at Wankehde? Home and away rules are for the league stage only anywhere you go. Once the tournament reaches the knockout stage, it is always the team with the better record gets to play at home when neutral venues are not used. Nohit Sharma and Jadeja were in the playing eleven and no problem with them not being released; however, Pujara and Rahne should have been release instead of warming the bench in a inconsequential game. Reluctance not to release Pujara with the kind of form he is in smells rats.

  • kevivnajar on January 29, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    @ Rumy1 on (January 29 2013, 11:29 AM GMT) : Don't compare Jaffer with Rahane & Mukund.. They are just 22-23 yrs and have impressed a lot now only.

    Jaffer is like how Badrinath is for chennai- always the unsung hero, and affected by DLTG (dravid laxman Tend ganguly) era which lasted 10 years. But he is too old to be brought into test team now. I agree that Gambir shd be thrown out. We need a young left hander to replace him in ODI & Tests. Yuvi must also be thrown back to domestic, even though he is picking up wickets here and there. his selection was more for emotional & out of compulsion. Ashwin must also be dropped for a series or two, to make him come back stronger. and we MUST stop picking piyush chawla again and again..

  • Rumy1 on January 29, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Congrats Mumbai!! On present form,Jaffer is certainly a better bet than both Sehwag and Gambhi- by miles. One poor series in Australia, and he was dropped forever. If one bad series is a reason to be dropped forever,then how about Gambhir? He has failed consistently with dismal averages over the last three years. If you look at Mukund, Gambhir, Rahane and Vijay they look bonnies in front of Jaffer given his far superior temperament, skills, technique, range of shots, composure, style, experience and record.Ganguly is right when he says Jaffer is one of the two best openers in the country today. And Jaffer is only 35 which means he has 3/4 years left to contribute to Indian cricket. Hope likes of Sandeep Patil, Saba Karim, Vikram Rathore, RS Hans and Roger Binny are listening and are willing to undo gross injustices done to Jaffer over such a long period of time. Come on selectors..think about the country and give Jaffer his due. Hope Sunny, Shastri, Ganguly and Sachin help.

  • baghels.a on January 29, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    First of all congratulations to Mumbai on the Ranji Trophy final win !! i am not a Mumbai fan more of a Karnataka or Delhi fan but Mumbai showed pedigree by winning the title and also u-25, u-16 and in u-19 they are still in contention, but i fully agree with @balajeev,I went through all the squad lists and came to the conclusion that some of the better players were all busy playing u-25 CK Nayudu and u-19 Vinoo Mankad trophy, i find veterans such as Aakash Chopra,Mazumdar Bahutele,SS Dass,Badani still playing ?? really i am Sure with a 1.2 billion population and u-19 WC champions, there must be better youger players out there.There is a lot of talk regarding pitches,outright results,sheduling which is all fine but what about squad selection,there are one too many guest players past there prime and certain journeyman players who seem favorite of state associations.These states need to decide weather long term planning and success is more important or having nepotism in selection.

  • on January 29, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    We need to see consistancy from Jaffer,,, does he possess ability to face bowlers on all pitches??Against what teams he achieved this record,,,,Does Agarkar can fill void of Zaheer?? See what happened to Rahane,,,,failed in many matches. No doubt viru and gambhir are out of form and can not be considered for future matches,,,,Does BCCI has concrete plans to produce world class players??? Answer is no for these questions

  • binu.emiliya on January 29, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    They should have release Pujara,Jadeja,Rohith & Rahane for the finals and for the replacement for thelast ODI should have been Raydu(Pujara),Jalaj Saxena( Raveendra Jadeja),Stuart Binny(Ajinkhya RAhane),Uthappa (Rohith)...

  • Aren789 on January 29, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    Hats off to Mumbai!!! They have the self-confidence to overcome any obstacles. I thought they will lose against Services but Ajit Agarkar made sure that did not happen. When they were playing the round robin matches they were no way near their mark for knockout qualification and once they are qualified they are a different team. I want other teams also learn from their capabilities to make Ranji Trophy really interesting.

  • Paddy789 on January 29, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    ""W Jaffer" Can he open the ininings against Australia in the upcoming test series ? i think he should!

