chance to prove myself
The biggest game is starting
Team India has a ladder to reach
New Delhi. When the new season of Indian domestic cricket begins with the Duleep Trophy here on Wednesday, experienced and young players will get a chance to prove their mettle in the red-ball format. The quarter-finals of the tournament will see Central Zone take on East Zone at Alur while North Zone will face Northeast Zone’s challenge at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. The winners of these matches will face West Zone and South Zone in the semi-finals. West Zone and South Zone will have direct entry into the last four stage due to having reached the finals of the previous season. The teams going into action on Wednesday will primarily aim to seal a place in the last four but the selectors will be eyeing some fresh names over the next fortnight as the Indian team goes through a transition.
The Indian team will need more options in the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) and the Duleep Trophy players will also get an opportunity for the selectors. The upcoming season of WTC for the Indian team is starting from July 12 with the West Indies tour. During this, Rinku Singh’s name is included in the players who will have the most eyes. It will be interesting to see the performance of this left-handed player in the Indian Premier League in the red ball format in the new season.
Rinku, who was included in the Central Zone team, impressed in the Ranji Trophy last season by scoring 442 runs in seven matches at an average of almost 62. His career record in first class is also excellent. He has scored 2875 runs in 40 matches with the help of seven centuries and 19 half-centuries and during this period his average is 59.89. This Eastern Zone captain Abhimanyu Easwaran has been on the threshold of making a place in the Indian Test team for a long time. He has scored runs for India A and Bengal.
This batsman, who made his debut in the first class in 2013, has 6556 runs in 87 matches. This batsman, who has suffered failure in big matches, will have another chance to impress the selectors. There are many contenders for India among the bowlers as well. Mukesh Kumar, 29, who represented Bengal in the Ranji Trophy, has already made it to the Indian team. He is included in the list of players who can take forward the country’s fast bowling in future.
In the last season of Ranji Trophy (2022-23), Mukesh took 22 wickets in 5 matches, forming a strong trio with Akash Deep and Ishan Porel for Bengal. Madhya Pradesh’s Avesh Khan also took 38 wickets in eight matches in the last Ranji season. Big names like Cheteshwar Pujara, Suryakumar Yadav, Hanuma Vihari, Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Sarfaraz Khan, Washington Sundar will be seen in the semi-finals to be held early next month.
Schedule: Wednesday at 09:30 am North Zone vs North East Zone: Chinnaswamy Stadium Central Zone vs East Zone.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 27, 2023