The final match of Ranji Trophy 2024 was played at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. In this decisive match, Mumbai defeated Vidarbha by 169 runs and won the title for the 42nd time. On the other hand, Vidarbha’s dream of becoming champion for the third time was shattered. Vidarbha captain Akshay Wadkar scored a century on the last day of the match. He played an innings of 102 runs in 199 balls. During this, he hit 9 fours and 1 six with his bat. He added 130 runs for the sixth wicket with Harsh Dubey. Tanush Kotian broke this partnership and got Akshay out LBW.

Was born in Nagpur

Akshay was born on 9 July 1994 in Nagpur. 29-year-old Wadkar has played 50 first-class matches, in which he has scored 3036 runs at an average of 49.77. During this period, Akshay has scored 8 centuries and 17 half-centuries. He has scored 1104 runs in 39 innings of 47 List A matches. During this period his average was 35.61 and strike rate was 74.49. He has scored 5 half-centuries in this format. Apart from this, he has also scored 570 runs in 28 T20 matches. He has scored 2 half-centuries in this format.

Dhoni is considered an ideal

Wicketkeeper batsman Akshay Wadkar considers former Indian captain MS Dhoni as his idol. He met Mahendra Singh Dhoni on 29 February. This time he had posted a post on his Instagram. In which he wrote, “Once in a lifetime with MS Dhoni. 29.01.2024. feel blessed. My heart became happy.

Wadkar, who had an impressive second season, made his professional debut for Vidarbha in the 2012–13 Vijay Hazare Trophy. He made his debut in first-class cricket in 2017–18. In his first Ranji season, Wadkar scored 308 runs at an average of 61.60. Wadkar scored 725 runs in 11 matches at an average of 60.41 in the second season. He also scored 3 centuries and 2 half-centuries in this series. Vidarbha won Ranji titles in Wadkar’s first two seasons.

Learned wicketkeeping skills from Saha

Wadkar has learned the skill of wicketkeeping from Wriddhiman Saha. Wadkar had said in a conversation with Sportstar, “I follow Wriddhiman Saha. His attitude behind the stumps is fantastic. He walks a lot while keeping. He dives very well. A player doesn’t think about injuries during the game, so I also never thought about it. “His keeping skills give me the impression that if you’ve dived 100 times in practice, doing it twice in a game is no problem.