While veteran batsman Ajinkya Rahane remains sidelined with a stiff neck, Shreyas Iyer’s surprise inclusion in the Mumbai Ranji Trophy squad has grabbed headlines. Facing Andhra Pradesh from January 12-15, Mumbai aims to extend their winning start to the season after crushing Bihar in the opener.
Iyer’s availability presents a much-needed opportunity for the middle-order maestro. Dropped from India’s upcoming T20 series against Afghanistan and struggling in South Africa’s Test matches, Iyer seeks crucial red-ball practice before the five-match Test series against England in late January. This Ranji match in his hometown provides the perfect platform to regain form and confidence.
However, Mumbai suffers the absence of Sarfaraz Khan and Tushar Deshpande, who represent India A against England Lions. Fast bowler Sylvester Dsouza and opener Amogh Bhatkal join the squad, adding fresh faces to the veteran-led unit.
Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh arrives with momentum after taking first-innings lead against Bengal in their opening match. The clash promises exciting competition as Mumbai, the 41-time Ranji champions, looks to maintain their dominance against a determined Andhra side.
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