Azim Kazi Reflects on Reaching Second Consecutive MPL Final

After leading the Ratnagiri Jets to their second consecutive Maharashtra Premier League finals, skipper Azim Kazi shared his thoughts on the achievement. He expressed that the team is very happy and excited about the upcoming match. Kazi mentioned that reaching the finals again is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire team. The players are enthusiastic and looking forward to the challenge ahead, eager to give their best performance. The positive energy and anticipation within the team are high as they prepare for the final match, hoping to secure the championship title.

Azim Kazi on Reaching to Final:

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The defending MPL champions, Ratnagiri Jets, defeated Eagle Nashik Titans by six wickets in the first qualifier of the MPL 2024. The victory was expertly orchestrated by Abhishek Pawar and Divyang Hinganekar, whose powerful hitting ensured there was no chance for an Eagle Nashik Titans comeback. 

Skipper Azim Kazi expressed his excitement about leading the Ratnagiri Jets to consecutive MPL finals, stating that it is a great experience to be playing back-to-back finals as the team’s captain. Azim Kazi said, “Feels excited and happy. It feels great to have played back-to-back finals as a captain. The thing we have prepared for has finally come.”

Additionally, the Ratnagiri captain discussed the team’s atmosphere, highlighting the management’s role in maintaining a calm and composed environment among all players. This has been essential in fostering unity and concentration, particularly during critical MPL matches. The captain emphasized the positive impact of this supportive atmosphere on team dynamics and morale ahead of upcoming challenges, such as the MPL finals.

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He further said, “The atmosphere has been great, right from the first match. The coaches and the team management have kept everyone calm and composed. We had a 40-day camp before the tournament. We focussed on the process and giving particular roles to certain players.”

He also discussed the team’s preparations for the finals, which will be against either Kolhapur Tuskers or Eagle Nashik Titans, depending on the winner of Qualifier 2 in the current competition. The captain emphasized their readiness to face either opponent and highlighted the team’s focused approach as they aim for success in the upcoming MPL finals. He added, “We have simple plans. We are going to do what we have been doing since game one, without doing much different. There have been some roles assigned to certain players and they know it.”

The left-handed batsman continued, expressing that Maharashtra boasts abundant talent. He added that many players have the opportunity to compete in state-level games and the Ranji Trophy due to intense competition. He further said, “Maharashtra has a lot of talent. But they did not have a platform to express it. A lot of great players are not even able to play the state-level game and Ranji because there is too much competition. Barely 30-35 players get to play. We are grateful to our association and president for establishing this platform for our players. In MPL, over 100 players are playing. Matches are being telecasted and live-streamed live. Other domestic competitions are not live on TV except the knockouts. So, the talent that was not visible earlier is being shown to the whole country now.”

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Finally, the all-rounder concluded by mentioning players such as Kedar Jadhav and Ruturaj Gaikwad, who have successfully represented India in international cricket. He concluded, “Kedar Jhadav and Ruturaj Gaikwad have played for Maharashtra. Gaikwad is the captain of CSK, one of the biggest IPL teams. Arshin Kulkarni, who played the U19 WC for India and got an IPL deal also plays for Maharashtra. MPL has opened the platform for a lot of talent.”

He added, “ You will see a lot of talented players play for Maharashtra and in IPL. There are some fine youngsters doing well in MPL. Kiran Chormale is in our team, an U19 WC standby, there is Sachin Dhas who is in Kolhapur Tuskers. There is Dhanraj Shinde in Eagle Nashik Titans. The future is bright for players like these and they can play IPL. if they keep continuing their good form.”

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After leading the Ratnagiri Jets to their second consecutive Maharashtra Premier League finals, skipper Azim Kazi shared his thoughts on the achievement. He expressed that the team is very happy and excited about the upcoming match. Kazi mentioned that reaching the finals again is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire team. The players are enthusiastic and looking forward to the challenge ahead, eager to give their best performance. The positive energy and anticipation within the team are high as they prepare for the final match, hoping to secure the championship title.

Azim Kazi on Reaching to Final:

The defending MPL champions, Ratnagiri Jets, defeated Eagle Nashik Titans by six wickets in the first qualifier of the MPL 2024. The victory was expertly orchestrated by Abhishek Pawar and Divyang Hinganekar, whose powerful hitting ensured there was no chance for an Eagle Nashik Titans comeback. 

Skipper Azim Kazi expressed his excitement about leading the Ratnagiri Jets to consecutive MPL finals, stating that it is a great experience to be playing back-to-back finals as the team's captain. Azim Kazi said, “Feels excited and happy. It feels great to have played back-to-back finals as a captain. The thing we have prepared for has finally come."

Additionally, the Ratnagiri captain discussed the team's atmosphere, highlighting the management's role in maintaining a calm and composed environment among all players. This has been essential in fostering unity and concentration, particularly during critical MPL matches. The captain emphasized the positive impact of this supportive atmosphere on team dynamics and morale ahead of upcoming challenges, such as the MPL finals.

He further said, “The atmosphere has been great, right from the first match. The coaches and the team management have kept everyone calm and composed. We had a 40-day camp before the tournament. We focussed on the process and giving particular roles to certain players."

He also discussed the team's preparations for the finals, which will be against either Kolhapur Tuskers or Eagle Nashik Titans, depending on the winner of Qualifier 2 in the current competition. The captain emphasized their readiness to face either opponent and highlighted the team's focused approach as they aim for success in the upcoming MPL finals. He added, “We have simple plans. We are going to do what we have been doing since game one, without doing much different. There have been some roles assigned to certain players and they know it.”

The left-handed batsman continued, expressing that Maharashtra boasts abundant talent. He added that many players have the opportunity to compete in state-level games and the Ranji Trophy due to intense competition. He further said, “Maharashtra has a lot of talent. But they did not have a platform to express it. A lot of great players are not even able to play the state-level game and Ranji because there is too much competition. Barely 30-35 players get to play. We are grateful to our association and president for establishing this platform for our players. In MPL, over 100 players are playing. Matches are being telecasted and live-streamed live. Other domestic competitions are not live on TV except the knockouts. So, the talent that was not visible earlier is being shown to the whole country now.”

Finally, the all-rounder concluded by mentioning players such as Kedar Jadhav and Ruturaj Gaikwad, who have successfully represented India in international cricket. He concluded, “Kedar Jhadav and Ruturaj Gaikwad have played for Maharashtra. Gaikwad is the captain of CSK, one of the biggest IPL teams. Arshin Kulkarni, who played the U19 WC for India and got an IPL deal also plays for Maharashtra. MPL has opened the platform for a lot of talent.”

He added, “ You will see a lot of talented players play for Maharashtra and in IPL. There are some fine youngsters doing well in MPL. Kiran Chormale is in our team, an U19 WC standby, there is Sachin Dhas who is in Kolhapur Tuskers. There is Dhanraj Shinde in Eagle Nashik Titans. The future is bright for players like these and they can play IPL. if they keep continuing their good form.”

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