Bengaluru: In a historic feat, Madhya Pradesh claimed its maiden Ranji Trophy title after beating Mumbai in the final of the 2022 season. Chasing a target of 108 in the fourth inning, Madhya Pradesh cruised to a win by 6 wickets. Mumbai cruised to the final steamrolling every opposition but was outplayed by a determined MP in the final.
Mumbai posted a healthy 374 in the first inning of the match, thanks to a brilliant century by Sarfaraz Khan (133). In reply, MP gained a healthy lead of 162 after Yash Dubey (133), Shubham Sharma (116) and Rajat Patidar (122) scored centuries. Mumbai was then bowled out for 269, on the back of an inspirational spell from Kumar Kartikeya, who took 4 wickets. MP needed just 108 runs to win and despite that they lost a few wickets, the win was never out of their reach.
Meanwhile, BCCI secretary Jay Shah and other former and current cricketers hailed MP for the magnificent win. “Congratulations Madhya Pradesh on winning the #RanjiTrophy2022! We’ve witnessed some terrific performances throughout the season. Great efforts by everyone @BCCI for ensuring another successful Ranji season amidst the pandemic,” wrote Shah.
Here’s what the skippers have to say after the match:
Aditya Shrivastava: Completely ecstatic. Generation kind of time has gone by since MP has won the Ranji Trophy for the first time. It is the moment of a lifetime for me. The emotions are deep, we are trying to laugh it out but we are extremely emotional from the inside. This has been my first year as captain and whatever I know about leading a side is from Chandrakant Sir. I would like to continue this. The stage is going to get to our mind but we have to stick to the process, that is what has got us here and will keep us here. That is the mantra we were speaking about in the meetings too. It is a good group coming through as we have been playing together from 2013. There is a good mix of youngsters and experienced players. Doing it once was not at all easy but it is going to be tougher to do it again.
Prithvi Shaw: I think the way the boys have played it is unbelievable. Lot of youngsters and new guys showed character and showed what Mumbai cricket is all about. Every day can’t be your day, MP guys batted and bowled well. We can learn from this and move forward. If you ask personally I could have batted longer, there will be ups and downs in cricket. All my focus was on what I can do better for the boys and team, surely will come back stronger next year. If you see the scorecard you can see the kind of talent we have; Arman, Sarfaraz, Suved are the future of Mumbai cricket. It is a proud moment for me to captain Mumbai. I really enjoyed playing under Amol sir, he’s really calm and tough and put in a lot of hard work this year. We didn’t get the cup but hope he’s happy with the effort we put in.