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Ranji Trophy: Captain walked out with teary eye takes cup home as coach after 23 years

It was a normal day in Bengaluru in 1999 but not at the field of cricket, where Madhya Pradesh were taking on the home team Karnataka in Ranji Trophy final. Karnataka crushed MP in the finals and the visiting skipper Chandrakant Pandit walked back from ground in tears.

Cut to 2022, now as a head coach of the very side he captained once, Pandit tasted success as Madhya Pradesh defeated Mumbai by six wickets to win their first-ever Ranji Trophy title.

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“Every trophy gives you satisfaction. But this is a little special because 23 years ago, I had been a captain and could not do it (then). But I am very, very proud about Aditya that he has done it. I always felt that I had left something back to Madhya Pradesh and that was one of the reasons that I was a little more excited and emotional about it to get that trophy back to Madhya Pradesh,” said Pandit in the post-match press conference.

Sitting to his left was captain Aditya Shrivastava, who was quick in saying that the side had the belief in winning the Ranji Trophy in the preparation for the tournament despite the format being tweaked due to Covid-19.

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“From the very first day we started playing and from the pre-seasons camp we had been doing, not only from this squad, we had a pool of 40-odd players that were working together from morning to evening continuously every day with only Sundays being off. We were rigorously going on to it, so if you put that amount of work, the belief automatically starts coming into the play.”

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