Ranji Trophy 2012-13, Round V December 2, 2012

Ranji Trophy 2012-13, Round V, Day 2

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That does it for day two of round five. Jadeja becoming the first Indian to make three first-class triple centuries, an opener stranded on 199, another stranded on 98, Badrinath falling for 192, Arish Alam making a fighting hundred on a difficult pitch, an allrounder taking a seven-for, Pankaj Singh picking up yet another five-for, and much more. Join us on day three at 9.30 am. Good bye for now.

In Mohali, Rajasthan 222 and 56 for 1 v Punjab 215

In Mumbai, Mumbai 297 and 6 for 0 v Bengal 201

In Valsad, Hyderabad 50 for 1 v Gujarat 566

In Rajkot, Saurashtra 534 for 6 (Jadeja 320*) v Railways

In Lahli, Delhi 165 for 6 (Unmukt Chand 76*) v Haryana 307

In Sambalpur, Orissa 237 for 3 v Maharashtra 315

In Nagpur, Tamil Nadu 443 for 8 (Badrinath 192) v Vidarbha

In Kanpur, UP 301 for 6 v Baroda 254

In Guwahati, J&K 323 and 1 for 0 v Assam 165

In Nadaun, Himachal Pradesh 111 for 5 v Tripura 441

In Vizag, Goa 72 for 1 v Andhra 393

In Delhi, Services 84 for 2 v Kerala 314

4.55 pm Mohandas Menon tweets on Ravindra Jadeja

4.50 pm J&K's Parvez Rassol takes seven

Assam have collapsed in Guwahati. They were 126 for 2 in pursuit of J&K's 323, but allrounder Parvez Rassol's offspinners have bundled them out for 165. Rassol took 7 for 41, easily his best figures. He had a first-class bowling average of 56.16 coming into this game. A few years ago, Rassol, still only 23, had made the headlines for something completely different from cricket.

4.45 pm Mumbai take a 96-run lead

After Kerala opener V Jagadeesh was stranded on 199 earlier, Bengal's Arindam Das has carried his bat to make 98 against Mumbai. Ankeet Chavan's four wickets have ended the Bengal innings on 201, well short of Mumbai's 297.

4.40 pm Hundred on a difficult pitch for Alam

Uttar Pradesh's Arish Alam has reached his second first-class hundred on a green wicket in Kanpur, which has aided movement through the game. There has been lots of bounce too, high as well as low, but Alam has taken UP to 299 for 6 v Baroda's 254.

4.30 Tamil Nadu crawl past 400

In Nagpur, Tamil Nadu have now batted nearly two days to make 408 for 8 against Vidarbha. Shrikant Wagh has taken 4 for 99, Badrinath out for 192. to me, TN typify Indian first-class cricket. From the first ball, bat with the intention of taking the first-innings lead. I'll run for cover if Vidarbha collapse twice in the remaining two days.

4.25 pm Delhi lose Bhatia

In Lahli, Rohtak, Haryana captain Amit Mishra has bowled allrounder Rajat Bhatia, and Delhi are on 118 for 4. Unmukt Chand is batting on 42. Haryana made 307.

4.20 pm Strong reply from Odisha

Hosts Odisha have motored to 227 for 3 in Sambalpur in reply to Maharashtra's 315. The Beheras are at it again. Natraj, the captain, made 60 and Niranjan is batting on 55.

4.15 pm Gujarat make 566

Gujarat have been bowled out in Valsad against Hyderabad, after centuries from Parthiv Patel and Manprit Juneja.

4.10 pm Mumbai set to take big lead

Our man Sid Talya: "Ankeet Chavan takes four, landed on a length and Veer Pratap Singh pushed it straight back to him. Bengal are 168 for 8. Arindam Das is fighting, still, on 68."

4 pm UP take the lead in Kanpur

The second new ball claimed Mohammad Kaif, but not before he made a fighting 83. Arish Alam still there on 85, and UP on 276 for 5 against Baroda's 254.

3.45 pm Jadeja gets third first-class triple

He is the first Indian to do so, and only the eighth ever in first-class cricket. He joins Bradman, Ponsford, Hammond, Grace, Hick, Lara, and M Hussey. Laxman and Jaffer have two in first-class cricket, Sehwag has two in Tests. But Jadeja is alone at the top right now. If this does not change the kind of perception people have of him, nothing ever will.

3.40 pm Badri goes for 192

Badrinath has fallen eight short of a double in Nagpur, where Tamil Nadu have plodded to 382 for 7 against Vidarbha.

