Rohit to play Vijay Hazare knockouts for Mumbai

Mumbai was shot in the arm before the knockouts of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, India's national competition in a single day, after Rohit Sharma was available for his local team. Mumbai will play their quarterfinals next week and Rohit will play for Mumbai until they are alive in the tournament or until they have to join the India ODI team to face the West Indies.

Rohit was "very interested" in playing for Mumbai Last week he faced Maharashtra, said head coach Ajit Agarkar, but decided to play in the quarterfinals as Mumbai had already qualified for the last 16. Rohit played for the last time in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in the 2016-17 season, with scores of 16 against Andhra and 4 against Goa. Those were the last two games of the Mumbai league that season and they won both but could not make it to the knockout stages.

This season, they broke into the last 16 with an undefeated run in Group A, recording six wins in the same number of matches completed. They were propelled by the presence of three internationals in their batting lineup: Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer and Prithvi Shaw, even before Rohit joined them. The three batters have been among the four best career scorers in Mumbai, with Rahane scoring 230 runs in three innings, Iyer overcoming two centuries in his 311 run count in four innings and Shaw accumulating 287 runs in three innings. While Rahane averaged the highest among them, his attack rate (83.03) was much lower compared to Iyer's 114.76 and Shaw's 143.50.

Rahane led the team initially, before Iyer took over when Rahane left for the West Indies Tests and Dhawal Kulkarni led them when Iyer played the warm-up two days before the test series. Iyer will lead them again in the round of 16, despite the presence of Rohit, who led India's ODI side in the victorious Asian Cup campaign.

The quarterfinals begin on October 14, making them face the second Test against the West. Indians, leaving Mumbai without Rahane, Shaw and Shardul Thakur again.


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