Ajinkya Rahane Praises BCCI For Giving Importance To Domestic Cricket


Veteran player Ajinkya Rahane understands the importance of participating in domestic matches to become a struggling cricketer. So it came as no surprise when the batsman on Thursday lauded the BCCI for motivating players to excel in red-ball cricket. The BCCI has been actively urging senior cricketers to play red-ball cricket, including in domestic competitions like the Ranji Trophy. “I want to mention the BCCI for giving importance to domestic cricket, which is very good. It is very important to allow players to play domestic cricket,” Rahane said after leading Mumbai to a record 42nd Ranji Trophy title.

The board had recently removed middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer and wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan from the central contract list for not following the Indian team management's advice to play Ranji Trophy to regain their form and prove their fitness.

Talking about the win, Rahane said that Mumbai will have to repeat this performance in the next season.

Mumbai won the major domestic competition for the first time since 2015–16, defeating Vidarbha by 169 runs in the final here at the Wankhede Stadium.

In fact, for the Ranji Trophy giants, it was their 11th win in 13 finals at the Wankhede alone.

“For us, what is important is that (over the last few years, as a team we have been playing good cricket. Our players are really going into the Indian team and representing the Indian team which is Mumbai Cricket. It's again a very good sign for India,” Rahane said to the media after leading his team to the title win.

“I am not too worried about other teams, but from here, for Mumbai cricket, it is important to keep moving forward, keep thinking about how we can improve as a team in all formats. We will look forward to the times ahead.” We want to repeat it in the next few years so our focus will be on that,” Rahane said.

Rahane said Mumbai can be proud of the fact that many of their players are either playing for India in all formats or have been in the national team in recent times.

“This win means a lot to us. As you mentioned, it is very special, (Mumbai) are representing about 10 players across all formats and that is a very good sign. We are all happy for those guys. Who are currently representing India.” D) Mumbai team,” Rahane said.

The win also ended the career of Mumbai and India fast bowler Dhawal Kulkarni, who retired after taking 281 wickets in 95 first-class matches, while also playing 12 ODIs and two T20Is for the country.

Kulkarni said that he has no complaints about not having a long career on the international stage.

Kulkarni said, “Bygones are bygones, I focus on the future rather than what happened in the past. I know I should have played more cricket for the Indian team.”

The right-arm fast bowler said he would be available to play any role that would keep him involved in the game.

Kulkarni said, “I haven't thought much about it but cricket has given me so much that I want to give it back to cricket. Be it coaching or whatever I get, I want to give it back to cricket.” Am.”

Kulkarni, who had the unique distinction of taking the first and last wicket in the final, said Mumbai always remained patient against Vidarbha's resistance.

“Winning the final the hard way is what you want to do and that's what we did as a team. We kept our nerve, put pressure on, bowled really well, all the bowlers did well, you could say bowled a partnership. And Kulkarni said, that's what we did.

“We didn't lose our nerve. In the end we knew we wanted a wicket, we wanted to break that partnership,” he said.

Rahane, who described Mumbai head coach Omkar Salvi as having a 'low-profile' in domestic cricket, said he has made a huge difference.

“Huge difference. Credit goes to him. Our journey as a team started from June (in 2023) and it was all because of Omkar's vision,” Rahane said.

“As a team we had some vision but it came from Omkar so he focused on fitness, created a great culture in the team, gave freedom to all the players not only on the field but also off the field. When someone performs well, you have to support that person,” he said.

Kulkarni supported Rahane and said that Salvi created the right environment for his team.

Kulkarni said, “I also want to say that when you want a coach, you want to be a good friend of the team you are coaching. Omkar is someone who everyone respects. He Has helped me a lot in my bowling career.” Added.

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