Mumbai: Former India opener Wasim Jaffer has stepped down from his position as captain of the Mumbai Ranji team in order to focus on his batting. Jaffer had captained Mumbai in the Ranji trophy over the past four seasons and under him, Mumbai emerged winners in 2008-09 and 2009-10. However, Mumbai failed to make the Ranji final this season, losing to Tamil Nadu in the semi-final.
"I want to concentrate more on my batting. I didn't have a good Ranji Trophy season and for me batting is more important than captaincy," Jaffer told the Indian Express. Jaffer had been struggling throughout the season, recording an aggregate of 406 runs in nine matches across twelve innings with just one century.
"Once you are captain it is very important to lead by example," Jaffer said. "The word 'captain' is only nice to say but it's a lot of pressure to lead a team. If the team doesn't do well, then the captain is always made a scapegoat. When you don't score, it doesn't look good."