The Indian test deputy of Virat Kohli, Mumbai born Ajinkya Rahane will act as a stand-in skipper for his home city in the upcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy.
He is off the duty due to the shortly starting Unimoni Asia Cup 2018. He will be the captain of the Mumbai side in the first four games of the Hazare Trophy competition.
The Mumbai wicket-keeper batsman Aditya Tare was the long-standing Mumbai skipper for the last four to five years but recently he has shown a sharp dip in his batting form. And this had led to the decision of making a more experienced skipper in the form of Indian vice-captain.
Though Tare’s wicket-keeping skills are still the best in the city and that’s why he continues to be an integral part of the side according to the senior selector and former Indian fast bowler Ajit Agarkar. Agarkar is very excited to get the services of Indian vice-captain Rahane for whatever time he is available for the city’s matches.
About Tare, Agarkar said to TOI, “We’ve got the India vice-captain playing this time for Mumbai, which hasn’t happened in the last few years. We’re quite happy that he’s available. Shreyas is India A captain. So, it’s not about removing anyone. We’ll take a call (on who will captain Mumbai in Ranji Trophy) seeing who’s available at that point in time. Tare is still an important, senior player for us. He’s our first-choice wicketkeeper. He’s been around for a while, and we need experience.”
This tournament is important for both Tare as well as Rahane. Tare has shown poor numbers in all three formats for Mumbai in the last year’s season. He was poor in Ranji Trophy as well as other limited overs tournaments. While Rahane also suffered from a lean patch in England test series by his standards as well as lost his place in the Indian limited overs side.
Mumbai squad for the Vijay Hazare Trophy:
Ajinkay Rahane (C), Prithvi Shaw, Jay Bista, Suryakumar Yadav, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Eknath Kerkar, Shivam Dubey, Akash Parkar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shams Mulani, Vijay Gohil, Tushar Deshpande, Roston Dias