3.35 Delhi bruised and battling in Lahli

Unmukt Chand retired after taking a blow to the elbow and has come back to bat. It is Mithun Manhas who has had to go off now, with a back spasm. Harshal Patel has taken two wickets, and Delhi are 88 for 3 against Haryana.

3.30 pm Mumbai all over Bengal now

Our man Sid Talya reports from the CCI: "Bengal have lost their sixth. Avishkar Savli got one to nip away and Jhunjhunwala tried to play it off the back foot. Got a thick edge and was snapped up at first slip. Bengal are 150 for 6, still 147 behind. Arindam Das is still batting on 55. Laxmi Shukla, the man with the five-for in the Mumbai innings, walks in."

3.20 pm Juneja gets to his century after Parthiv

Gujarat are on 526 for 5 against Hyderabad in Valsad. This is 22-year old Manprit Juneja's fourth hundred in seven first-class games.

3.15 pm Rajasthan quicks run through Punjab

Led by Pankaj Singh, who has taken his 16th first-class five-for in 65 games, Rajasthan have dismissed Punjab for 215, for a small lead of seven. Aniket Choudhary has picked up three, Rituraj Singh has taken two. Ravi Inder Singh top-scored with 85, but no one else made a fifty.

3.05 pm Mumbai keep striking at the CCI

Sid Talya is not impressed: "The Bengal batsmen are being let-off but they insist on getting out. Subhomoy Das departs the very next delivery after he is dropped. He was put down by Hiken Shah at second slip off Ankeet Chavan, but kept prodding outside off and edged the next one to first slip where Wasim Jaffer made no mistake. Bengal are 132 for 5 in 44 overs."

2.45 pm Jadeja goes to tea on 279

If he gets 21 more, Ravindra Jadeja will become the first man, I repeat, the first man to make three triple centuries in the Ranji Trophy. VVS Laxman has two, so does Wasim Jaffer. Only seven batsmen have achieved the feat before in first-class cricket. Saurashtra are 464 for 6, the next-highest score is Shitanshu Kotak's 68. Staggering, plain simple staggering. Someone check if he is human.

2.40 pm Century for Parthiv

Parthiv Patel has fallen for 111 in Valsad, but Manprit Juneja is still there on 79, and Gujarat are 488 for 5 against Hyderabad. Breezy knock from Parthiv, he faced 144 deliveries and hit 14 fours.

2.30 pm Another triple for Jadeja?

The man is unstoppable. He is batting on 267 off 425 deliveries in Rajkot, where Saurashtra have reached 449 for 6. Kamlesh Makvana supporting Jadeja on 48.

2.20 pm Stranded on 199

V Jagadeesh, the Kerala opener, has been left stranded on 199 against Services in Delhi. Last man Sandeep Warrier survived 17 deliveries before going caught behind off his 18th. Jagadeesh has been using team-mate Sachin Baby's bat, and has batted nearly ten hours and 384 deliveries with it. Kerala 314, Jagadeesh making nearly two-thirds of those runs.

2.15 pm Saha goes for a duck ...

... after getting bowled off a no-ball at the CCI. Sid Talya has more: "An offspinner’s delight. Ramesh Powar tossed it up outside off and Saha tried to drive it through the covers. It turned in to beat him through the gate and hit off and middle. But the umpire wanted to double-check if it was a no-ball, and after a nearly 10-minute delay it was ruled a no-ball. Saha got a life, but what happens next? He offers a catch to forward short leg. Powar got that one to jump as it turned in, and it caught Saha's gloves. Both Tiwary and Saha have had reprieves, and both failed to cash in. Bengal are 93 for 4." Mumbai made 297.

2.10 pm Group C update

In Nadaun, Himachal Pradesh, Tripura have made 441, and also taken an early wicket. Himachal 12 for 1. This is only the fifth time Tripura have made more than 400 in an innings.

2.05 pm Monkeys on the field in Kanpur

Green Park has been invaded by monkeys. At least eight of them surrounding a Baroda fielder in the deep, lest he play a role in breaking the growing partnership between Uttar Pradesh's Mohammad Kaif and Arish Alam. UP 184 for 4. Exact monkey count unavailable. One of them spotted walking off the field. Don't you come back and ask to bowl soon.

2 pm Update from the far east

Tea has been taken some time back in Guwahati, where they start an hour earlier than the rest of the country. Assam are 108 for 2, captain Dheeraj Jadhav leading with an unbeaten 60. J&K made 323.

