Delhi start favourites against Ruturaj Gaikwad-less Maharashtra as another Ranji Trophy season kicks off | Cricket News

PUNE: The likes of Ishant Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane will want one last roll of the dice while Tilak Vermas and Yashasvi Jaiswals would like to keep the Gen-Next flag flying high as another season of Ranji Trophy starts with the inner ramparts set to run out from Tuesday.
Delhi, a team filled with incredible talent, will meet a brave team from Maharashtra in the latter’s lair, but will certainly feel a bit more confident as the home side are missing their hearts and souls.
If Ruturaj Gaikwad is the heart of the team, then Ankit Bawne is the soul, but both star hitters are likely to miss the opener with groin and quad injuries respectively. To make matters worse, Gaikwad’s teammate at Chennai Super Kings, fast left-arm midfielder Mukesh Chaudhary, is also absent with a back problem.
At the other end is Delhi, the perennial underachievers, and a team that has more undercurrents inside the dressing room.
They will secure the services of 100 Tests veteran Ishant as well as crafty Simarjeet Singh, maverick Nitish Rana, captained by this season’s youngest skipper – 20-year-old Yash Dhull. There will be IPL stars Lalit Yadav, Ayush Badoni, Hrithik Shokeen also in the mix.
As Maharashtra struggle with injuries to their key players, it will be a different battle for Delhi where a captain with a total experience of eight top-class games will lead a team full of senior players with different temperaments, some with different egos. fragile and others with a completely different mindset.
Abhay Sharma, who has been a constant in Railway’s Karnail Singh field setup and also spent a lot of time in the India A and Women’s setup, manages the Delhi team.
So far in both tournaments Abhay hasn’t displayed any outstanding strategic moves and the Ranji Trophy in its old format will perhaps give him that time and platform to show off his cricket smarts as a player. ‘coach.
Tale of Three Men – Prithvi, Yashasvi and Ajinkya
Two seasons ago, Rahane was leading India in the absence of Virat Kohli and had no time to think about domestic cricket as the target was to play 100 Test matches.
But two years is a long time in cricket and now as Mumbai captain, Rahane embarks on another journey against Hyderabad on Tuesday – one last shot at redemption, although there’s every chance his time has passed .
Still, a 1000-run season is something that could well have the new selection committee wondering if he can be considered for the Test series against Australia in February.
For veterans Rahane and Ishant, a good Ranji Trophy will keep them in the IPL mini auction calculation on December 23. The performance of the first two games, even if in red ball format, could help them.
While Rahane is fighting an uphill battle, Prithvi Shaw is fighting against perceptions that are spreading at high speed in Indian cricket and affecting a player’s confidence.
Leaner and fitter than in previous seasons, Shaw has certainly become smarter but the India or India A call-up eludes him from time to time.
“Saibaba you watch everything” was one of his social media posts after a recent team announcement.
From selling ‘golgappas’ in Maidan to marking a century in the recent round of ‘A’ Tests against Bangladesh A, Jaiswal has come a long way and with age on his side, you never know on whether he will man India Whites for the next 18 years. month.
Those tireless men in domestic cricket
Jaydev Unadkat’s call to the test team is a testament that domestic performance is rewarded.
So once again with pride and passion you’ll see a Sheldon Jackson giving his all for Saurashtra, while Baba Indrajith hitting those beautiful square shots from the wicket would step onto the pitch, bat his bat and think, what else does he need to do to make it to the India A team.
Or Mandeep Singh, who always sports a smile when he steps to bat and hits those shots.
The deans of national cricket make the Ranji Trophy what it is. Let the game begins.


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