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Mumbai continues to dominate Ranji Trophy
Bombay has changed to Mumbai, but the domination of Ranji Trophy has not changed hands since its first victory in the 1934-35, which marked the beginning of it's triumph in India's domestic cricket competition. Since then, Mumbai has won the prestigious title an amazing 40 times; the latest being the 2012-13 Ranji Trophy, where they defeated Saurashtra in the finals of the competition.

They have won it for a record number of times. Their best record was when they won it for a continuous period of 15 years from 1959-73. They were glorious years of Mumbai cricket. Since then they have always been dominating Ranji cricket and have helped in producing some of the best cricketers for India. Some of those names are Polly Umrigar, Vijay Merchant, Sachin Tendulkar, Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengarsarkar, Wasim Jaffer, Ajit Agarkar, Amol Muzumdar, Vinod Kambli and Sanjay Manjrekar, just to name a few.

It is obvious that Mumbai has dominated Ranji cricket for such a long time with cricketers of such class playing for them. These players did not have to look too far away for inspiration, if they wanted to play cricket. For instance, Sachin Tendulkar had Gavaskar to look up to and Wasim Jaffer had Tendulkar to look up to, so there was no dearth of inspiration. Hence, Mumbai has always been a champion side. Other teams hardly had any inspiring figures and even if they had any, it was a rarity.

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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