Mumbai start favourites against Saurashtra in Ranji Trophy final
The sheer weight of having senior cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, captain Ajit Agarkar and Wasim Jaffer along with top performers like Abhishek Nayar and wicketkeeper Aditya Tare in their ranks tilts the scale heavily in favour of the 39-time champions.
West Zone rivals Saurashtra, who have advanced to the summit clash for the first time, are the underdogs in the five-day clash on a wicket that is believed to be loaded heavily in favour of the pace bowlers, at least initially.
However the hosts, who have lost just four finals out of the 43 they had figured in, in the long history of the national championship, are not taking things for granted.
"I am very happy with the way it has gone for us, from struggling a bit to qualifying and being in the final. Saurashtra, obviously, is a tough opposition who we cannot underestimate," said Agarkar at the pre-match media conference today.
"It's a one-off game and we need to be at our best. Looking forward to the game," said the wiry former India pacer who had notched up an important century against Services in the semi-final at the Palam ground in New Delhi.
Saurashtra skipper, Jaydev Shah, said that it was very important for his team to get off to a flying start.
"It's a very big game
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