Ranji Trophy: Shardul Thakur stars as Mumbai clinch fifth win

In a dominant display of bowling prowess, Shardul Thakur led Mumbai to their fifth victory of the season in the Ranji Trophy. Thakur’s exceptional performance, claiming a match haul of 10 wickets for 52 runs, proved decisive as Mumbai thrashed Assam within just two days of play. Facing Thakur’s relentless bowling attack, Assam struggled to put up any resistance, lasting only 65.1 overs across both innings combined. Thakur’s stellar showing marked only his second first-class appearance since the Centurion Test in December, reaffirming his status as a formidable force in the cricketing arena.

Not to be outdone, Shivam Dube continued his impressive form in the 2024 season, contributing significantly with the bat for Mumbai. Dube’s resilient unbeaten knock of 121 runs rescued Mumbai from a precarious position, lifting them from a challenging 110 for 5 in the first innings. This remarkable innings, which showcased Dube’s counter-attacking style, marked his second century in first-class cricket this season, further solidifying his reputation as a key player in Mumbai’s campaign.