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Dhawal Kulkarni Bows Out A Champion As Rohit Sharma Pays Him A Tribute
By CricShots - Mar 14, 2024 7:15 pm
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Team India captain Rohit Sharma took to social media to celebrate a double dose of good news for Mumbai cricket. Not only did Mumbai secure their 42nd Ranji Trophy title on Thursday, but his former teammate Dhawal Kulkarni also ended his first-class career on a glorious note. Kulkarni, playing in his final match, played a crucial role in Mumbai’s emphatic 169-run victory over Vidarbha at the Wankhede Stadium.

Dhawal Kulkarni
Dhawal Kulkarni announces retirement

The 35-year-old pacer bagged six wickets in the final, including the crucial last wicket that sealed the win for Mumbai. Rohit Sharma, sharing his admiration on Instagram, called Dhawal Kulkarni “Mumbaicha Yoddha” (Warrior of Mumbai). Their shared history as Mumbai teammates shines through in this tribute, highlighting Kulkarni’s dedication to state cricket.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma applauded Dhawal Kulkarni

The win capped a thrilling encounter. Mumbai set a daunting target of 538 for Vidarbha to chase. While Vidarbha looked promising at the close of Day 4 with 248 runs on the board, Mumbai bowlers tightened their grip on the final day.

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Despite a valiant century by Vidarbha skipper Akshay Wadkar, the visitors were bowled out for 368 runs, handing Mumbai their first Ranji Trophy title since 2015-16. Dhawal Kulkarni’s contribution goes beyond his performance in this final. He has been a pillar for Mumbai cricket throughout his career. His debut in 2007 marked the start of a long and successful journey.

Fans fondly remember his role in Mumbai’s 40th Ranji Trophy win, where he picked up nine wickets, including a five-wicket haul in the second innings. Consistency has been his hallmark, consistently featuring as Mumbai’s top wicket-taker in several seasons. Across 42 Ranji Trophy matches, Dhawal Kulkarni has amassed an impressive 127 wickets at an average of 24.49, underlining his impact on the team’s success.

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With this victory, Mumbai further strengthens its position as the most dominant team in the Ranji Trophy’s history. The tournament also witnessed the heartwarming farewell of a true Mumbai legend in Dhawal Kulkarni, who leaves behind a legacy of dedication and exceptional bowling prowess.