MUMBAI: Former India player Lalchand Rajput says Mumbai, a 41-time Ranji champions but bereft of success in recent times, will need to raise their game in the domestic cricket circuit as other teams start to assert their supremacy.
Rajput, along with former Mumbai player and chief selector Milind Rege and batsman Abhishek Nayar, spoke on Mumbai cricket at an event titled ‘Lions of Mumbai’ organised by the MIG Cricket Club in suburban Bandra last night.
“With T20 coming in the mindset (of players) has changed. If a youngster wants to play for Mumbai, first he will think of playing IPL, that is the mindset, which I feel is wrong. First and foremost, you’ve to try and play for your state, and then for your country. The IPL will come automatically,” Rajput said.
“Because the money is involved, the mindset has changed. This is the reason why Mumbai cricket has slowly come down (from the) level it was at earlier,” he added.
To prove his point, Rajput gave examples of teams like Saurashtra and Gujarat.
“When we used to play the opponents, Gujarat, Saurashtra, they will just come and look at us.
And say, ‘don’t make us field for two days’. However, now the same teams are competing with us and beating us too. That means that they’ve started believing that anybody can beat Mumbai team.