  • BrianPinto on January 29, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    @Wolf and @Bulty Your hatred/jealousy towards Mumbai can be gauged from the fact that you feel Pujara and Jadeja were deliberately kept out of the game. Then what about Sharma and Rahane. Btw do u have any proof about the under the table deals which happened between Dhoni, BCCI and MCA. The 2nd argument is about the venue. Here your poor cricketing knowledge is reflected when you say Wankhede was wrongly chosen. FYI every team plays at alternately home and away depending on their last game. Mumbai played semifinal away while saurashtra played at home against Punjab and thats why the final was played in Mumbai. Once in Mumbai its MCA's prerogative which stadium to use. the 3rd argument is SRT requested to change the semi final venue. We all know what happened there. A 3 hour shower was enough to keep the ground wet for 3 days. Not to mentioned people easily could barge in to the ground which can cause serious injuries to national icons like SRT. So before you post anything, Read.

  • Ignatiuscric on January 29, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    there isnt any sense by not releasing Pujara to play in the finals when knowing that he isnt going to be part of final odi.. the best thing a player can get is to represent in a match (whether domestic or intl.) rather sitting in the bench. Pujara could have been the difference between struggling Saurastra and dominant mumbai. when u know gambir is struggling, why not give pujara a chance to open in a dead rubber. He could have been released for this match at least he could get a game in. Poor selection decisions and bad management

  • AGP_Cric on January 29, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    @wolf777... if u had your facts right, then you wouldn't have to come to the conclusion you did. The earlier game between the saurashtra and mumbai in the group stage was played at rajkot, so the rule says that if there is another match between the same two teams, it will be at the venue favoring the team who didn't home advantage earlier. This rule was in place before mumbai came to finals. If the neutral venue is your suggestion.. then i guess .. saurashtra would have been even more hard pressed to reach the finals. Secondly on pujara being rested, instead of being big conspiracy theory, is a standard policy of BCCI. It may be wrong policy.. but that is how it has been all these years. If rohit and rahane were released and pujara wasn't then i guess the foulplay suggestion would have been apt. Sachin had requested the venue to be moved for SF because of weather prediction.. we all know what happened in that semifinal and how many days of play were actually possible.

  • BULTY on January 29, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    First of all congratulations to Mumbai on the Ranji Trophy final win; victory is a victory however achieved. But Mumbai (players, administrators and all concerned) would do well to reflect whether this particular win was achieved in fair means. First of all the venue was deliberately changed to favour Mumbai at the cost of Saurashtra. Seconde & most important (here's lies the cruel joke) Pujara & Ravindra Jadeja were deliberately kept out of the Saurashtra team under the guise of doing national duty in a dead rubber and in a match which India ultimately lost. Will Mumbai shed its selfishness and start playing fair not only in cricket but in all other sports as well? Let not Mumbaikars feel India is only Mumbai.

  • wolf777 on January 29, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    @ SK5983 Tell me where in the world team with the inferior record gets the home ground advantage? I have followed news. Sachin Tendulkar requested venue change for the semi finals as well. This time around Nitin Desai of MCA requested that Final is hosted at Wankhede and BCCI rolled over and moved women's game to a different venue to accommodate. I live in the US and follow other sports as well. Finals are always at the neutral venues or the team with better record gets the home court advantage. Tell me why out of all other available grounds, Wankehde gets to host the Final? Saurashtra was the one who had better record. Why don't they get the home ground advantage? By the way, Pujara was on National Duty of being the 12th man in a dead rubber? Ridiculous. It was Ravindra Jadeja who was on the national duty…Pujara was deliberately kept out of Ranji Finals.

  • QingdaoXI on January 28, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    @wolf777, your thoughts are baseless and if are writing such things in this forum than follow all the articles related to final from last week you will get your answer. By the way Pujara was on National duty and State duty comes after National duty, common sense man.

  • wolf777 on January 28, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    I don't know what's a big deal. BCCI went all out to assist Mumbai. First the Final was scheduled in Mumbai even though Mumbai did not have better record. To further aid Mumbai, Pujara, a threat, was kept out of the Final under the guise of representing India in a dead rubber. A team gets the home ground advantage despite having inferior record to the other finalist??? It happens only in India. The victory is hollow and above all Sachin Tendulkar should know it….

  • shripadk on January 28, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    @balajeev No, the only worry is spinning options. There is no lack of depth in Ranji trophy. There might be lack of depth in 1 particular team barring Mumbai, but there are lot of good players around in other teams. It is just that Mumbai have 15 odd top quality players in 1 team. That is what made the difference in the end. But there is no concern for India if selectors give right people chance at the right time. That is the biggest concern. We have culture of giving too many chances even when player is continuously failing at International level. If someone fails for say 3-4 tests on the trot, drop him and send him back to domestic cricket or let him go play in other leagues around the world. Give someone else a go. The established player can come back when he hits form on domestic circuit. We have not found anyone spectacular to play tests in long time. Pujara does not count, we found him couple of years back but injury and bad fortunes kept him away. We need few more like him.

