After losing their previous pro within a few days of signing, Ainsdale has moved swiftly to sign Mumbai all-rounder Shubham Ranjane for their Liverpool League campaign.
An outstanding prospect…
Ranjane is an outstanding batting all-rounder playing for the powerhouse Mumbai side in Indian domestic cricket. He is a player that’s really starting to hit his straps for Mumbai, after a quite sensational junior career.
The explosive batter dominated age-group cricket for Maharasthra before breaking into the Mumbai Under-23’s during the 2016/17 season.
After 763 runs at 84.77 and 236 runs at 47.20 (with 4 centuries in total) in the Cooch Behar and Vinoo Mankad Trophy’s, respectively in 2012/13, he then churned out 476 runs at 52.88 (and 12 wickets at 28.41) during the CK Nayudu Trophy the following summer.
Prodigy…. to Pro
He was a stand-out at junior level with a point to prove when heading into the CK Nayudu Trophy for Mumbai Under-23s in 2016-17.
He impressed – belting a further 298 runs at 74.50, which culminated with his senior Mumbai debut.
Whilst he’d previously made his List A and T20 debut’s for Maharasthra in his teens (Feb 2012 and Mar 2013, respectively), his first-class debut came against Gujarat for Mumbai in November 2016.
He played 3 Ranji Trophy matches that summer, striking a brilliant 76* against Bengal, but only featured in 1 match the following season (2017/18).
He returned to the Mumbai fold in 2018/19 and enjoyed decent returns, hitting 320 runs at 40, to earn himself an IPL contract with the Rajasthan Royals for their 2019 campaign. He didn’t feature and was released ahead of the 2020 IPL auction.
Take 2 for Ranjane
Ranjane, who was set to play for Durham club Castle Eden last summer, before COVID struck, is now ready to hit the UK this summer having recently signed with Ainsdale for their Liverpool League campaign.