Thursday, April 18

Mumbai Celebrates Ranji Trophy Win: Rahane Praises BCCI for Prioritizing Domestic Cricket

Mumbai Celebrates Ranji Trophy Win: Rahane Praises BCCI for Prioritizing Domestic Cricket

Elated after securing Mumbai’s record-extending 42nd Ranji Trophy title, captain Ajinkya Rahane and coach Omkar Salvi reflected on their triumphant run. The celebrations were not just about the victory, but also an appreciation for the BCCI’s renewed focus on domestic cricket.

Rahane Lauds BCCI’s Commitment to Domestic Cricket

While acknowledging the contribution of every player in their championship run, Rahane specifically commended the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for prioritizing domestic tournaments. “I want to mention [about] BCCI for giving importance to domestic cricket, which is a [very] good thing. Allowing players to participate in domestic cricket is very important,” he emphasized.

This renewed focus by the BCCI aligns with the concerns raised by head coach Omkar Salvi. He highlighted the financial security aspect for domestic cricketers, many of whom lack job opportunities outside of cricket. The lure of franchise cricket with its hefty payouts can be a significant distraction.

Salvi praised the BCCI’s efforts to raise prize money and the Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) decision to match that amount. This additional financial security, he believes, will provide stability and allow players to focus more on their game.

Mumbai’s Depth on Display at Ranji Trophy

For Rahane, the victory signifies the immense depth within Mumbai cricket. “This victory means a lot to us,” he said. “It is very special since almost 10 players were representing India or India A across formats, which is a very good sign.”

He expressed his pride in the players who are currently representing India and emphasized the team’s dominance throughout the season.

Mumbai’s Grit Shuts the Door on Vidarbha Comeback

While Mumbai rejoiced in their victory, former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar offered words of encouragement to the Vidarbha team. Captain Akshay Wadkar acknowledged Mumbai’s resolute batting in the second innings as the deciding factor in the match. “The way Mumbai batted in the second innings, they showed a lot of determination and courage,” he admitted. “We tried to take wickets or create chances, but they gave nothing for us to come back in the game.”

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