Mumbai is locking horns with Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy final that commenced on Wednesday, 22 June. The firm favorites leading into the final match, Mumbai have put up strong batting performances in the tournament so far. In Sarfaraz Khan, they have the highest run-scorer this edition, and in Yashasvi Jaiswal they have someone who scored centuries in both the innings of the semi-finals.
Mumbai has form concerns with skipper, Prithvi Shaw, who has not scored a century in the knockouts, despite getting starts. However, ahead of the final, Shaw shared that he is not concerned about not getting centuries and said that it is only a matter of time that he starts middle the balls.
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Explaining the same, Prithvi Shaw said, “I have scored a couple (three) of fifties but that’s not enough for me for sure and no one even congratulated me after scoring a fifty and you feel bad as well (jokingly). It happens sometimes but I am glad that my team is doing well. As a captain, I have to think of all 21 players I have got here and not just about me.”
He further explained, “In cricket and in life, the graph always goes up and down and it’s never going to always go up. So it’s a just a matter of time that I middle those balls and get those big runs again. But right now, I want to ensure that my team is doing fine and is enjoying its game.”
Prithvi Shaw was highly rated since he burst out onto the stage, but he has failed to maintain the consistency, and a lot of that has happened due to his fitness. Although, he said that that is something that is not bothering him at the moment.
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Elaborating the same, Prithvi Shaw said, “It’s nowhere near my mind you know come back to the Indian team. Getting the Cup is my main motive and not thinking anything other than winning this one. The preparation for what we have done for the Ranji Trophy and not focusing on what’s happening on the outside. It’s about winning the Ranji Trophy and getting those happy moments back.”