Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, and Mumbai Stars Bring Joy To Kids At Ranji Final
By CricShots - Mar 11, 2024 12:55 pm
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In the gripping final clash of the Ranji Trophy 2024 at Mumbai’s iconic Wankhede Stadium, the spotlight extended beyond the intense cricketing action. On Day 1, a heartwarming gesture from Mumbai’s cricketing trio – Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, and Prithvi Shaw – added a touch of joy to the proceedings.

Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane and Shreyas Iyer

Captured in a video shared by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the three Indian stalwarts were seen dedicating time to sign autographs for enthusiastic young fans at the stadium. The children, visibly thrilled and content, interacted with the star players, creating a memorable experience.

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BCCI domestic shared the video, stating, “Wonderful Support. Lovely Gesture. Smiles. Autographs. Selfies. @ajinkyarahane88, @ShreyasIyer15 & @PrithviShaw made the day special for the kids who came out in full force to support the cricketers at the Wankhede Stadium #RanjiTrophy | #Final | #MUMvVID.”

On the cricketing front, Vidarbha won the toss and chose to field. Mumbai faced a middle-order setback despite a promising start from the opening pair. The innings, however, took a turn for the better thanks to an outstanding performance by Shardul Thakur. Batting at No. 8, Thakur showcased his prowess with a spectacular 75 runs off 69 deliveries, embellished with eight boundaries and three sixes.

Mumbai concluded their first innings at a respectable total of 224 runs. In response, Vidarbha encountered a challenging situation in the last session of Day 1, losing three wickets for a mere 31 runs. Ajinkya Rahane and Shreyas Iyer had a challenging outing with the bat, contributing only 7 runs each.

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Despite a substantial opening partnership between Prithvi Shaw and Bhupen Lalwani, Mumbai faced difficulties against Vidarbha’s bowling attack. Shaw, however, displayed confidence during his innings, accumulating 46 runs off 63 balls. The stage is set for a thrilling continuation of the Ranji Trophy final at Wankhede Stadium.