Focus on Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane while Mumbai confronts Karnataka

MUMBAI: the focus will be firmly on the test specialist Ajinkya Rahane and young prodigy Prithvi Shaw when Mumbai take Karnataka in its Ranji Trophy Group B Elite game, which starts here on Friday.

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

Será una buena oportunidad para que los dos jugadores obtengan algunas carreras in its haber. Este será el último partido de Ranji para Shaw, que sale para Nueva Zelanda con el equipo India A el 10 de enero.

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 at the Bandra-Kurla Complex ground.

For Rahane, who has played 63 Tests, the Karnataka game provides perfect platform to find form before he also requires 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. Also, if Sarfaraz Khan, who has been named in the squad, makes the game XI, 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, Karnataka will not have the services of India opener Mayank Agarwal but have the likes of skipper Karun Nair and opener Devdutt Padikkal to do the job. Their pace attack, led by prolific Abhimanyu Mithun, will pose a huge challenge to the Mumbai side.

The BCCI has asked Agarwal to rest in view of the upcoming season and hence he would not be playing the game, said sources in the Karnataka team.