Ranji Trophy Semi-Final: Shreyas Iyer In Focus As Mumbai Take On Tamil Nadu

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Out-of-favour India’s Shreyas Iyer will be driven to prove a point and provide a timely reminder of his skill set when the record 41-time champions Mumbai face Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal in Mumbai on Saturday. Iyer, who was dropped from the Indian Test team and removed from the BCCI’s list of contractual players after failing to make himself available for the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal owing to groyne and back problems, has fully recovered and will join Mumbai for the crucial match.

Iyer would be crucial in Mumbai’s plans, particularly against Tamil Nadu’s strong spin bowling, which has been one of their main weapons this season.

Skipper R Sai Kishore (47 wickets) and fellow left-arm spinner S Ajith Ram (41) are at the top of the list of highest wicket-takers, providing Iyer and Co. with an excellent opportunity to make a big statement.

The semifinal promises to be an exciting match between Tamil Nadu’s consistent and disciplined bowlers and batters who have scored a lot of runs this season, and Mumbai’s all-round strength.

Mumbai have advanced to the semi-finals thanks to timely performances from a variety of players, with the exception of captain Ajinkya Rahane, who has only one fifty in six matches.

None of the Mumbai bowlers have made it into the top ten in terms of wicket-takers – Mohit Avasthi (32) is 13th — yet they find themselves in the last four, with their bowlers sharing the effort efficiently.

Both Mumbai and Tamil Nadu are coming off spectacular quarterfinal victories.