Ranji Trophy Super League 1st Round

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.



10 responses to “Ranji Trophy Super League 1st Round

  1. Thanks Sanjay. And hope twitter takes this feedback in the right sense. I failed to dig out the info till you gave me the link. Such is the misery of domestic cricket.

  2. @Sanjay

    Joshi won’t be joined by Kumble in the next round. Kumble has retired from all forms of the game.

  3. So has Kumble quit the IPL also?

  4. Sanjay, I think Kumble has retired from FC and Test cricket but says he has obligations for IPL and has to talk to the franchise. I don’t expect Mallya to hold him back if he wants to go.

    I thought the comment on Piyush was sorta loaded – Piyush recently took 5 wickets against the OZs when he played for the BP XI around the same time Mishra did for India-A against NZA (or the other way around). All SZ teams except maybe TN are going to struggle I think because no one seems to have 2 top class bowlers. TN has Balaji, Ashwin, YoMa and Jimmy Jr. but unless they click as a unit it is going to be uphill for TN as well. However, given TN’s batting strenght, I do expect them to draw many games with possible first innings lead.

  5. Yes, I am also one of those who hopes Murali Kartik makes a comeback. I remember his mesmeric spell of 26-?-89-1 in Sydney in Jan 2004. Actually these figures could have been far better had it not been for the atrocious keeping of Parthiv Patel.

    Anyway..what he needs is to bowl consistently well at good economy rates and he should be back. After all it wasn’t that long ago that he ran through the Aussies at Mumbai for that 7-for.


  6. Prabu am happy you noticed the ‘loading.’ The reason is that the great Indian spinners of the past got wickets regularly at the domestic level. Rarely would they go wicketless. It is important for Piyush to keep getting wickets in these games. Otherwise he will not be able to break into the national test side.

  7. TN actually went in with an additional bowler in this game and dropped the in form youngster Arun Karthik. Still they could not bowl Mah out twice. Am still not sure if TN can handle UP or Delhi especially since they play so many away games this year. Batting really needs to click big time. Hopefully Badri should join the team now that he is out of the Indian ODI game for the next outing against Karnataka at Bangalore. That will make up for the loss of M Vijay.

  8. Sanjay,
    So has Anirudh Srikkanth faded away a la Sadagopan Ramesh? Can we expect him as well to turn up in TV serials and sidekick roles?


  9. OK. I got a reply for Cricinfo and this squarely blames BCCI. hmm..

    //We apologise for not carrying these scores but we have been refused permission by the BCCI
    from carrying live updates. we will have end-of-day scorecards as soon after the close as possible.

    Please keep track of the below given link for the end-of-day scorecard details:

    We appreciate your understanding and thank you for your support.//

    Now, why would BCCI not allow live coverage of Ranji matches by Cricinfo?

  10. Cricinfo sent this reply on their poor coverage of Ranji matches

    “We apologise for not carrying these scores but we have been refused permission by the BCCI
    from carrying live updates. we will have end-of-day scorecards as soon after the close as possible.

    Please keep track of the below given link for the end-of-day scorecard details:

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