The selectors choose the team on merit; hence not all players born in Mumbai represented Mumbai. They had to look for options elsewhere to play in the Ranji trophy. The depth of the Mumbai team can be understood when they have won Ranji trophy finals even when their top players are not playing, as they were on national duty.
Whenever the Mumbai team would play a Ranji match, people would turn out and watch the game, for they were aware of the quality of the players and the game. Even selectors would make an effort to come and watch the game and spot any young talent. It was felt in 1990s and 2000s that players who stood out for Mumbai in the domestic circuit would have a greater chance to represent India, for not every Tom, Dick and Harry can represent Mumbai. It was during this period where players such as Tendulkar, Manjrekar and Kambli played together in the Indian team.
There were others as well when the Indian team players would mostly comprise players from Mumbai. Though, the balance later shifted to Karnataka and Delhi, but still, there are players from Mumbai who are knocking on the selectors’ door every now and then. Rohit Sharma, seen as India's next Sachin Tendulkar, is also from Mumbai. Another Indian batsman who is making a mark with the Indian team is another Mumbai player, Ajinkya Rahane.
With the number of players such as A Tare, D Kulkarni, W. Jaffer and Ajit Agarkar still playing for Mumbai, the future of Mumbai team looks in safe hands.
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