1.50 pm Manoj Tiwary falls in Mumbai

The Bengal captain has given it away at the CCI. Bengal 92 for 3, Tiwary gone for 39. Sid Talya has this for us: "Manoj Tiwary is gone. He had a reprieve earlier, after which he immediately counterattacked. Chavan was punched through cover for a boundary. The next delivery was flighted, and landed on a length. Tiwary intended to chip it over mid-off but found Avishkar Salvi there. An easy catch. He’s gone for 39 off 64 balls. Wriddhiman Saha is the new man. The first innings has not been a rewarding one for either Rohit or Tiwary."

1.45 pm Badri in control in Nagpur

Badrinath has reached 167 against Vidarbha, and Tamil Nadu are 334 for 4.

1.40 pm Punjab recover against Rajasthan

In Mohali, Ravi Inder Singh (74*) and Gurkeerat Singh (39*) have helped Punjab recover from 87 for 4. They are now only 47 behind Rajasthan at 175 for 4. Gurkeerat had a few noticeable cameos for Kings XI Punjab last IPL and had said then he wanted to play Ranji Trophy. This is his second first-class game.

1.35 pm Update from the CCI

Sid Talya writes in: "Manoj Tiwary is living dangerously, the first ball of Ankeet Chavan’s spell he drove uppishly towards Rohit Sharma at extra cover but it fell just short. The next ball, one that turned away, he edged to slip and Wasim Jaffer failed to hold on to a straightforward chance. The third ball was flighted generously and Tiwary took the bait, lofting Chavan over the long-on boundary. He almost achieved the same result next ball, which was a one-bounce four. An eventful first over from Chavan. Tiwary survives. He was on 23 when dropped. Bengal 82 for 2."

1.20 pm Odisha lose their captain

Odisha have lost Natraj Behera for a breezy 60. They are 130 for 2 in reply to Maharashtra's 315 in Sambalpur.

1.05 pm Jadeja makes another double

Ravindra Jadeja has reached one more double ton in Rajkot. It is the seventh time he has gone past 100 in first-class cricket, and when he does, he usually goes on and on. Here is his list of hundreds - 232*, 143, 122*, 170*, 314, 303*, and now 205*. Saurashtra 359 for 6 v Railways. His average has gone up to nearly 52 now, ten runs more than Suresh Raina's. Of course, he plays most of his games on the batting paradise that is the Rajkot pitch, but that is also where Cheteshwar Pujara has made most of his runs. I think it is time we look at Ravindra Jadeja as more than a bits-and-pieces cricketer restricted to a side role in limited-overs games.

1 pm Delhi wobble in Lahli

Delhi have lost Shikhar Dhawan to Haryana's Mohit Sharma in Lahli, Rohtak. Mohit has already caused Unmukt Chand to retire hurt with a blow to the elbow. Delhi 16 for 2, Haryana 307

12 noon Lunch update

At the CCI, Bengal are 41 for 2 in reply to Mumbai's 297. Manoj Tiwary 12* Our man Sid Talya writes in: "Tiwary has had a shaky start: he's been beaten a few times, got a leading edge that just landed wide of extra cover and had a big shout for lbw off Kshemal Waingankar when the ball kept low. The last ball before lunch, he drove through square leg for four."

One thing about Tiwary is, even when he is deep into an innings, he somehow never gives the impression of being in full control. That is the way he bats. His way has brought him 17 first-class hundreds at an average just under 60.

Defending champions Rajasthan have hit back against Punjab in Mohali. Pankaj Singh, yet again, is among the wickets. Wonder what he needs to do to get an India call-up. Punjab 115 for 4

In Valsad in south Gujarat, the hosts have lost four wickets, but Parthiv Patel is there on 62. Gujarat 360 for 4 v Hyderabad

In Rajkot, Ravindra Jadeja is eight away from another first-class double hundred. He's already got a triple this season, and a six-for. Saurashtra 342 for 6 v Railways

Siddhartha Sharma of the Indian Express tells me that India Under-19 captain Unmukt Chand has retired hurt after being hit on the elbow in the opening over of Delhi's innings by Mohit Sharma. Harshal Patel has taken a wicket in his first over, and Delhi are 7 for 1 after Haryana made 307.

Odisha 74 for 1 in Sambalpur, Maharashtra made 315

In Nagpur, Badrinath has motored to 152, and has taken Tamil Nadu to 305 for 4 against Vidarbha

11.50 am Kaif doing a Kaif

In Kanpur, Mohammad Kaif is battling it out after UP lost four wickets in the morning against Baroda. The Green Park pitch has been nearly as green as the rest of the outfield. Kaif's been hit on the glove, he's been beaten, he's been dropped in the slips, he's looked ugly, but he's still there, on 29 off 73, and UP are 124 for 4.