  • QingdaoXI on January 28, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    @ Cricketfan101 Harmeet Singh is injured while iqbal was given chance in some matches but due to his poor form he was dropped and played for Mumbai in U-25 tournament where Mumbai win that tournament too.

  • aativas on January 28, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    Congratulations team Mumbai! However, the quality of domestic cricket worries me!

  • LisaPereira on January 28, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    So this is Tendulkars swan song.. he is going to retire now.

  • Cricketfan101 on January 28, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    Does anyone know why Harmeet Singh did not play any games for Mumbai this Season also what happened to Iqbal Abdulla?

  • BrianPinto on January 28, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Mumbai's dominance can be ascertained by this trivia:

    Whats common between Ajit Agarkar and Delhi Cricket team (2nd most successful Ranji team)?

    Ans: Both have won the Ranji trophy 7 times.

    I rest my case.

  • anand32026 on January 28, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Congrtsss!! Ajit & all team mates........... Dhaval Kulkarni must be in India X1 in place of Ishant...what a good team effort from mumbai...They play like champs....when BCCI peaks Jadeja on basis of ranji games so why not kulkarni?? I know selector not peak Ajit.. but he perform well as a captain,bowler n batsman.....A.Nayar also good in both departments...

  • BrianPinto on January 28, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    Yet another win...Kudos to AjitBhau (Can still make a oneday comeback) , WasimBhai (Should be in India test team along with Ajinkya), Nayar (Should be in India oneday team along with Ajinkya), Dhawal (Keep up the good work), Tare (Was surprised when Marathe was dropped but Tare proved why) and of course Sulakshan. Feel sorry for Abdulla, Harmeet, Surya and Javed but these guys are the future of Mumbai cricket.

    Amused by the way Mumbai haters have as usual cried foul over its win pointing how we 'won' only one match in league stage. Well guys, rules are/were same for every team not to forget theses games are 4 day affair. Mumbai dominated most of these games barring one. Some of them also mentioning Pujara would have made a difference. Yeah...maybe he would have stretched this game to the 4th day. Ofcourse we havent even mentioned Rahane, Rohit and most importantly Zak missing out. Well thats Mumbai attitude for you.

  • batman_gothamcity on January 28, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    Congratulations to Mumbai for 40th win in Premeire domestic tournament . Hard luck to Saurashtra . For the Irani trophy i hope all test probables and certanities play so that proper selection can be made for the upcoming Australia series .

  • mohitindia on January 28, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    This team doesn't even deserve to be in finals, most of the matches that they played were for the first innings lead. I don't think BCCI is setting the right example as this mentality gets into the players minds and they don't have that winning intent from the beginning, There was a DAY extension for their semifinal, which is a blind stupidity and this shows the sense of foolishness prevailing in the lower level. Hard luck though Saurashtra, they had a better attitude this whole Ranji season than a Mumbai team and wake up Ranji players, play for wins and if you lose, lose like winners. :P

  • abhijit.d18 on January 28, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    Friends its Mumbai not Bombay. Lets respect the changed name of respective cities.

  • here2rock on January 28, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    This is what is wrong with the Indian cricket, hardly a worth of a final for your premium first class competition. A total shame and hardly any crown to witness it, why would they?

  • QingdaoXI on January 28, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Those who say Saurashtra were missing 2 players and that is the reason for the thrashing they received, its not correct they were on National duty and that was a important one and it is not complusory that every one will play in the match. If you people think it would have been better 2 keep this match in next week Mumbai too would have become more strong with the arrival of Rahane, Rohit and injured Zaheer and Powar.

  • fod-c8w on January 28, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    vish: Mukund played 8 games, 320 runs, avg 29.09 in Ranjis this year. Vijay played 5 games, 138 runs, avg 17.25 this year.

    How abysmal those seasons are can be judged by a simple fact - Bombay team alone had *nine* batsmen this year who averaged more than Mukund, and *thirteen* batsmen who averaged more than Vijay. There was a reason TN team was nowhere close to making knockouts.

