“Mumbai Cha Yoddha”: Rohit Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar’s Praise For Dhawal Kulkarni After Ranji Trophy Win


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Dhawal Kulkarni, who had a fairytale ending to his first-class career, was impressed by Mumbai captain Ajinkya Rahane's gesture when he handed him the ball to finish the game in place of Tushar Deshpande in the Ranji Trophy final. Kulkarni breached Umesh Yadav's defense and shattered the leg stump, ending Mumbai's eight-year wait to win the Ranji Trophy title.

Kulkarni walked off the field with tears in his eyes, ending his first-class career after leading Mumbai to their 42nd Ranji Trophy title.

“A cricketer's dream is to start and finish brilliantly. This is my 6th final, 5th time we have won and it will be a huge thing for me. It was an excellent performance, I did not expect (Rahane) him to do so. Kulkarni. Said after the game, and I have passed it on to the youngsters as well.

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Overall, Kulkarni had a memorable final as he took three wickets for just 15 runs in his 11-over spell in the first innings. In the second innings, the 35-year-old conceded runs but eventually Umesh got his first run after losing his wicket to the experienced fast bowler.

Earlier on the final day, Mumbai were left disappointed when Vidarbha captain Akshay Wadkar and Harsh Dubey fought valiantly to ensure they did not lose a single wicket in the first session while chasing 537.

However, after the dismissal of Wadkar (102), Vidarbha lost their remaining wickets in the space of five overs due to excellent Mumbai bowling.

Mumbai ended their eight-year wait for a Ranji Trophy title with a 169-run win.

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