Daily Archives: 2 November 2007

Ranji player watch – batsmen

The Ranji season is just about to begin, and following on from my earlier post about bowlers to watch out for, here is a list of batsmen I’ve made –

  • S. Badrinath
  • V. Sehwag
  • Akash Chopra
  • R. Uthappa
  • S. Raina
  • Rohit Sharma
  • M. Tiwary
  • Chateshwar Pujara
  • M. Vijay
  • M. Kaif

I’ve restricted the list to just 10 players and some people like Shikar Dhawan have missed out. Of the list of players in this list, S. Badrinath could still get a call up to the Test squad that plays Pakistan. Chopra and Sehwag are other batsmen who would be in the selectors radar. It would be interesting to see how people like Uthappa, Sharma and Raina who have represented India in ODIs fare this season. Uthappa was the top scorer in the Ranji Trophy last season, followed by Tiwary, who had a Bradmanesque average of 99.50. M Vijay who made his debut for TN last season took the third spot last year in terms of run aggregates and he would be hoping to continue his impressive form. Pujara is another batsman who is rated very highly and people expect him to play for India some day. Kaif has led the India A team brilliantly, but he will have to prove his worth in the domestic circuit this year if he has to win back his India cap.

-Mahesh-

Ranji Trophy 2007-08

Mahesh Krishnan sounded the bugle for the 74th Ranji Trophy 2007-08 season in his earlier post. I will be looking forward to the “Ranji Player Watch” series that Mahesh Krishnan has suggested. We will also try and provide round-by-round analysis here at the conclusion of each round.

The 74th ‘Ranji season’ kicks off Saturday 3 November 2007. Most matches will commence on 3 Nov, with two matches — Bengal V Hyderabad and Delhi V Rajasthan — commencing Sunday 4 Nov 2007. The Bengal V Hyderabad match was postponed by a day to allow Team India use of the Eden Gardens practice facilities. The Delhi V Rajasthan game starts a day late because Delhi will play Pakistan in a tour game starting today (2 Nov 2007). In all, 13 matches will be played in this round in the Plate League and Super League.

For a curtain-raiser on the Ranji Season, see the excellent 5-part “Eye on Ranji” series in CricInfo (Part-1, Part-2, Part-3, Part-4, Part-5).

This promises to be another cracker of a season and we will try and bring the news to you as it happens.

The Teams:

Super League:
Maharashtra, Orissa, Baroda, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Bengal, Hyderabad, Saurashtra, Mumbai, Punjab, Delhi

Plate League:
Assam, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Railways, Services, Tripura, Vidarbha

— Mohan