Irani Cup 2018: Rest of India's Ravichandran Ashwin, Mayank Agarwal gear for Vidarbha clash

A bunch of domestic performers such as Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw along with likes of Ravichandran Ashwin will be eager to add some context to Irani Cup when Rest of India clashes with Ranji Trophy champions Vidarbha

PTI, Mar 13, 2018 19:20:03 IST

Nagpur: A bunch of domestic performers such as Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw along with a battle-hardened internationals like Ravichandran Ashwin will be eager to add some context to Irani Cup when Rest of India clashes with Ranji Trophy champions Vidarbha.

With just three weeks left for the cash-rich Indian Premier League to start, the Irani Cup sticks out like sore thumb as India A's next big tour starts not before July.

Most of the Rest of India players have had good Ranji Trophy season but BCCI's decision to re-schedule Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy before IPL auctions has taken the sheen away from the prestigious match, which used to serve as trials for India hopefuls in yesteryears.

File photo of Ravichandran Ashwin. AFP

File photo of Ravichandran Ashwin. AFP

However, youngsters like Shaw, Agarwal, Abhimanyu Easwaran won't mind a big hundred in front of national selectors as it would ensure a ticket for the A team's tour of England – a series happening after 2010.

Ravikumar Samarth after a fabulous Deodhar Trophy would like to continue his rich vein of form.

Among the bowlers, Navdeep Saini, who is among the fastest bowlers in India right now, would like to make an impression with workhorse like mentality.

For Ashwin, it will be a chance to get some overs under his belt albeit in a different format, having skipped the Deodhar Trophy due to a niggle.

Ashwin replaced Jadeja in the squad with the latter yet to recover from side strain sustained during Vijay Hazare Trophy.

That Ashwin is in the IPL mode was evident as he was in New Delhi for a Kings XI Punjab promotional event and only reached Nagpur in the evening.

For Vidarbha, it will be an arduous task to keep up the momentum even though Umesh Yadav is back in their ranks to lead the attack with Rajneesh Gurbani.

They have a solid batting line-up in skipper Faiz Fazal and his opening partner Sanjay Ramaswamy, who have laid solid foundation in most of Vidarbha's matches.

Veteran Wasim Jaffer has played more Irani Cup matches than any of the remaining 21 players on the park and wouldn't mind showing his sublime skills against Ashwin on what promises to be a flat batting track.

The Umesh vs Ashwin battle could also be a fascinating sub plot considering both are no longer being looked upon as automatic choices across formats.

While Umesh returned without playing a single Test match, Ashwin at the moment will be more focused on IPL, considering that's his only route to make a comeback in white-ball cricket. With

Ashwin around and Shahbaz Nadeem bowling left-arm spin, Jayant Yadav may not get a look-in in the playing XI.

Squads:

Rest of India: Karun Nair (captain), Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prithvi Shaw, Ravikumar Samarth, Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Kona Bharat (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Jayant Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddarth Kaul, Ankit Rajpoot, Navdeep Saini, Ait Seth

Vidarbha: Faiz Fazal (captain), Ganesh Satish (vice-captain), R Sanjay, Wasim Jaffer, Apoorv Wankhede, Akshay Wadkar (wicketkeeper), Siddhesh Wath, Aditya Sarvate, Karn Sharma, Akshay Wakhare, Umesh Yadav, Rajneesh Gurbani, Yash Thakur, Aditya Thakare, Atharva Taide.

Updated Date: Mar 13, 2018 19:20:03 IST







Top Stories

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5007 116
2 South Africa 4280 110
3 New Zealand 3213 107
4 Australia 4566 104
5 England 5490 104
6 Sri Lanka 4256 89
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6918 126
2 India 8058 122
3 South Africa 5545 111
4 New Zealand 5645 111
5 Pakistan 4872 102
6 Australia 4290 100
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 5280 135
2 India 5590 124
3 South Africa 2960 118
4 England 2586 118
5 Australia 3266 117
6 New Zealand 3367 116