Ranji player watch – bowlers

Who are the players to watch out for in the Ranjis this season? Thought I’d compile my list starting with the bowlers.

Fast/Medium bowlers

  • Ishant Sharma, New Delhi 
  • Ranadeb Bose, Bengal 
  • Munaf Patel, Maharashtra
  • VRV Singh, Punjab
  • YoMahesh, TN

Apart from Bose and YoMahesh the other fast bowlers have represented India and Munaf Patel (not withstanding his Challenger Trophy performance) looks the most likely to break back in to the team first. But first he has to play a full season without breaking down. Pankaj Singh from Rajasthan didn’t make the cut into my list, but I’ll still be watching how he performs.

There are some notable exceptions in this list, such as Joginder Sharma and Praveen Kumar, but I thought they are better of falling into the allrounder category.


  • Piyush Chawla (Leg spin/Googly), UP
  • Pragyan Ojha (Left arm orthodox), Hyderabad
  • R Ashwin (Right arm off spin), TN
  • KP Appanna (Left arm orthodox), Karnataka
  • Abdulla (Left arm orthodox), Mumbai

Amit Mishra, the legspinner who has played for India missed the cut from my list. He hasn’t had the kind of impact some one like Piyush Chawla has had, but it would be interesting to see how he goes. Chawla  has already broken into the India ODI squad and there is talks that he may eventually replace Kumble when he retires. Ojha has been very impressive for India A and looked the most likely left arm spinner to break into the Indian squad. But that was before Murali Karthik’s comeback. Appanna and Abdulla show a lot of promise and it would be interesting to see how they perform a full season. I would also like to see how Shahbaz Nadeem (another left arm spinner) who is not in my list performs this season.

Every so often during this season, I’ll try and post on how these people are going.


9 responses to “Ranji player watch – bowlers

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  2. I don’t know whether you could see the Challengers or not, but Mishra was the most impressive and consistent bowler in that tournament this year. And he is just 24 or 25. I have hope from him. He might blossom into a fine wrist spinner!

  3. And why did you exclude Abu-Nacheem from your list? Agreed that he plays in the second Div, but that is not his fault!

  4. Hi Chandan,

    Didn’t get to see the Challengers. The reason that players like Mishra aren’t in my list is because I was trying to keep it under 10! I was tossing between Amit Mishra and Iqbal Abdulla, but went with Abdulla (no specific reason here) in my list, but I’ll definitely be keen to see how he goes.

    YoMahesh and Ishant Sharma pipped Abu Nachim to the list…but will keep an eye out for him…

  5. Does anyone know where is Ishant Sharma? Is he injured? He didn’t play in the Challengers Trophy final, even though he was part of the losing team (India Red) . Though from Delhi, he didn’t play with Delhi against Pakistan recently, and he is not playing against Rajasthan as we speak in the Ranji Trophy.

  6. Shoulder injury, apparently.

  7. Hello blogesh

    In Australia, the players reach their peak by late twenties. They slowly ramp up their abilities from early twenties. In between lots of fitness training, and lots of excellent fine tuning of skills. However, in India, we expect them our players to peak in early twenties. Is there a danger in this? Danger of injuries that could sideline our players permanently? We have lost Balaji, Nehra, Munaf Patel, and many others – they never really recovered after some excellent performances. Any thoughts on this?

  8. Good question, Ranji.

    I think Australian fast bowlers usually tend to start their international careers (Lillee, McGrath, Brett Lee) around 22-23 years (I haven’t looked up the actual statistics to back me up on this one, though), whereas Indians tend to blood them a bit early. Having said that, there are always exceptions – I remember that McDermott started at the age of 19 (although he had his share of injuries).

    I think there are quite a few things that contribute to the fitness of players and there is probably enough there to warrant a separate article. But let me point you to two examples – one from India and the other from Australia that kind of breaks the stereotype you mentioned.

    1. Kapil Dev. Started his career when he was just 19, spearheaded Indian fast bowling for the major part of his career in the hard unforgiving wickets in the sub-continent and yet didn’t miss a single match owing to fitness.

    2. Shane Watson. Young cricketer, lots of promise, trains hard, looks extremely fit and yet breaks down in the middle of almost every series.

    …but you are right though. India needs to work on the fitness of young players (fast bowlers particularly – who are more prone to injuries than others) before they give them their international caps. We are seeing a pattern with young fast bowlers and injuries and it would be a pity if BCCI don’t act on it.

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