Jaffer dedicates win to victims of Mumbai terror attacks

Mumbai captain Wasim Jaffer dedicated the 243-run win against UP to the victims of the recent terror attacks in his city.

updated: January 16, 2009 14:18 IST
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Mumbai captain Wasim Jaffer on Friday dedicated the 243-run win against Uttar Pradesh that fetched them a record 38th Ranji Trophy title to the victims of the recent terror attacks in his city.

"This trophy is dedicated to the people of Mumbai. What happened in Mumbai was very unfortunate," he said. Asked what was the defining moment of the match, a thrilled Jaffer said Rohit Sharma's century and fielding lapses by the opposition team.

"Rohit's couple of catches were dropped and he made them count, scoring 140. And the partnership between Abhishek Nayar and Rohit, that actually turned the tables.

"Scoring 400 runs on that wicket, we knew that it's going to be difficult for UP with the bowling we have," he said. Jaffer picked up Rohit and Zaheer Khan for special mention.

"Rohit scored a 100 in each innings. We all know Zaheer. He single-handedly turned the match in the first innings. And Rohit, the kind of form he is in, I feel he scores runs when it matters," Jaffer said.

"Among the youngsters, Dhawal Kulkarni and Ajinkya Rahane have done well," he added.

Jaffer said since the start of the tournament he was hoping to win the title.

"I am feeling great. This is what we have been aiming for when I took over the captaincy. We planned this for a long time before the start of the season. The hard work has paid off," he said.

UP skipper Mohammed Kaif admitted that fielding lapses cost his side dearly.

"We have a young team and they have been learning fast. We bowled first to get some early wickets and we were not good with the fielding.

"Shivkant Shukla batted well for us. We did get bogged down in the first innings and Zaheer bowled superbly to restrict us. Congratulations to Mumbai for playing so well throughout."