11.40 am Awana takes five, Haryana make 307

In Lahli, Rohtak, Parvinder Awana has ended with 5 for 71, his seventh five-for in his 40th first-class game. Haryana have been dismissed for 307, with young quick Harshal Patel making an unbeaten 39 in his first game of the season.

11.35 am Badrinath carries on

Slow progress for Tamil Nadu in Nagpur. S Badrinath has reached 119 against Vidarbha, and TN are 263 for 4, having lost India Under-19 allrounder Baba Aparajith for 13.

11.30 am Manoj Tiwary in to bat in Mumbai

"Tiwary walks in. Writam Porel was caught at third slip as he tried to drive Dhawal Kulkarni. Bengal are 20 for 2 in the ninth over. Tiwary's been beaten first ball. Four slips, a gully and a backward short leg for him," writes our man Sid Talya from Brabourne Stadium.

Odds on Tiwary to outdo his India competitor. Rohit Sharma made 1 in Mumbai's first innings.

11.20 am Group C update

In Vizag, Amol Muzumdar has fallen for 88. Andhra 320 for 7 v Goa

In Delhi, opener V Jagadeesh carries on and on, he's reached 156 and taken Kerala to 256 for 6 v Services

Up near the mountains in Nadaun, Himachal Pradesh, Tripura have given a mighty fine account of themselves. They are 390 for 7

Far to the east in Guwahati, Assam have dismissed Jammu & Kashmir for 323, with medium-pacer Arup Das, 21, taking six wickets. Assam are 18 for 0

11.15 am Mumbai strike at the CCI

Our man Sid Talya writes: "Rohan Banerjee took a chance against Ramesh Powar, who was made to run from mid-on as Arindam Das played the ball through midwicket. Das settled for two but Banerjee was pressing for the third, he was made to turn back and run to the non-striker's end but Powar returned a good throw to the bowler Avishkar Salvi. Bengal are 17 for 1." This is for all those who think fat men can't run. Not only can they do that, they can even cause run-outs. More power to Powar.

11 am Odisha 40 for 1, Maharashtra make 315

Just like Mumbai's lower order folded in minutes after resisting for some hours, Maharashtra have gone from 314 for 7 to 315 all out in Sambalpur. Shrikant Mundhe was unbeaten on 39, and came back to strike in his third over

10.55 am Haryana 263 for 8 v Delhi

Parwinder Awana has picked up four wickets in Lahli, Rohtak. Left-arm spinner Vikas Mishra has two and Haryana have unravelled after being 119 for 1.

10.45 am Raina goes for 25 off 23

UP captain Raina is gone in Kanpur, getting a leading edge to mid-on as he tried to work a pitched-up delivery to the leg side. The bright side, it wasn't a bouncer. UP 78 for 3 in pursuit of Baroda's 254

10.40 am Five for Shukla, Mumbai dismissed for 297

"The last three have fallen for four runs. Powar was bowled charging out to Laxmi Shukla, tried to defend, got an inside edge," Sid Talya tells us about the demise of the Mumbai lower order. Of course, they have fought, as they usually do, thirties from Ankeet Chavan and Dhawal Kulkarni. And a completely out-of-character 17 off 73 deliveries for Ramesh Powar.

10.35 am Mumbai 297 for 9

Sid Talya writes: "Left-arm spinner Iresh Saxena strikes twice in the same over! Dhawal Kulkarni drove the second ball of Saxena's first over today to extra cover. A handy partnership between Kulkarni and Ramesh Powar, worth 45. Kulkarni fell for 37, Powar is on 17. Kshemal Waingankar is caught at mid-off as he tries to go over the top."

10.30 am Former Saurashtra bowler troubles Saurashtra

Hardik Rathod, the Railways left-arm medium-pacer who played for Saurashtra before, has taken out the immoveable object Shitanshu Kotak in Rajkot. Saurashtra 272 for 6, Ravindra Jadeja still there on 140

10.10 am Suresh Raina walks in, and gets a bouncer

At Green Park, Kanpur, UP captain Raina is in at No. 4, after Baroda removed the openers cheaply after having made 254 on day one. And the second ball he gets is short, rises at his throat, Raina shows it the back of his head and his glove, and somehow manages to survive. Could have been hit badly. UP 45 for 2

10.05 am A pitch made of stone

The Vidarbha Cricket Association has listened to former India legspinner and selector Narendra Hirwani's words and has built a playing surface out of Kota stone, according to Khurram Habib of the Hindustan Times. Hirwani has been in favour of such pitches, which don't aid turn at all. He believes domestic spinners need to practise on stone wickets to learn how to give the ball a rip, rather than floating it up and letting helpful turners do everything. Aye, he knows something about spin bowling does Hirwani, the man took 732 first-class wickets.

