The first round matches are over and the detailed report can be accessed. Already there are a few complaints on Twitter that Cricinfo is not giving adequate coverage to the happenings at the domestic scene and it is a pity that one has to dig through a dozen links before the info can be accessed. There is not even live coverage of the matches. The matches are not even mentioned on the day’s events. ICL seems to get more coverage that a BCCI authorised event.
Anyway for those interested here is a list of the top performers.
Gujarat had an outright victory over Saurashtra. Bhavik Thaker made a big hundred and a maiden unbeaten one for Timil Patel. The more known Patels – Niraj and Parthiv however got only 32 abd 46 respectively in a score of 581. For Saurashtra the U 19 WC squad memebr and left arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja , who also had a good outing with the Rajastan Royals went wicketless. Sidharth Trivedi with a five wicket haul in the first innings impressed.
Tamil Nadu came away with just a 1st innings lead as Maharashtra saved the game after being asked to follow on. TN still needs to get its bowling act together. L Balaji had 2/108 in the 1st innings and hardly bowled in teh second. The spinners Ashwin and C Suresh picked up some. The big plus for TN was the opening stand between M Vijay and Abhinav Mukund. The stand earned Vijay a test debut, and Abhinav became only the third TN cricketer to score a triple hundred in a Ranji game after Arjan Kripal Singh and WV Raman.
Hyderabad also came away with a 1st innings lead. WK Abhinav Kumar made 99 not out. I realised that Debashish Mohanty still plays for Orissa and so does another Test discard SS Das. As expected the captain of Hyderabad Arjun Yadav who always finds himself in all kinds of representative teams failed.
Heavyweight UP was held by Andhra but the big pluses were centuries by Mohd Kaif and Tanmay Srivastava. And for those wondering why Amit Mishra is in the Indian team, Piyush Chawla went wicketless. But Praveen Kumar got 2 and 17 year old Bhuvneswar Kumar got 5. Even without RP Singh UP has good bench strength.
Finally in an important result Mumbai beat Rajastan. Rohit Sharma scored in both innings and Dhaval Kulkarni and Ramesh Powar both got wickets to set up a Mumbai win. I realy think Powar should be taken more seriously. Dhaval Kulkarni seems to have continued his initial strong showing at the IPL to the longer version of the game.
Karnataka drew with Railways and significantly Robin Uthappa scored big. Murali Karthik got five wickets. I really hope he gets back. Yere Goud – this guy goes on for donkey’s years made a hundred as well. Sunil Joshi still bowls for Karnataka and he’ll probably be joined by Kumble to get the old geriatric duo back together for the next round.
Delhi and Paunjab drew their game. Yuvraj Singh made a duck in the 1st innings and scored 38 in the 2nd. Delhi looks strong with Akash Chopra, Shikhar Dhawan and Rajat Bhatia and without Gambhir and Sehwag.
One result in seven games is the typical Ranji scenario. For me the success of batsmen like Rohit Sharma augurs well for Indian cricket.I’d like to some wickets also being taken in the coming rounds to see if spinners are around and can do their bit.