Star India batter to play for Mumbai in Ranji Trophy 2024 match against Andhra
India’s middle-order batter will be playing for Mumbai in their upcoming Ranji Trophy 2024 match against Andhra Pradesh, slated from January 12-15 at MCA Sharad Pawar Cricket Academy Ground, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai.
Mumbai, the 41-time Ranji Trophy champions, had begun the 2023/24 season of the tournament with a thumping victory over Bihar in Patna by an innings and 51 runs at the Moin ul Haq Stadium in Patna and earned seven points from the win.
Shreyas Iyer’s availability for the Ranji Trophy game against Andhra comes after he was not picked for India’s upcoming three-match T20I series against Afghanistan, starting from January 11 in Mohali. The right-handed batter had an unimpressive time in the Test series in South Africa, making scores of 31 and 6 in Centurion, followed by 0 and four not out in Cape Town.
This news also hints at a possible exclusion from the opening England Test at home, given that the fixture will be just around the corner.
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Iyer last played a Ranji Trophy match for Mumbai in 2018 and the game against Andhra Pradesh at his hometown will give him the necessary red-ball game time ahead of India’s five-match Test series against England, starting from January 25 in Hyderabad, for which the squad is expected to be selected in coming days.
The Ajinkya Rahane-led Mumbai will be without batter Sarfaraz Khan and pacer Tushar Deshpande, as the duo will be turning out for India ‘A’ team in the two-day practice match and first multi-day game against England Lions in Ahmedabad, starting from January 12.
Rahane makes a return after missing the opening match against Bihar due to a stiff neck. Andhra Pradesh. Fast bowler Sylvester Dsouza and opener Amogh Bhatkal have been included in Mumbai squad.