Mumbai: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Prithvi Sho (C), Aditya Tare (W), Sarfaraz Khan, Shivam Dubey, Aman Hakeem Khan, Shams Mulani, Prashant Solanki, Dhawal Kulkarni, Tanush Kotian, Tushar Deshpande
UP: Karan Sharma (C), Priyam Garg, Madhav Kaushik, Akshdeep Nath, Upendra Yadav (W), Sameer Chaudhary, Samarth Singh, Shivam Sharma, Shivam Mavi, Yash Dayal, Aqib Khan
If Mumbai will be the favorites to defeat UP and win the title for fourth Vijay Hazare (50 overs), then captain Prithvi Shaw’s irreplaceable form is a big reason.
Shaw, with a record of 754 runs so far, was able to cross the 800-run mark in Sunday’s final at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground. In fact, given his four-century runs – including 150 in three overs – he can also expect 900 runs.
The 21-year-old is keen to catch the eye of the national selectors for the three-match ODI series against England, dissuaded from the Test squad before India’s squad was announced.
Shaw has been known to offer until UP seizes that opening opportunity, the youngsters could have decided well at the time of the competition.
There is no way in this, Shaw has scored with revenge against teams like Delhi, Karnataka, Saurashtra and Puducherry, also faces UP and factors.
The final for Railways in the 2005–06 season, UP will have to deal with Shaw’s opening partner Yashasvi Jaiswal (179 runs) and former captain Aditya Tare (181). Apart from this, veteran fast bowler Dhawal Kulkarni and leg-spinner Prashant Solanki (14 wickets each) have suffered maximum losses this season.
Under a young captain in Karan Sharma, UP is a fairly inexperienced side. But his journey till the finals has been inspiring. The way the team rallied to beat host Delhi by four runs was commendable.
Although its top order has disappointed in the knockout stage, Karan, Akshdeep Nath and Upendra Yadav have saved the team by displaying good temperament.
Left-arm spinner Shivam Sharma (20 wickets) can still play a key role for UP, but it will be interesting to see how medium pacers Yash Dayal, Shivam Mavi and Aqib Khan open the innings with Shaw. Familiarity with the conditions could also help UP to its third success at Kotla, where Mumbai play their first match of the season.