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'Returning' Mukesh Kumar Shines As Bengal Dominate Bihar In Ranji Trophy 2024

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In the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2024 match between Bengal and Bihar at Eden Gardens, Mukesh Kumar, the seasoned right-arm fast bowler, displayed his skills with a stellar performance. Despite facing a setback in his recent stint with the Indian team, Mukesh proved his mettle by delivering impressive figures against Bihar.

Having made a mark at the domestic level for years, Mukesh's journey to the Indian team wasn't easy. However, his determination and skill earned him a place last year, although he faced a temporary setback after losing his spot in the third Test against England. Undeterred, Mukesh returned to the domestic circuit and showcased his ability to make a comeback.

Mukesh, who has represented India in all three formats, brings a wealth of experience to the field. At 30 years old, his maturity and expertise in fast bowling have been honed through 42 first-class matches, where he has scalped 156 wickets so far.

In the crucial Elite Group B encounter, where Bengal aims for an outright victory to bolster their chances for the next round, Mukesh's contribution became pivotal. Bihar, languishing at the bottom of the points table, faced a daunting task against Bengal's strong performance.

Mukesh's exceptional bowling restricted Bihar to a mere 95 runs in the first innings, as he claimed four wickets, conceding only 18 runs in 14 overs. His economy rate of 1.30 remained unmatched among all bowlers, underscoring his effectiveness on the field.

Embracing his role for Bengal, Mukesh highlighted the significance of BCCI's directive for contracted players to participate in domestic red-ball cricket during breaks from national duty. His dedication to donning Bengal's colors resonated as he led the bowling attack with precision and determination.

With Bengal commanding a lead of 260 runs after posting 355/4 in reply, Mukesh's stellar performance has significantly contributed to their dominant position in the match.