9.50 am Sunday morning in Mumbai

Our man Sid Talya is living the good life: "Pleasant morning, a very light breeze blowing. The cafe alongside the ground at the CCI was full a short while ago, members having tea and breakfast. Plenty of room at the Stadium restaurant next to Churchgate station. An adda for journalists, and others, for a bite during a game at the CCI or Wankhede." Imagine a restaurant called Stadium right between two stadiums. Even has something for us (Sid Talya asks to be excluded) vegetarians such as me.

9.45 am Maharashtra lower order fights

In Sambalpur, Shrikant Mundhe and Akshay Darekar have added 59, and Maharashtra have reached 309 for 7 against hosts Odisha.

9.35 am Rajasthan strike early

Up north in Mohali, Punjab have lost Karan Goel in the fourth over of the day, in pursuit of the 222 made by defending champions Rajasthan. They are 34 for 2 at the moment.

9.30 am Day two begins ...

Hello, hello. We are back to bring you the action from day two of the latest round of the Ranji Trophy. Our man Siddhartha Talya has made his way to the Cricket Club of India in south Mumbai, and he tells me that there was light applause as Mumbai's Ramesh Powar and Dhawal Kulkarni walked out to face the Bengal bowlers.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • shivanshdixit on December 3, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    please have a look player like R Dhawan Bhuneshwer Kumar Manprit Juneja and Jeavan jot Ravindra jateja they all are in good form this is the real time to select them in Indian test cricket team Instead of Gautam shewag yuvrag sachin ishant and dinda according to me test squad of indian team is A rahane J jot singh C pujara V kohli S badrinath R jateja M dhoni R asshwin Bhunesh kumar Z Khan U yadev P ojha Awana M Juneja M keff R dhawan For one day internationals Ggambhir Arahane Vkohli yuvrag singh suresh raina Rishi dhawan MS dhoni R ashwin Bhunesh kumar v Aron Awana IPathan P Chawla Manoj tiwary A nayar If you want any change then please suggest me

  • abhishek on December 2, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    though all are writing about jadeja that he is scoring triple only in flat rajkot wicket but i only ask you one question why the other batsman who got a chance to play in rajkot didnt get the milestone of 3 triple centuries in ranji trophy.even pujara scored only 2 triple hundred,but all you are saying pujara could be the next dravid.why jadeja cant be a star in tests.give him a chance then we will see..............

  • B S Kumar on December 2, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    It's not about who we select, or who is guaranteed to deliver at some spot. There are the same parameters for everyone and not much separating these talents. WHEN they get the opportunity they must deliver, that's all that counts. Sometimes, innate ability can be given a bit of an extended run, but then, that is exactly what the selectors see sometimes and the fans disagree with. Without Jadeja's failures, he would appear a sure shot winner waiting to make a stunning impact in international cricket, wouldn't he?

  • Giri on December 2, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Jadeja scored his 3rd triple and it will be inhuman to ask him to score one more in FC and break the record of Sir Don Bradman to be in Indian team. He has six wicket haul in the second previous game and have to think very seriously. Some of you might be considering this Million dollar baby as an under achiever. But he was a victim always to bat after the 16th over in T20 and no options left but to hit only which eventually spoiled his rhythm. Those who call him a flat track bully, should watch his 70 odd runs he scored in an ODI in the last English tour in which India got white watched. That is too just after some hours after landing on English soil.

  • ripu sarma on December 2, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Great work by Jadeja

  • jithin on December 2, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    Suresh Raina was really looking good in his 25 off 22 deliveries. He played the cut, the pull and his signature drives to get 4-5 boundaries and race on when Kaif at the other end was struggling to move the score ahead .He was batting at ease until he closed the face of the bat too early while trying to glance the ball and got dismissed in a soft manner. Slight lapse in concentration but he did look good for more runs. Hope he gets a big one in the 2nd innings.

  • Saurabh on December 2, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    @Amitoj "honestly he can't replace anyone".Really?Do we have irreplaceable and infallible batsmen in the Indian team? The job of the selectors is to pick the best 15/16,who they think can win for the country.And while doing this they have to make sure that they award performance in domestic cricket and form in international matches(if they are going to neglect and overlook men performing in Ranji,then why bother at all.They had better do away with the farce.). There are players in the current Indian side who have not quite performed as well as one would have expected them to.The selectors should take stock at the end of the third rubber and usher in people who have been successful in domestic cricket and show promise.

