India`s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane will lead Mumbai in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy, beginning on November 4 in Guwahati.

Rahane, 33, was part of the Delhi Capitals (DC) squad in IPL-14, but got an opportunity in just two matches. DC’s opener Prithvi Shaw, 21, who amassed 479 runs from 15 games, will be Rahane’s deputy.

All-rounder Shivam Dube, opener Yashasvi Jaiswal, pacer Dhawal Kulkarni, wicketkeeper-batsman Aditya Tare and Sarfaraz Khan are some of the other IPL players in the Mumbai line-up.

The Salil Ankola-led selection committee had a meeting on Sunday, following which the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) announced its 20-member squad on their website on Monday. 

Though Rahane is currently struggling for form, former India pacer Ankola is confident that he will contribute with the bat. “Ajinkya has played nearly 80 Tests for our country. He is a great player. He needs just one game to come back to form,” Ankola told Digihunt on Monday.  

“We have prepared across the last three months. We have watched the performances of our players during the Oman tour and now the Padmakar Talim Shield. Every player has performed very well and that’s why we have picked them. Keeping the balance of the side in mind we have picked 20 players,” Ankola added.  

The Mumbai team, who were knocked out of the tournament in the league stage last season, will begin their campaign against Karnataka on November 4.

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