Eliminated Mumbai to be without Tare, Iyer for Chhattisgarh tie
Shreyas Iyer loses his wicket. (PTI Image)

After enduring a forgettable Ranji Trophy season that saw their campaign end, 41-time champions Mumbai have dropped former captain Aditya Tare for their final league match against Chhattisgarh starting January 7. Out of seven games, of which Mumbai have failed to win even a single match while losing two, Tare has scored 370 runs at an average of 33.36 with one century and three fifties.

Tare, who led Mumbai to the Ranji Trophy title in 2015-16, and a runner-up finish a year later, is not the only one who Mumbai would be without, Shreyas Iyer, who complained about his fatigue, is out with a back injury and will be replaced by the experienced Dhawal Kulkarni. Taking Tare’s place in the side would be youngster Yashasvi Jaiswal – in line for his First-Class debut, whereas Eknath Kerkar would be taking over the wicketkeeping duties.

Jaiswal, 16, has been promising for India Under 19 with scores of 85 against Sri Lanka, 92 against Afghanistan and 104 against Nepal in the Youth ODIs in September-October last year. He was included in Mumbai’s first game of the season against Railways but couldn’t make it to their Playing XI.

Jaiswal is coming off an unbeaten 160 against Andhra for the Mumbai Under-23 team in the CK Nayudu Trophy. Last month, he had smashed an 82-ball century for the Mumbai under-19 team against Chhattisgarh in the Cooch Behar Trophy.