  • Mahip on December 2, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    100 for Arish Alam with a cracking cover drive.Standing Ovations from the team mates.

  • Anonymous on December 2, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Nice & fiery bowling by Mohit Sharma, keeping Delhi in check...Awana is a good fast bowler & he's proved again by his 5-fer, Also the way Pankaj Singh jolted the progress of Punjab was a worth notifying performance...dunno what selectors are waiting for. Come on!!..these two bowlers are definetly better than likes of Dinda, Vinay or Mithun. Give them an oppurtunity along with R Dhawan & B Kumar (the seaming allrounders ).

  • Binu on December 2, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    I don't know why lot of people hating poor Jadeja.I can remember one incident in T20 WC due to his slow batting we lost the match.He was a 20 year old kid that time.Rajokot may be flat pitch,but next high score is 78* and he is a big innings player,He(top run getter so far) and Rishi Dhawan (top wicket taker so far) should consider for selection.

  • shivanshdixit on December 3, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    please have a look player like R Dhawan Bhuneshwer Kumar Manprit Juneja and Jeavan jot Ravindra jateja they all are in good form this is the real time to select them in Indian test cricket team Instead of Gautam shewag yuvrag sachin ishant and dinda according to me test squad of indian team is A rahane J jot singh C pujara V kohli S badrinath R jateja M dhoni R asshwin Bhunesh kumar Z Khan U yadev P ojha Awana M Juneja M keff R dhawan For one day internationals Ggambhir Arahane Vkohli yuvrag singh suresh raina Rishi dhawan MS dhoni R ashwin Bhunesh kumar v Aron Awana IPathan P Chawla Manoj tiwary A nayar If you want any change then please suggest me

  • abhishek on December 2, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    though all are writing about jadeja that he is scoring triple only in flat rajkot wicket but i only ask you one question why the other batsman who got a chance to play in rajkot didnt get the milestone of 3 triple centuries in ranji trophy.even pujara scored only 2 triple hundred,but all you are saying pujara could be the next dravid.why jadeja cant be a star in tests.give him a chance then we will see..............

  • B S Kumar on December 2, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    It's not about who we select, or who is guaranteed to deliver at some spot. There are the same parameters for everyone and not much separating these talents. WHEN they get the opportunity they must deliver, that's all that counts. Sometimes, innate ability can be given a bit of an extended run, but then, that is exactly what the selectors see sometimes and the fans disagree with. Without Jadeja's failures, he would appear a sure shot winner waiting to make a stunning impact in international cricket, wouldn't he?

  • Giri on December 2, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Jadeja scored his 3rd triple and it will be inhuman to ask him to score one more in FC and break the record of Sir Don Bradman to be in Indian team. He has six wicket haul in the second previous game and have to think very seriously. Some of you might be considering this Million dollar baby as an under achiever. But he was a victim always to bat after the 16th over in T20 and no options left but to hit only which eventually spoiled his rhythm. Those who call him a flat track bully, should watch his 70 odd runs he scored in an ODI in the last English tour in which India got white watched. That is too just after some hours after landing on English soil.

  • ripu sarma on December 2, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Great work by Jadeja

  • jithin on December 2, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    Suresh Raina was really looking good in his 25 off 22 deliveries. He played the cut, the pull and his signature drives to get 4-5 boundaries and race on when Kaif at the other end was struggling to move the score ahead .He was batting at ease until he closed the face of the bat too early while trying to glance the ball and got dismissed in a soft manner. Slight lapse in concentration but he did look good for more runs. Hope he gets a big one in the 2nd innings.

  • Saurabh on December 2, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    @Amitoj "honestly he can't replace anyone".Really?Do we have irreplaceable and infallible batsmen in the Indian team? The job of the selectors is to pick the best 15/16,who they think can win for the country.And while doing this they have to make sure that they award performance in domestic cricket and form in international matches(if they are going to neglect and overlook men performing in Ranji,then why bother at all.They had better do away with the farce.). There are players in the current Indian side who have not quite performed as well as one would have expected them to.The selectors should take stock at the end of the third rubber and usher in people who have been successful in domestic cricket and show promise.

  • Mahip on December 2, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    100 for Arish Alam with a cracking cover drive.Standing Ovations from the team mates.

  • Anonymous on December 2, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Nice & fiery bowling by Mohit Sharma, keeping Delhi in check...Awana is a good fast bowler & he's proved again by his 5-fer, Also the way Pankaj Singh jolted the progress of Punjab was a worth notifying performance...dunno what selectors are waiting for. Come on!!..these two bowlers are definetly better than likes of Dinda, Vinay or Mithun. Give them an oppurtunity along with R Dhawan & B Kumar (the seaming allrounders ).

