‘Despite Being Lowest Scorer for My Team, I am the Happiest Man’ – Ajinkya Rahane Following Ranji Trophy Win
By SMCS - Mar 15, 2024 8:34 am
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Veteran India player Ajinkya Rahane might have faced a poor run with the willow but he was the “happiest man” at the Wankhede here on Thursday, having led Mumbai to their 42nd Ranji Trophy title as well. However, Mumbai beat Vidarbha by 169 runs to win the trophy. Rahane ended the tournament with only 214 runs and placed at ninth among Mumbai’s run-getters. But his timely 73 in the second innings of the final, and a 130-run stand with young centurion Musheer Khan helped the team as well.

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“Even though I am the lowest scorer for my team, I am the happiest to lift the trophy. As a player, you will have ups and downs. It’s about creating atmosphere in dressing room and enjoy each other’s success. This is a special moment,” Rahane said at the post-match presentation ceremony. “Last year, we failed to qualify for the knock-outs by one run. We had to create the right culture and attitude in the team. We created a fitness culture and I would thank MCA for providing all the support.”

However, Ajinkya Rahane was all praise for Vidarbha’s fighting effort on the fourth and fifth day of the final as well.

“I want to appreciate Vidarbha’s fight. Chasing 538, giving up is easy but they played really well.”

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Meanwhile, Player of the Match Musheer Khan and Player of the Tournament Tanush Kotian were also thankful to their skipper for his guidance. However, Kotian thanked Rahane for helping him and he scored over 500 runs.

“I enjoyed batting with him,” said Musheer, adding, “During our partnership, he would very nicely explain what he wanted from me.”

“Last year I got a bit more confidence in my batting and I worked hard with my father. Ajju dada (that’s how youngsters in Mumbai team address him) also helped me a lot,” Kotian said. “We have played for Mumbai since our U-14 days. We toured for India U-19 (New Zealand). Whatever I say in his praise would be less. His contribution is laudable. Off- field experience sharing and not also with those not in team.”