All is not well within the Railways. Just a few days after Railways threatened to take action against the player not turning out for them in the Ranji Trophy, there’s more trouble brewing in the team.
Up against mighty Mumbai, the Railways have quietly omitted their wicket-keeper batsman Mahesh Rawat from the squad on the eve of the crucial match. Although the team management is tight-lipped, the reasons are obviously anything but performance related. “I don’t know why such a step has been taken. After being the top run-getter for the team for the last two seasons, I am hurt and disappointed. Anyways, I wish the team good luck,” said Rawat.
Controversies apart, the team might consider itself a bit unlucky as two of its matches couldn't be completed due to bad weather, and Tamil Nadu just managed a slender first innings lead against them. “That’s something we can’t change, but on both occasions when weather disrupted our matches, we were in the driver's seat and could have easily picked up three points each,” said Railways coach Abhay Sharma.
Anyways, he said, the boys haven’t given up and are eager to do well against Mumbai. “We are playing quite well, and we will certainly put up a good fight against Mumbai,” he said.
Mumbai though should start as favourites, but they too aren't without concerns, even after an outright win against Himachal Pradesh in the last match. And, quite surprisingly, the area of concern is their batting — normally their strength. The defending champions have had at least two major batting failures so far, and had it not been for centuries scored by Ramesh Powar and Ajit Agarkar, they would have been in a soup against Punjab and Himachal.
But then it’s common knowledge how Mumbai turn things around.