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Mumbai Captain Ajinkya Rahane Out Of The Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Tournament Due to Injury

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| March 7 , 2019 , 20:17 IST

Domestic superpower Mumbai will miss the services of their skipper Ajinkya Rahane in the Super League stage of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament commencing on Friday, as the star batsman is recovering from niggles.

Besides, Mumbai, Karnataka, Bengal and Ranji and Irani Cup champions Vidarbha are some of the big teams that will fight it out in the Super League stage of the domestic T20 tournament. But all focus would be on Mumbai, who had won the Vijay Hazare Trophy this season and are raring to go all guns blazing in the knock-out stage after losing just one game in the league stage.

According to Mumbai's chairman of selectors, Ajit Agarkar, Rahane had "pushed through" the group stage but he needed rest to recover. In the league stage, Mumbai topped Group C, winning five out of six matches, but Rahane made just 58 runs at an average of 9.67.

"He (Rahane) was carrying niggles even during the league phase, which he kind of pushed through when we were in a bit of trouble. But he would not be 100 per cent (for Super League)," Agarkar said.

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It is learnt that in the absence of Rahane, Mumbai would be relying heavily on Shreyas Iyer and young gun Prithvi Shaw to deliver the goods for the side. Shaw, who returned to competitive cricket after recovering from an ankle injury sustained during the Test series in Australia, had just one half-century to his credit in the six matches he played in the league stage -- a 71 versus Goa. Iyer, on the other hand, was in splendid form, striking two hundred in the league stage.