Ranji Trophy 2022 final: Mumbai eye 42nd title, face Madhya Pradesh in Bengaluru

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Domestic cricket giants Mumbai will take on Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy 2022 final at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru starting on Wednesday, June 22.

Led by former India Under-19 World Cup-winning captain Prithvi Shaw, Mumbai reached their 47th Ranji Trophy final after pipping Uttar Pradesh in the semi-final match on the basis of a first innings lead.

Under head coach Amol Muzumdar, Mumbai continued their dominance in the ongoing edition of Ranji Trophy, having thrashed Uttarakhand by 725 runs in the quarter-final to record the biggest win in First Class cricket by runs. Mumbai broke the previous record held by New South Wales in 1930, securing a mammoth 685-run victory over Queensland.

Earlier, Mumbai also topped the Elite D Group after they defeated Goa and Odisha while their match against Saurashtra ended in a draw.

On the other hand, Madhya Pradesh defeated Bengal by 174 runs in the other semi-final encounter to storm into the Ranji Trophy finals for the first time since the 1998-99 season. Interestingly, Madhya Pradesh’s current coach Chandrakant Pandit was the captain of the team back then.

Under the leadership of Aditya Srivastava, Madhya Pradesh earlier hammered Punjab by 10 wickets in their quarter-final clash.

During the group stage, Madhya Pradesh topped Elite A after beating Gujarat and Meghalaya while their match against Kerala ended in a draw.

Mumbai are the most decorated team in Ranji Trophy history, having won the title a record 41 times. Under former captain Aditya Tare, Mumbai last won the Ranji Trophy title in the 2015-16 season, beating Saurashtra by an innings and 21 runs in the final.

Even though Mumbai will start as favourites to claim a record 42nd title, Madhya Pradesh will look to bring their A-game to clinch their maiden Ranji Trophy title.

Ahead of the mouth-watering Ranji Trophy 2022 final, here are some of the players to watch out for:

Kumar Kartikeya

Mumbai Indians spinner Kumar Kartikeya has been a revelation for Madhya Pradesh in the ongoing edition of the Ranji Trophy. The 24-year-old left-arm spinner has been the second highest wicket-taker this season, picking 27 wickets in five matches at an economy of just 1.92. Kartikeya was the wrecker-in-chief for his side against Bengal in their semi-final match as he bagged three wickets in the first innings followed by five wickets in the second innings.

Sarfaraz Khan

Mumbai’s Sarfaraz Khan has been the leading run-scorer in the Ranji Trophy 2022. The right-handed batter has amassed 803 runs in five matches at a staggering average of 133.83. The former Under-19 World Cup star has registered three hundreds and two fifties so far including smashing 275 against Saurashtra earlier this season.

Shams Mulani

Mumbai left-arm spinner Shams Mulani has been the highest wicket-taker in Ranji Trophy this season. The 25-year-old has claimed 37 wickets in five matches at an average of 14.59. Earlier in the group stage, Mulani bagged 11 wickets for 167 runs against Saurashtra. Apart from his bowling, Mulani has also contributed with the bat by scoring 292 runs at an average of 48.66 in the middle-order.