  • Binu on December 2, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    I don't know why lot of people hating poor Jadeja.I can remember one incident in T20 WC due to his slow batting we lost the match.He was a 20 year old kid that time.Rajokot may be flat pitch,but next high score is 78* and he is a big innings player,He(top run getter so far) and Rishi Dhawan (top wicket taker so far) should consider for selection.

  • Amitoj Singh on December 2, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Right! So Jadeja scored a triple hundred. But does that mean he should find a place in the Indian test batting line up? No! Cause honestly he can't replace anyone. The others have showed they are better. Having said that the fact that he finds himself in elite company at least in the record books is something to cherish for all Indians

  • M Shareef on December 2, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Kaif Is good perform ranji trophi .Kaif must last test again

    st Enland

  • Pavel Braganza on December 2, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Jadeja has got to his third triple which puts him in elite company. The man we love to hate is again making the selectors take notice of him. If he can keep improving his game, bowling as well as batting that is, he could well earn a recall. But we need to look at what he does outside Rajkot as Rajkot is known to be a batsman's paradise.

  • Satish on December 2, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Jadeja making 3 triples should signal the end of the pitches committee chairman. The only reason Saurashtra have made the knockouts in the recent past is because of that horrible rajkot wicket where 414 was nearly chased down in an ODI. They get points either through scoreboard pressure or racking up enough draws.

  • Mahip on December 2, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    100 for Arish Alam with a cracking cover drive.Standing Ovations from the team mates.

  • Mahip on December 2, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Piyush Chawla gone for 23.Bhatt gets him in the slip.

  • jerome on December 2, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    GOD OF INDIAN CRICKET( AS ALWAYS WE USE TO SAY ) THE 39 YR OLD AND 23 YR SERVICE,HAS DONE EVEYTHING.. WHAT ELSE TO DO SO.. PLEASE LEAVE YOUR PLACE FOR ONE YOUNGSTER... WE WANT ANOTHER SACHIN..

  • subh on December 2, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    @yayathy r u out of ur mind i think tn cant resist day 2........

  • Mahip on December 2, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Gagandeep Singh getting some swing against UP

  • sarth trivedi on December 2, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    guys look at manpret juneja he is a class players justlook at his stats he bats in the middle but always takes responsibilities

  • abhishek on December 2, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    players like R jadeja should be looked at test cricket.i think he is better allrounder in test than yuvraj,yuvraj is best in t20 and odi.though you would say jadeja is scoring centuries in rajkot one of the flat wicket in india but look at pujara he is also from rajkot.and jadeja will be the only man in history of ranji to score 3 triple hundreds.we always look at pathan as an allrounder but what about L sukla and B kumar.they should be also in radar.

  • Sai Prasad on December 2, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    A pointer that hardly anything has changed in the sorry state of our ranji pitches. When you look at the other players and compare their international records with SIR.Ravindra Jadeja, it sums up the situation- Super flat belters ,bowlers getting slaughtered and hoping/praying that the opposition declares!

  • Sitanshu Shekhar on December 2, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Oddly, each of those names with 3 triples along with Jadeja are Greats. Only Hick might not be considered in the same league (though still a legend in first class).

    If Jadeja can match any of their contributions while representing India, he would have done indian cricket a great service.

  • Senthil on December 2, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    UP batsman batting really well in a green track to reach 247/4 after folding Baroda for 254. I think UP can bat on and take a hefty lead and ask Baroda to bat for survival in the 4th day, which might result in a win for UP. Let see

  • abhishek on December 2, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    i think selectors instead of rotating players like raina,yuvraj,rohit sharma,murali vijay in the test team who are not performing so well in this season they should look at players like M Kaif who has experience at international level.

  • Sunjay on December 2, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    JADEJA for NAGPUR test!!! Jadeja is about to make his history, his third triple in Ranji, no one has EVER scored three triples in the history of Ranji. More commendable given that he is still 4 days shy of his 24th birthday. At this rate he may have a dozen triples in his carrer. I believe its time be is looked at as the ALLROUNDER for TEST TEAM. BTW, he can bowl AND is a good fielder.

  • Senthil on December 2, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    I believe Badri's 192 is much better then R Jadeja's another triple but all made on batting paradise. I would value R Jadeja's runs when he scores a small matter of century in a difficult track. Though he bowls well on those tracks where tough to bat on but failed to score.

