Focus on Shaw, Rahane while Mumbai confronts Karnataka

Mumbai, January 2 () Focus will be firmly on test specialist Ajinkya Rahane and the young prodigy Prithvi Shaw when Mumbai faces Karnataka in his Ranji Trophy Elite Group B game, which starts here on Friday.

Both Rahane and Shaw failed with the bat in Ranji's last game against the Railways that the national giants lost by 10 wickets in two and a half days.

It will be a good opportunity for both players to get some careers under their belt. This will be Ranji's last game for Shaw, which leaves for New Zealand with India's 'A' team on January 10.

The pint-sized opener started, but he couldn't make the last game, after his double hundred in the opener against Baroda.

Shaw will have to counter Karnataka's attack in slightly windy conditions on the grounds of the Bandra-Kurla Complex.

For Rahane, who has played 63 Tests, the Karnataka game provides a perfect platform to find a way before he also leaves for New Zealand.

In addition, Mumbai needs to improve in all departments after the shameful loss against the Railways at home.

The 41 times Ranji champions will miss the services of the Indian players Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube and the Shardul Thakur rhythm, who will be in national service.

In his absence, it will be an opportunity for the likes of Suryakumar Yadav, the man of crisis Siddhesh Lad and the experience of Aditya Tare to leave a mark. In addition, if another player Sarfaraz Khan, who has been named on the team, makes the XI game, then it will be an opportunity for him to count it.

Yadav also heads to New Zealand with the India team on January 10. Your players will be led by Tushar Deshpande.

Meanwhile, iKarnataka would not have the services of the Indian starter, Mayank Agarwal, but would have the employer Karun Nair, the opener Devdutt Padikkal to do the job. His bowling attack rhythm, led by prolific

Abhimanyu Mithun, will represent a great challenge for the side of Mumbai. The BCCI has asked Mayank to rest in view of next season and therefore will not play the game, sources from the Karnataka team said. NRB BS BS