Ranji Trophy: After crushing the 41-time defending champions Mumbai in the season finale, Madhya Pradesh (MP) made history and won their first-ever Ranji Trophy championship.
At the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, MP, led by Aditya Shrivastava, defeated Mumbai by six wickets. After scoring 374 runs, Mumbai batted effectively in their first innings. To assist their team in achieving 536 in the first innings, three MP batters—Yash Dubey, Shubham Sharma, and Rajat Patidar—all smashed magnificent hundreds.
As a response, a lot of Mumbai batsmen received starts in their second innings, but none of them were able to turn it into a significant total because the domestic powerhouse gave up after scoring 269 runs.
Ranji Trophy: Mumbai VS Madhya Pradesh Match Highlights
Madhya Pradesh won their first championship on Sunday after defeating Mumbai by six wickets in the championship match. Madhya Pradesh, which needed 108 runs to win the championship, reached the objective in the second session thanks to the undefeated 30s of Rajat Patidar and Shubham Sharma.
Along with Yash Dubey, Sharma and Patidar also scored hundreds in the first innings. On Day 5, Kumar Kartikeya took four wickets with the ball as Madhya Pradesh bowled Mumbai out for 269 runs. Suved Parkar of Mumbai made 51 off of 58 while Sarfaraz Khan added 45, but Mumbai continued to lose wickets often and was eventually bowled out for 269 in the first session.
Kartikeya claimed four wickets, but Gaurav Yadav and Parth Sahani both took two. Mumbai put up a quick batting display in their second innings the day before, reaching 113 for two at stumps after 22 overs. Earlier, Madhya Pradesh secured a critical 162-run lead in the first innings with to Rajat Patidar’s outstanding 122 and Saransh Jain’s 57.
With Patidar undefeated on 67 and captain Aditya Shrivastava playing at 11, MP started their innings at 368 with three wickets lost. Patidar continued to hit 122 off 219 balls with 20 fours in total. Saransh Jain ultimately completely frustrated Mumbai’s bowlers and scored fifty runs.
Ranji Trophy: Player Of The Match & Series
The Madhya Pradesh team huddled together in front of the audience at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium under the direction of coach Chandrakant Pandit. Notably, Pandit guided MP to its first Ranji Trophy final in the 1989–1990 season. However, in the title match, their squad fell to Karnataka. He would be relieved that MP, under his direction, finally won the title after 23 years.
“Me and the entire team is emotional. First time we have won and it is a great feeling. I learnt a lot from the first innings and Chandrakant sir also spoke to me. I was trying to give my best in every game but fortunately the best came out in the final.” Shubham Sharma, while revising award.
Sarfaraz Khan, a great batter for Mumbai, was named the tournament’s player of the year for his stunning hits throughout the competition. Numerous analysts and pundits have taken notice of the right-handed batter who scored 982 runs during the season.
“Credit goes to my father. I am just trying to score as many runs and stay at the wicket for as long as possible. I keep trying to play as many games as I can. From my childhood we have been playing and we know how to play in what situation.” Sarfaraz Khan.