Mumbai Skipper Rahane Backs Iyer for Ranji Semifinal Despite Struggles

Mumbai Skipper Rahane Backs Iyer for Ranji Semifinal Despite Struggles

Mumbai skipper Ajinkya Rahane has expressed confidence in Shreyas Iyer's ability to perform in the upcoming Ranji Trophy semifinal against Tamil Nadu, despite the batter's recent struggles. Rahane believes Iyer's experience and contributions to Mumbai make him a valuable asset to the team.

"We all know he is an experienced player. His contribution for Mumbai has been amazing. Whenever he stands up for Mumbai, he has done really well, so I don't think he needs any encouragement or any advice," Rahane said.

Iyer will be eager to help Mumbai reach the final, especially against a Tamil Nadu team that includes his India teammate R. Sai Kishore. Kishore is delighted to have B. Sai Sudharsan and Washington Sundar back in the squad, as their experience and talent will boost the team's chances.

"Those two have worked hard in domestic and have gone there, they realize how important it is to show up here. We have played together for so many years and happy that they are in the team," Kishore said.

Former Mumbai stalwart Sulakshan Kulkarni, who is now the Tamil Nadu head coach, believes his intimate knowledge of Mumbai cricket will give his team an advantage.

"I have told my squad that Mumbai cricket is on my fingertips. I know each and every (player's) positives and negatives," Kulkarni said.

However, Mumbai head coach Omkar Salvi, who also learned the basics at Kulkarni's clinic, emphasized that proximity will not affect the team's focus during the semifinal.

"I have fond memories of playing under him in under-19. But, right now he is in the opposition dressing room. We will maintain distance for the next five days," Rahane said.

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