He is a cut above others at the domestic level and it is difficult for the national selectors to keep him out of the mix.
For Uttar Pradesh, a very steady outfit under coach Gyanendra Pandey, they have played solid cricket without being spectacular with a young captain Karan Sharma leading the team well.
Their left arm pacer Yash Dayal might fancy bringing the ball back in to check out whether Shaw's problems against inswingers have been sorted. However Dayal doesn't have Mitchell Starc's pace and along with fellow Aaqib Khan, could be cannon fodder that the opener requires on a short on side Kotla ground.
The other Mumbai batsmen, who have been overshadowed by Shaw's blitzkrieg, would also need to play their roles.
Be it Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sarfaraz Khan, experienced wicket-keeper batsman Aditya Tare, all-rounders Shams Mulani or Shivam Dube.
In case, Shaw, who now holds the record for highest individual score in the tournament and highest score by an Indian in a List A chase, fails to come good, one of them will have to take the responsibility.
The Mumbai bowlers led by experienced pacer Dhawal Kulkarni (14 wickets), and comprising Tushar Deshpande and the spin-trio of Prashant Solanki, Tanush Kotian and Shams Mulani, have delivered more than once and will need to bowl in the right areas at the Arun Jaitley stadium.
Uttar Pradesh, on the other hand, defeated Gujarat by five wickets, to make it their third summit clash.
And for them, the role of in-form skipper Karan (225 runs) and wicket-keeper Upendra Yadav (276 runs), along with experienced campaigner Akshdeep Nath, will be crucial.
Their openers Abhishek Goswami (187 runs) and Madhav Kaushik will also need to give a strong start, thwarting the challenge posed by a formidable Mumbai attack.
Mumbai, who have won the tournament thrice, the last one in 2018-19, will be looking to clinch their fourth title and end the season on a high note.
UP, on the other hand, will be playing their third final, would also be eyeing a second title after having shared the Trophy with Tamil Nadu in 2004-05 after that game ended in a tie.
Though Mumbai are favourites, the UP team is capable of springing a surprise come Sunday at the 'Kotla'.
Match starts at 9 AM.
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