Both sides have earned their top match spots and lifting the trophy for the first time in the 15th edition of the match should give the boys in both sides an extra incentive to get paid for the match.
Mumbai skipper Ajinkya Rahane would like to add the Syed Mushtaq Trophy to the team’s trophy case, which has 41 Ranji Trophy titles and four Vijay Hazare crowns. While they may start out as favorites on paper, it won’t be easy against a side that has been on the rise of late.
The experienced Rishi Dhawan-led squad, who won the Vijay Hazare Trophy last season, will do everything they can to win a new title for the first time.
“We carry the same momentum from our victory in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. We’re not trying anything new. Everyone knows their job and bears the responsibility,” said Akash Vasisht, Himachal’s biggest go-getter in this tournament, as he focused on the team environment ahead of the final.
On a batting paradise like Eden Gardens, Himachal will have to do anything above 170 runs to pressure Mumbai.