    If the ROI team for the Irani Trophy is picked on actual performance this season (as it should be), neither Vijay nor Mukund should be anywhere close to that squad. Gambhir and Sehwag are obvious - but even other than that, a young opener (Jiwanjot) happens to be the #1 rungetter in Ranjis this season, Dhawan averaged 51 (mediocre, but miles better than Mukund/Vijay) etc etc.

    (BTW, Rohit Sharma played only 6 games - but made 712 runs at 71.20 this season - better than everyone mentioned above).

    c8w

  • cgkirtikar on January 28, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Kudos to Mumbai, but I feel events like Ranji knockouts leading up to the finals must be played with full strength teams. So ideally BCCI should have waited for the Indo-Eng matches to get over so both Saurashtra and Mumbai would have been at full strength ! It would have been a better matchup with Pujara, Jadeja, Rahane and Rohit in the fray ! Hope the Ranji trophy gets better coverage than the overrated IPL....

  • rixon4u on January 28, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Kulkarni deserved MOM for his excellent bowling performance

  • Jacobchikku on January 28, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Congrts to Mumbai...

    But whats the Role of BCCI and MSD ? what cheap politics they are playing to deny the chances for Jadeja and the Pujara, it was cruel from the Captain and wonder when he will be played back for such things?

    Does someone got the gut to push him out? Indian crickets fall has started and it will never comeback to winning ways if we have Such people on top of BCCI and as captain!!!

    Don't trust my words… Just wait n see!!!

  • Manu_reddy on January 28, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    Well played mumbai..congragulation for both d teams..d kulakarni,a nayar,jackson have potential to play for india n all d very best for them....thanks for d entertainment...

  • Paddy789 on January 28, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    W Jaffer & A Agarkar both at 34, can they make a comeback to Indian team ??

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 28, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Congrats Mumbai team!! This is the folly of Ranji Trophy. Teams like Saurashtra get into finals by preparing flat pitches and taking first innings lead. Their flat track bullies could not perform on a seaming wicket. Two players from this Mumbai team can walk straight into Indian squad - Wasim Jaffer and DS Kulkarni.

  • on January 28, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    Congratulations, Ajit & his team. All Mumbai bashers please note that mumbai played as a team. Unlike Saurashtra who were banking on Pujara & Jadeja plus beningn surfaces.True sheldon jackson , vasavada had some good performances but if you see the mumbai team there were excellent performances by agarkar, jaffer, Zaheer,kaustubh pawar. ankit chavan , Dhaval kularni & not to mention the lion hearted abhishek Nayar who actually won it for mumbai. Bad luck Saurashtra but its the team which wins championships not star individuals

  • on January 28, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    It makes no sense with this victory. Mumbai would have been tested for their batting and bowling if Jadeja and Pujara would have been in saurashtra team. Dhoni and BCCI should have released them for finals. We lost to Englnand and Saurashtra lost here,, and Pujara never got chance in final 11,,,,,, Was he taken as a visitor????

  • TATTUs on January 28, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Dhonis decision not release Pujara nor to play him was as if he wanted to convey to the general public or cricket caring people that 'Of Course, I dont care about you guys'. The decision to not play Pujara was definitely not made on the day of the match "looking at the conditions and looking at the prospect of the result" as is usually done. So they could have released Pujara for the Final.

    Congratulations Mumbai and they came good when it matters as they always do.

  • umesh66 on January 28, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Inspite of winning 40 out of 44 finals why are so many critisizng such champions? One should take cue from such legacy....and learn to value the winnig ways and dedication to hold such trophy 40 times. after all MUMBAI is MUMBAI.......gREAT TEAM to be proud of ........

  • shripadk on January 28, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    @vish57 Bihar has a team. It is called Jharkhand because most players who were playing for Bihar and its infrastructure were in Jharkhand. Stop whining about that. Players from today's Bihar are in Jharkhand team even now. Same with Chhattisgarh, their players play from Orissa. Just because our political system changed over time to split states or combine different states into one, does not mean sport teams have to suffer or keep increasing. There is no place for more teams in domestic circuits. Mumbai, Saurashtra, Baroda and many teams like this were traditionally different states / region. And they have strong enough local culture to produce top quality teams and players. These were independent states until they were dissolved to form new states. But sport does not have anything to do with that and traditional teams have continued with change happening only when there is real need of new team like in case of Jharkhand and few others. And ROI are winning Irani cup for last 7 years. ;)

  • terrainwarrior on January 28, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    An excellent win by Mumbai in Ranji trophy for the 40th time although it was quite one-sided.Don't think that the inclusion of Pujara or Jadeja wud have really mattered against such an opposition although it wud have made the contest interesting.Mumbai certainly have the reputation of being the best when it mattered & why they make such a dangerous opposition(remember 2010 ranji final with a splendid spell frm Agarkar).The khaddus attitude inculcated in the maidans & an xcellent domestic cricket structure churns out the best.i think BCCI shud take a cue from MCA & develop strong domestic structure all over India;something similar to Australia or South Africa & not bang on entertainment like IPL for selecting test cricketers.

