After leading the Mumbai Ranji Trophy team for four consecutive years,veteran batsman Wasim Jaffer has decided to step down,reasoning that he isnt enjoying the task anymore. Jaffer informed the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) senior selection committee chief Milind Rege about his decision two days ago.
I want to concentrate more on my batting. I didnt have a good Ranji Trophy season and for me batting is more important than captaincy, Jaffer said.
Jaffer scored 406 runs in nine matches this season and the 39-times Ranji champions lost in the semifinals. Jaffer was also left out from the West Zone squad for Duleep Trophy.
Once you are captain it is very important to lead by example. The word captain is only nice to say but its a lot of pressure to lead a team. If the team doesnt do well,then the captain is always made a scapegoat, he added. When you dont score,it doesnt look good, the 33-year old asserted.
During his four year-tenure,Mumbai won the Ranji Trophy twice and later he lifted the Duleep Trophy two times. After the teams loss in the semi-final,however,team coach Sulakshan Kulkarni had openly criticised Jaffers leadership,calling him a defensive captain with defensive approach.
I was disappointed,Im not a perfect captain, said Jaffer of the coachs remarks. Everybody makes mistakes; if there was any problem I should have been told inside the dressing room,not in public. I was never told about my captaincy the entire season.
Suddenly I was told I lacked attitude. Four months ago I was the best captain and after losing Im no good.
On who will lead Mumbai from next season,Jaffer said Rohit Sharma,if available, would be the best choice. At the end of the day,its selectors job to decide whom they want to pick as captain. However,whoever is picked,he should be given adequate time. Dont judge him by a couple of seasons, he said.