Aditya Tare –led Mumbai have qualified for the knockout phase of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018 from Group C after registering a four-wicket win against Goa at the SSN College Ground on Monday. With 16 points –Mumbai has one more match left in the league phase –against the table-toppers Andhra (20 points) on February 14 in Chennai.
In the last two seasons, it will be the first time when Mumbai will make it to the knockout phase of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, and skipper Tare urges his team to carry forward the confidence so that they can finish the league phase on a high by winning their last league phase game against Andhra.
According to a report in TNN, Tare said, “We didn't qualify over the last two years. Having achieved it now, we have to finish the league phase on a high with a win so that we take that confidence into knockouts. From quarters, you have to be at your best and there's no scope for errors.”
Commenting on Prithvi Shaw, who has registered two half-centuries in three games, Tare said that the U-19 skipper “needs to learn the art of finishing matches”.
Tare further added, “He is pretty young and still has to learn the art of finishing matches. In both games, he got to fifties and got out. Today was an example. He could have ended up with a century and saw the team through. That's something he needs to add to his game, take up the responsibility from now on to seal games. He can work on it and prove everyone, batting up the order he can also finish games.”
The 30-year-old keeper signed off by saying, “We have a solid batting unit. We have got players from No 1 to No 7 who are match-winners on their day. We can give an extra cushion to our inexperienced bowling unit, bit for Dhawal Kulkarni, by scoring those extra runs. Our bowlers have had a great experience in this tournament and it's a good sign for us going forward.”