Mumbai cricket team

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Mumbai cricket team
Wankhede ICC WCF.jpg
Captain: Rohit Sharma
Coach: Sulakshan Kulkarni
Founded: 1930
Home ground:

Wankhede Stadium (capacity 45,000);

Brabourne Stadium, (capacity 30,000)
Ranji Trophy wins: 40
Irani Trophy wins: 16
Vijay Hazare Trophy wins: 2
Wills Trophy wins: 5
Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy wins: 1
Official website: MCA
For the IPL team, see Mumbai Indians.

The Mumbai cricket team is a cricket team representing the city of Mumbai in Indian domestic cricket. The team's primary home ground is the Wankhede Stadium in South Mumbai. Secondary home venues include the MCA ground in Bandra Kurla Complex and Brabourne Stadium. The team comes under the West Zone designation. It was formerly known as the Bombay cricket team, but changed when the city was officially renamed from Bombay to Mumbai.

Mumbai is the most successful team in the history of Ranji Trophy, India's premier domestic cricket competition, with 40 titles, the most recent being in 2012–13. It also has 16 Irani Trophy titles to its name, also the most by any team. Mumbai has produced some of the greatest Indian cricketers of all time such as Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Vijay Merchant, Polly Umrigar and Dilip Vengsarkar.

Competition history[edit]

Mumbai is one of three teams located in the state of Maharashtra (the others being the Maharashtra cricket team and the Vidarbha cricket team), and has always competed as a separate team from the rest of the state. Despite this division, Mumbai has become India's most successful domestic team. It has played in 44 of the 67 Ranji finals through 2014 winning 40.

Bombay won the first-ever Ranji Trophy competition in 1934–35 with Vijay Merchant starring in the final against Northern India. The title was retained the following season with a victory over Madras in the final. Bombay quickly showed themselves to be one of the strongest teams in the competition with 7 victories in the first 20 seasons of the Ranji Trophy. When playing Maharashtra in a semi-final of the 1948-49 season at Pune, Mumbai became the first and only team in first-class history to score over 600 runs in both innings of the same match - 651 and 714.[1]

However, it was after this period that their dominance was at its zenith. From 1955–56 to 1976–77, Bombay won 20 out of 22 titles including 15 in a row from 1958–59 to 1972–73. Bombay continued to regularly reach the Ranji Trophy final up to the mid-1980s.

The later half of the 1980s was Bombay's least successful period with no final appearances in 5 consecutive seasons. However, they were able to regain some of their former glory from the 1990s onwards winning an additional 6 Ranji Trophies from 1993–94 to 2003–04 under the new name of Mumbai.

In 2006–07, Mumbai won their 37th Ranji Trophy with victory over Bengal in the final at Wankhede Stadium. This win was particularly memorable as the team had recovered from the setbacks of losing their first three games, and being reduced to 0/5 in the semi-final against Baroda.

Mumbai's dominance of the Ranji Trophy has led to many consecutive appearances in the Irani Trophy with much success including 15 wins. However, they have failed to beat the Rest of India team since 1998.

Honours[edit]

1934–35, 1935–36, 1941–42, 1944–45, 1948–49, 1951–52, 1953–54, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1980–81, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1996–97, 1999–00, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2012–13
  • Ranji Trophy Runner-up: 4
1947–48, 1979–80, 1982–83, 1990–91

Famous players[edit]

Sachin Tendulkar

The team is known for its batting and spin bowling and has produced many of the Indian cricket team's top batsmen over the years. Players who have appeared in the national team include:

Current squad[edit]

Players with international caps are listed in Right ld.

No. Name Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Batsmen
Wasim Jaffer (1978-02-16) 16 February 1978 (age 36) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Siddhesh Lad (1992-05-23) 23 May 1992 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Kaustubh Pawar (1990-09-13) 13 September 1990 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Ajinkya Rahane (1988-06-05) 5 June 1988 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Hiken Shah (1984-11-15) 15 November 1984 (age 30) Left-handed Right-arm leg break
Rohit Sharma (1987-04-30) 30 April 1987 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm off break Captain
Suryakumar Yadav (1990-09-14) 14 September 1990 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm medium
All-rounders
Abhishek Nayar (1983-10-08) 8 October 1983 (age 31) Left-handed Right-arm medium
Wicket-keepers
Sushant Marathe (1985-10-16) 16 October 1985 (age 29) Right-handed
Aditya Tare (1987-11-07) 7 November 1987 (age 27) Right-handed
Bowlers
Iqbal Abdulla (1989-12-02) 2 December 1989 (age 24) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Vishal Dabholkar (1987-03-23) 23 March 1987 (age 27) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Javed Khan (1990-10-20) 20 October 1990 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Zaheer Khan (1978-10-07) 7 October 1978 (age 36) Right-handed Left-arm fast-medium
Dhawal Kulkarni (1988-12-10) 10 December 1988 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Aavishkar Salvi (1981-10-20) 20 October 1981 (age 33) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Harmeet Singh (1992-09-07) 7 September 1992 (age 22) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Pravin Tambe (1971-10-08) 8 October 1971 (age 43) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
Shardul Thakur (1991-10-16) 16 October 1991 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Kshemal Waingankar (1985-04-05) 5 April 1985 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast

Mumbai Cricket Association[edit]

The Mumbai cricket team is overseen by the Mumbai Cricket Association, which has established its home ground the Wankhede Stadium, an international cricket ground. The President of the Mumbai Cricket Association, Sharad Pawar, was also president of the BCCI.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Maharashtra v Bombay". http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk. Retrieved 3 September 2012.