first_imgPandit, a former India stumper, also had a word of praise Pandit, a former India stumper, also had a word of praise for the fast improving captain Aditya Tare and said his work behind the stumps has seen an upward graph from the beginning of the season. “He has done well, definitely. He has been handling three jobs ? behind the stumps, captaincy and batting, so naturally he has done a lot for the team. He has been performing well as well, especially behind the stumps he has done the job. Naturally the the national selectors will be noticing that. “From what I have seen in the first match and till the last game – the Ranji final – he has shown a lot of improvement in the technical aspects of wicket keeping as well. It is not an easy job. “Being a (former) wicket-keeper, I know standing behind the stumps for 150 overs or so in every match and then coming back to bat, and you have lot of thoughts in your mind in leading the team, takes a lot (of toll) as well,” he said. This Ranji season Tare ended up with a new championship record of 48 victims behind the stumps, the break-up being 45 catches and three stumpings. Though Mumbai have not won the Irani title for close to two decades, Pandit said its not because of lack of effort. “Mumbai history says that they always believe in winning the Irani Cup. There are also international players playing (in ROI). Traditionally the stalwarts have been playing. I remember that in 1985 when I played, Kapil Dev was bowling (for the Rest), so the topmost cricketer was playing in the tournament, but nowadays its different,” he said. He was confident his team members will handle the pressure well. “Everybody is aware about what they have been doing throughout the season. Its time for them to prove it again,” he said. PTI SSR GK AH AH SDMadvertisementlast_img read more