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Tue, 13 Aug 2013 18:45:00 GMT | By Star Sports

'Lack of motivation forced Rajasthan shift'

Off-spinner Ramesh Powar, who recently signed up to play for Rajasthan in domestic cricket, said his disillusionment with Mumbai cricket influenced his decision to severe ties with them.

'Lack of motivation forced Rajasthan shift'

Speaking to Indian Express, Powar mentioned: "You can call it lack of motivation. I wasn't enjoying playing for Mumbai anymore. Things weren't great off the field either. On the field though is where it hurt. In the past, I would often bowl 15 overs on the trot during a Ranji match. But last season, I was often taken off after two overs."

The 35-year-old off-spinner played only 5 games out of 11 during Mumbai’s victorious Ranji Trophy campaign last season. He was well below-par in those games taking only six wickets at a strike-rate over 100.

"The Mumbai dressing-room didn't feel the same anymore. There was nobody there who was pushing me or challenging me to perform better. My preparation was the same, but everything around me just felt different," said Powar.

Quizzed whether he will miss being part of the Mumbai cricket set-up, the off-spinner replied in the negative.

"Except the dressing room, I won't miss anything to be honest. The past two years with the Mumbai team were largely unremarkable if not forgetabble. If anything we missed the (Pravin) Amre-style of coaching. He pampered us and got the best from us. The Mumbai team was completely different over the last two years. With Sulu (Sulkashan Kulkarni) things aren't the same,” concluded Powar, who played two Tests and 31 ODIs.

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