Deodhar Trophy: Selectors have a lot to look for
RANCHI: It has just been over a week since India trounced South Africa by an innings and 202 runs at JSCA International Cricket Stadium in final Test of the three-match series. Come Thursday, the venue will again host a fair share of India’s international stars, for the 47th edition of the Deodhar Trophy.
With India ‘A’, India ‘B’ and India ‘C’ slated to lock horns over four matches in five days, the national selectors will keep an eye out for the 50-over tournament in the lead up to next year’s World T20 Down Under. While some old
warhorses will be trying to make a comeback to India’s white-ball team, the youngsters on the fringes will be keen to prove their mettle.
With the likes of Siddarth Kaul, Jaydev Unadkat and Jharkhand’s Ishan Kishan in their ranks, Hanuma Vihari-led India ‘A’ will be looking to upstage Parthiv Patel’s India ‘B’ in the opening fixture on Thursday. Sweating it out under the warm Wednesday sun, 33-year-old Ravichandran Ashwin, first with the ball and then with the bat, left no stones unturned. He has not played in Team India’s blue jersey since the 2017 Champions Trophy.
Much like Ashwin, middle-order batsman Kedar Jadhav, too, will be looking to make a comeback to Virat Kohli’s limited overs side. Another man keen to make a mark after a horrendous run with a toe-injury is Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar.