Domestic giants Mumbai began their 2019-2020 Ranji Trophy season on a winning note, as they thrashed Baroda by 309 runs in their Elite Group B game here on Thursday.
Baroda set a stiff target of 533 runs and needed another 460 runs to win. The hosts were teetering at 74/3 when play resumed and needed to play out the whole day to settle for a draw and avoid an outright defeat. The match was hosted at Vadodara's Reliance Stadium. During the match, Baroda batsman Yusuf Pathan, who refused to walk off the field after being given out by the on-field umpire, only for India national cricket team star Ajinkya Rahane to intervene.
The incident occurred in Baroda's second innings, after the all-rounder refused to walk off after being given out. In the 48th over, Shashank Attarde replaced Akash Parkar. Attarde directed a forward defensive shot from Pathan on the second ball of the over, which went to the short leg fielder, Jay Gokul Bista.
According to NDTV, the umpire took his time but in the end raised his finger, ruling Pathan out. However, the 37-year-old batsman refused to walk off the field and held his ground for almost a minute, waving his hands towards the umpire in disappointment. That is when Ajinkya Rahane stepped in and convinced Pathan to walk back. However, his long way back to the pavillion was filled with shaking of head all the while.