Mumbai coach Vinayak Samant wants to focus on regaining Ranji title

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MUMBAI: Aware of that 41-time champions Mumbai didn’t do properly within the Ranji Trophy final season, reappointed coach Vinayak Samant has determined to focus on the longer format and rectify the previous errors.

In Samant’s first stint because the coach final season, Mumbai gained the Vijay Hazare ODI match after a number of years, however failed to recreate the magic within the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 match and Ranji Trophy.

“I’m only focusing on what mistakes we did (last season) and we have to rectify them. We have to focus more on the Ranji Trophy, (and at the same time) on ODIs and T20s,” Samant informed PTI on Wednesday.

“We did well in the ODI tournament and T20 tournament, but we were not able to do a good job in the Ranji Trophy (last season). So, my main focus (this time) is the Ranji Trophy,” he defined.

Samant, 46, was given a second straight time period after former Mumbai wicket-keeper Sulakshan Kulkarni refused to signal the contract supplied to him.

“We have to nurture talent for Mumbai and if the process is right, the outcome will be good,” Samant mentioned.

Young prodigy Prithvi Shaw, who made his India debut final yr, has been suspended for eight months by the BCCI for anti-doping violation.

After the suspension, Shaw would once more be enjoying within the Samant-coached outfit if he’s picked within the Mumbai squad for any of the tournaments.

Asked what recommendation he would give Shaw, Samant mentioned, “I will keep it simple. You have to be very disciplined and if you are not disciplined, it will go haywire. I will tell him (Shaw) to be disciplined.”

“He is a good boy and he understands that. I am hoping that he will change his approach towards the game and do well for Mumbai as well as the country,” he additional mentioned.

“Mumbai has lot of talented players. In the past, we have won the Ranji Trophy (without star players) – there was no Sachin Tendulkar or Sanjay Manjrekar – but we did it. We want to make sure that we play positive and in crisis we have to be together,” added Samant.