  • on January 28, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    congratulation TO TEAM,

  • QingdaoXI on January 28, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Why on earth Mumbai Indians has released Rahane and Nayar from the team in 2011, its time to get bcak both of them one in auction and one through transfer. Give RP Singh and Suman to RR and take Rahane and Chavan back.

  • BeingCricketFan on January 28, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Its been an extreme effort by the Mumbai boys.. They haven put foot wrong after entering knock-out stages.. Duo Dhawal Kulkarni & Ajith Agarkar bowled extremly well in semies against Services and now against Saurashtra.

    Hopeing to see some guys in Indian team specialy Dhawal Kulkarni & Abhishekh Nayar (a handy medium pace bowling option).

  • deepakbsg on January 28, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    This is what happens if Saurastra play all thier matches on flat tracks.... they played most of their matches on flat track and the result is what u see... i poor final by any standard.....

  • vish57 on January 28, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    "A" Team tours are far better than Indian Domestic Cricket Championship; let BCCI consider, more "A' team tours to England, Aus, SA or WI so that we can distinguish class from mediocre. For Mumbai Fans to win Irani Cup, please do not worry, the Chief selector of BCCI will ensure the "right" team selection of ROI, for Mumbai to win and Mumbaikars to rejoice. May be 3 players who played for Saurathra in this Ranji Final, 3 players from MP who had gifted the match to Mumbai and few "budding" cricketers from Goa, Tripura, Services and Railways. Even after 65 years of independance we have 3 teams from Gujarath, 3 from Maharastra, ameture teams such as Services and Railways but no recognition to states such as Bihar, Chattisgarh. Long live BCCI and its patronage for selected few. We all will watch IPL auction with "anxiety" believing that there is no backdoor fixing in auction.

  • shripadk on January 28, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    This was as clinical as it gets. Lot of criticism about Mumbai reaching final on the back of draws. But look how they decimated the team who garnered reputation for scoring big. Sure they didnt have Pujara and Jadeja, but other in form players from their side were completely blown away in both innings. Good to see Agarkar still delivering for Mumbai, and rise of Kulkarni and Nayer as match winners. These 2 must be given chance in India squad soon. Nayer specially needs to be given a go at test level. Play him against Australia. Test him.

    Tough luck to Saurashtra, but they simply did not have enough quality to counter this Mumbai side. Now it is time for selectors to give the chance to right people in Indian squad. We have high hopes from you Mr. Patil. Please set reputations on the sideline and pick a side from players that have actually performed in the Ranji trophy for tests. Our ODI squad is doing good. Test squad is in bad shape. Time to inject new blood now.

  • Haleos on January 28, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Congrats Mumbai but your negative approach when you did not chase a chase able target was pathetic. Guess any Indian domestic team would have done the same. It is reminiscent of Dhoni and a proof why India struggles to win on international stage. The best domestic team plays negative cricket.

  • Maratha-Mumbaikar on January 28, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Congrats Mumbai Team. Very well played in the end. All Mumbaikars are proud of you. Well played again. Hope to see some Mumbai ranji players in Mumbai Indians IPL team, so that we can win this IPL too, many times. Whatever people say MUMBAI ARE CHAMPIONS FOR THE 40TH TIME.

  • QingdaoXI on January 28, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Congratulations Mumbai Ranji team, well done boys, now its turn to beat Rest of India after long time. Team vs ROI: Jaffer, Tare, Rahane, Tendulkar, Rohit, Nayar, Shah, Chavan/ Dabholkar, Agarkar, Kulkarni, Zaheer/ Javed. Go and win the Irani trophy too guys.

  • vish57 on January 28, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Sandip Patil, by not releasing Jadeja, Pujara, Rohit Sharma and Rahane ensured a farse final to ensure Mumbai are champions; such an one sided final in less than 3 days demonstrates the quality of Indian Domestic cricket standard. Atleast let the selectors due justice to Irani Cup team selection and a ground that helps seam/swing as well spins later and a team who can knock the doors of test team; Do not give chance to Shewag or Gambir, Vijay/Mukund as well Amit Mishra performed decently in the oppurtunity given to them, no doubt they are not favorites of selectors or captain like Rohit Sharma, Chawla or Ashwin. Not worthied to discuss this.

