The Ranji Finals between Mumbai and Karnataka was a close run thing this year with Mumbai pipping Karnataka to the post with a whisker. The Ranji Trophy deserved a close and well-fought final and that’s what we got.
The big news is that Manish Pandey has arrived. After a lack-lustre beginning to his career where he bombed in the last U19 World Cup (which India won with Virat Kohli as captain) and after an ordinary initial Ranji season for Karnataka, he bootstrapped his career with a scintillating IPL-2 and a Ranji season this year.
At 882 runs this season, he tops the run-scorers’ list in the Ranji’s.
I think that it is a matter of time before he breaks into the Indian Test and ODI team. I know it is a big call and with Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara in the queue ahead of him for a Team India Test cap, it is perhaps even a foolish call to make. But I’d like to watch this lad grow in stature. I feel he has what it takes.
But what about this catch that Pandey took to get Abhishek Nayar out in the Mumbai 2nd innings. I don’t think I have seen a better catch on a cricket field!