Aditya Shrivastava exclaimed with joy as he said that captaining a Madhya Pradesh squad that won the 2021/22 Ranji Trophy is a moment of a lifetime.
Shrivastava has now joined the list of captains who have won the Ranji Trophy in their first season leading the team.
Whatever I Know About Leading A-Side Has Come From Chandrakant Sir: Aditya Shrivastava
“Completely ecstatic (on winning Ranji Trophy). Generation kind of time has gone by since MP has won the Ranji Trophy for the first time. It is the moment of a lifetime for me. The emotions are deep, we are trying to laugh it out but we are extremely emotional from the inside,” said Shrivastava after the match.
Shrivastava recognised the contribution of cricket’s seasoned head coach Chandrakant Pandit in teaching him the value of following procedures and how to be a leader in the game, “This has been my first year as captain and whatever I know about leading a side is from Chandrakant Sir. I would like to continue this. The stage is going to come to our mind but we have to stick to the process, that is what has got us here and will keep us here. That is the mantra we were speaking about in the meetings too.”
The domestic season will resume in a few months, and Shrivastava is fully aware that Madhya Pradesh will be tasked with defending its Ranji Trophy crown, “It is a good group coming through as we have been playing together since 2013. There is a good mix of youngsters and experienced players. Doing it once was not at all easy but it is going to be tougher to do it again,” added Aditya.
Pandit had lost the final as a captain 2 decades ago but he returned as a coach to win the title for MP.