  • vish57 on January 28, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Sandip Patil, by not releasing Jadeja, Pujara, Rohit Sharma and Rahane ensured a farse final to ensure Mumbai are champions; such an one sided final in less than 3 days demonstrates the quality of Indian Domestic cricket standard. Atleast let the selectors due justice to Irani Cup team selection and a ground that helps seam/swing as well spins later and a team who can knock the doors of test team; Do not give chance to Shewag or Gambir, Vijay/Mukund as well Amit Mishra performed decently in the oppurtunity given to them, no doubt they are not favorites of selectors or captain like Rohit Sharma, Chawla or Ashwin. Not worthied to discuss this.

  • QingdaoXI on January 28, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Congratulations Mumbai Ranji team, well done boys, now its turn to beat Rest of India after long time. Team vs ROI: Jaffer, Tare, Rahane, Tendulkar, Rohit, Nayar, Shah, Chavan/ Dabholkar, Agarkar, Kulkarni, Zaheer/ Javed. Go and win the Irani trophy too guys.

  • Maratha-Mumbaikar on January 28, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Congrats Mumbai Team. Very well played in the end. All Mumbaikars are proud of you. Well played again. Hope to see some Mumbai ranji players in Mumbai Indians IPL team, so that we can win this IPL too, many times. Whatever people say MUMBAI ARE CHAMPIONS FOR THE 40TH TIME.

  • Haleos on January 28, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Congrats Mumbai but your negative approach when you did not chase a chase able target was pathetic. Guess any Indian domestic team would have done the same. It is reminiscent of Dhoni and a proof why India struggles to win on international stage. The best domestic team plays negative cricket.

  • shripadk on January 28, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    This was as clinical as it gets. Lot of criticism about Mumbai reaching final on the back of draws. But look how they decimated the team who garnered reputation for scoring big. Sure they didnt have Pujara and Jadeja, but other in form players from their side were completely blown away in both innings. Good to see Agarkar still delivering for Mumbai, and rise of Kulkarni and Nayer as match winners. These 2 must be given chance in India squad soon. Nayer specially needs to be given a go at test level. Play him against Australia. Test him.

    Tough luck to Saurashtra, but they simply did not have enough quality to counter this Mumbai side. Now it is time for selectors to give the chance to right people in Indian squad. We have high hopes from you Mr. Patil. Please set reputations on the sideline and pick a side from players that have actually performed in the Ranji trophy for tests. Our ODI squad is doing good. Test squad is in bad shape. Time to inject new blood now.

  • vish57 on January 28, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    "A" Team tours are far better than Indian Domestic Cricket Championship; let BCCI consider, more "A' team tours to England, Aus, SA or WI so that we can distinguish class from mediocre. For Mumbai Fans to win Irani Cup, please do not worry, the Chief selector of BCCI will ensure the "right" team selection of ROI, for Mumbai to win and Mumbaikars to rejoice. May be 3 players who played for Saurathra in this Ranji Final, 3 players from MP who had gifted the match to Mumbai and few "budding" cricketers from Goa, Tripura, Services and Railways. Even after 65 years of independance we have 3 teams from Gujarath, 3 from Maharastra, ameture teams such as Services and Railways but no recognition to states such as Bihar, Chattisgarh. Long live BCCI and its patronage for selected few. We all will watch IPL auction with "anxiety" believing that there is no backdoor fixing in auction.

  • deepakbsg on January 28, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    This is what happens if Saurastra play all thier matches on flat tracks.... they played most of their matches on flat track and the result is what u see... i poor final by any standard.....

  • BeingCricketFan on January 28, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Its been an extreme effort by the Mumbai boys.. They haven put foot wrong after entering knock-out stages.. Duo Dhawal Kulkarni & Ajith Agarkar bowled extremly well in semies against Services and now against Saurashtra.

    Hopeing to see some guys in Indian team specialy Dhawal Kulkarni & Abhishekh Nayar (a handy medium pace bowling option).

  • QingdaoXI on January 28, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Why on earth Mumbai Indians has released Rahane and Nayar from the team in 2011, its time to get bcak both of them one in auction and one through transfer. Give RP Singh and Suman to RR and take Rahane and Chavan back.

  • on January 28, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    congratulation TO TEAM,