India played their 500th test last year in September. It was definitely history in making as the men in blue took the field against New Zealand in Kanpur. Similarly, though a domestic tournament, Ranji powerhouse Mumbai will play their 500th Ranji trophy match at their hallowed turf – the Wankhede Stadium. The near-full strength Mumbai team will give it their all against the young and rebuilding Baroda outfit.
In what might be called luck by chance, India’s test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane will be in the exclusive one member club of having played both the matches – India’s 500th test and Mumbai’s landmark 500th home match. Rohit Sharma, India’s limited over deputy to skipper Kohli will be missing the Mumbai finals as he returns from a long series against New Zealand.
Mumbai have dominated domestic cricket for years and it is no surprise that the team will be the first one to play 500 domestic matches on their home ground. The number of quality cricketers that Mumbai have given to the national team has been immense. The fact that Mumbai dominated from the west zone and that they entered 46 Ranji trophy finals, winning 41 of them and finishing runner-up in the other five, meant they got to play the knockouts on a regular basis, and hence more matches a season.
“It is a special game for us. It is a great feeling to be playing the 500th Ranji trophy game for a terrific side. It is going to be a great game for us. We feel we are quite fortunate to be the squad that will be playing the 500th game. There has been a huge contribution right from the inception of Mumbai cricket. Fortunately, it is us who are playing the milestone game. Congratulations to everyone who has been part of the Mumbai team,” said Mumbai team captain Aditya Tare.