Coming into the game, Jharkhand were low on both confidence and morale. They knew they had the potential, but had failed to convert it into performance and this took them to the bottom of the points table.
However, at the end of their first ever Ranji Trophy match against giants Mumbai, Jharkhand skipper Shahbaaz Nadeem was a happy man.
The Jharkhand team will return home with heads held high. Though they may have wasted their chance for a win due to a delayed declaration, first innings points and some brilliant performances against Mumbai by individuals have made realize their abilities.
“The performance against Mumbai has given us a lot of confidence. We have had the potential.
We will take a lot confidence from this game and try to deliver next season,” said Nadeem.
Overnight batsman Ishank Jaggi got his first century of the season before Jharkhand declared the innings at 278 for seven, setting Mumbai a daunting target of 365.
A shaky start followed by fall of wickets at crucial stages saw Mumbai heading for a loss.
However, Hiken Shah (21*, 118b) and Suryakumar Yadav (31*, 51b) saw their team to 115 for five ending the match in a draw as umpires called off the play after eight mandatory overs.
Meanwhile, Mumbai has a lot to take from this game before they head into another game against Orissa. Both batting and bowling are a concern.
Mumbai vice captain Aditya Tare agreed that they have to pull up their socks. “We started well in the first two days. However, Saurabh Tiwary played exceptional and took the game away from us. It is half way through the season, but we will to bounce back. We know where we went wrong and we need to learn a lot,” he said. Tare said it is a phase which they will overcome.