Musheer Khan batted with ‘motivation to impress Sachin sir’. Musheer Khan spoke about batting in front of the legendary former India batter Sachin Tendulkar during the Rani Trophy final.

Mumbai and India Under-19 batter Musheer Khan got the motivation to convert his fifty into a century seeing Sachin Tendulkar in the stands during Day 3 of the 2023/24 Ranji Trophy final at the Wankhede Stadium. Musheer, who top-scored for Mumbai in their second innings of 418, and scored 136, has been in cracking form – his century coming on the back of a double-century in the quarterfinal against Baroda and a fifty in the semis against Tamil Nadu.

But for Musheer, the knock in the Ranji final promises to hold a special place as it not only has placed his team on the cusp of a 42nd title win but also made him the youngest Mumbai batter to score a century in the final of a Ranji Trophy – which coincidentally enough belonged to Tendulkar for 29 years.

“I did not even know that Sachin sir there. But when batting on 60, I saw on him on the big screen and (thereon) I batted with the motivation that he is watching today and I have to impress sir,” Musheer said after the match.

The Ranji Trophy is finally graced by the presence of Tendulkar and India captain Rohit Sharma, days after both backed the BCCI’s instructions to players about prioritizing First-class cricket. Hence, what a day for Musheer to make heads turn with a brilliant, potentially match-winning knock in front of the who’s who of Indian cricket.

Musheer Khan batted with 'motivation to impress Sachin sir'
Musheer Khan batted with ‘motivation to impress Sachin sir’

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Musheer Khan batted with ‘motivation to impress Sachin, sir’

Mumbai were 34/2 when Musheer and captain Ajinkya Rahane forged a 130-run partnership. Even though Rahane was dismissed for a well-compiled 73, the Mumbai innings taken forward by Musheer’s alliance with Shreyas Iyer. Having failed in the previous two innings, Iyer smashed 95 off 111 balls and stitched another 168-run partnership as Mumbai set Vidarbha a gigantic 539-run target.

“I got to learn a lot during the partnerships. It is a matter of pride for me that I got to bat with two Test players, it becomes easier for me too. Everyone in their team was trying to get Ajju dada (Ajinkya Rahane) out and it became easier for me,” said Musheer.

“It was a dream for me to score a century in the Ranji Trophy final. Me and Iyer had a good partnership, we communicated well and (Iyer) bhai insisting that we have to bat for a long period and take the game as far as we can.”

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Sarfaraz’s advice

Musheer then revealed how brother Sarfaraz Khan’s advice helped him during his innings. When Sarfaraz scored a fifty on debut for India against England during the Rajkot Test, he got a surprise call in the evening from Musheer. And this time it was Sarfaraz who returned the favor.

“I had spoken with bhai earlier and he told me that this is a good opportunity for me in the final, with everyone watching. If I would make runs here, it would be better for me in the future,” Musheer added.

“When I got out (for cheap) in the first innings, (he told me) it’s okay, back yourself in the second innings and play your game. He told me to bat the way I found was comfortable.”

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