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‘People will take Vidarbha seriously now’

DNMUM404613 | 1/4/2018 | Author : G Krishnan | WC :1844

In Vidarbha’s maiden Ranji Trophy win, veteran Wasim Jaffer has not only made vital contributions with the bat but also mentored young players. He tells G Krishnan that the latest win is as special as the eight titles he won playing for Mumbai. Excerpts:

Having won 8 Ranji titles for Mumbai, how special is the win with Vidarbha?
It is very special, especially because nobody expected them to win at the start of the season or even when I joined Vidarbha (2015). Obviously, they’ve only played quarterfinals once or twice before. They are one of the lesser-known teams. It is a very very special feat for all of us who were involved with the side. The way we played, it was not a fluke. We have beaten good teams quite convincingly. Apart from the Karnataka (semifinal) game, we beat most of the other teams quite easily. That is something special. People will take Vidarbha seriously now. As a team, we now have the pressure to perform consistently.
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