  • Sivaprem on December 2, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Still no talks about Jadeja getting a test call up!! Time he was given a chance at home?

  • Vivek Bhandari on December 2, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Ravinder Jadeja about to reach his 3rd triple hundred. More pressure on Sachin now; or on Yuvraj?

  • cibin on December 2, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Yes .... jadeja should replace Yuvi ... Yuvi is not a test player at all with raina .. Jadu can give good partnership @ no.6 ... Guys don't say badri r some other batsman @ no. 6 ... V need good all rounder at that spot .. In sub continent condition jadeja is good at no.6 and when it goes 2 over seas irfan pathan r some fast bowling all rounder is gud at that spot ...

  • Prasanta Tripathy on December 2, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    From Russia, we are eagerly waiting for third consecutive win of Odisha. C'mon Biplab Samantaray & Niranjan Behera We want centuries from both of you. With love from Russia

  • sumit on December 2, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    what pankaj singh needs to do more to catch the eye of selectors...........

  • Yayathy on December 2, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Come on guys, Jadeja is yet to prove himself in international arena. The third test is at Kolkata and not Rajkot. Let him prove on the A tours and then knock for selection.

  • sumit on December 2, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    there is excitement in mohali plese cover

  • yr_2007 on December 2, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    come on !! jadeja is being over hyped just like rohit sharma !! railways is a minnow team and the bowlers are very poor and tht too rajkot is one of the smallest stadiums in india where every ball u hit runs to the boundary!! we have seen the class and quality of jadeja when he played in big grounds of lords and mcg he cant even get a single boundary in t20 wc 2010 in lords and his bowling will be trashed for 6 consecutive sixes by warner or watson !!

    may be he can score singles like a run machine he wont fare worse than yuvi or raina in tests but there are players like rahane,manoj tiwary,saha,badrinath,mukund who are just born for test cricket ahead of jadeja !! scoring 300's against poor opposition in shortest stadiums wont make u a test batsman !!

    no offence !!

  • kailesh on December 2, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    in the form he is in... how about getting jadeja for yuvraj singh... not a bad call.. he can also be the 3rd spinner.. that too a left arm one...

  • Yayathy on December 2, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Yes, Tamil Nadu should keep batting all 4 days if possible to show the organizers what kind of a track they have produced.

  • Khem on December 2, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    How much wicket Rishi Dhawan has taken in this ranji season apart from two century he has scored?

  • Khem on December 2, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    How much wicket Rishi Dhawan has taken in this ranji season apart from two century he has scored?

  • Rathish Antony on December 2, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Its very bad that there were no enough updation from C Group. Last time its an update came in 11.20 and now its 1.50.. Please give little important to that group too..

    A and B group is not enough to fill Indian Cricket, Indian Cricket is filled with A,B and C. There were some talented cricketers in C group too..

    So please don't avoid that group..

    Try to give new updation in every hour.

  • sridhar on December 2, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Raina goes for 25 on a green pitch. Did he look good? In my head he was totally jumping around and edging boundaries while hooking/pulling. Caught in the slips, i suppose.

  • lokesh choudhary on December 2, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    when selection of bowlers depend on pitches depend on whether it will have bounce r vl take sharp turn..then y not d same for batsmen also..v have few batsmen who can strike well on bouncy green tracks..dere few others who can play long inngs on turning n slow tracks..by that we can make a group f players for subcontient and other group for overseas..!!

  • vijayaraghavan on December 2, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    tn should bat till they lose all wicket.they should not decleare

  • Shaheer on December 2, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    Kaif must include last test against England... He's a proven performer and he have good records against England too....

  • Vivek Singh on December 2, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    Awana has again bowled beautifully against Haryana, this shows the guy has potential & can be given an opportunity ahead of Ishant, Dinda, Vinay etc...Pankaj Singh, Shami Ahmed, Pawan Suyal are also bowling beautifully in this season, they all have pace 135+ & can be useful in fulfilling the cupboard of fast bowling along with Umesh & Aaron. In the allrounder department Rishi Dhawan of HP & B Kumar of UP are two good medium pace allrounders who can bowl in 128-133 kph range & has good ability to bat for a number 7. Given the performance of Rishi Dhawan in this season, this guy can turn out as a genuine allrounder.

  • Manas on December 2, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    Odisha on the way for another win ....... innings lead sure if draw

  • Bharat on December 2, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    I am proud of Ramesh Pawar...

  • Anirban on December 2, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    Mazumdar never got picked because of his misfortune of being contemporary of Dravid, Sachin, Ganguly and Laxman...how would you even fit him there in the test team?

  • Binu on December 2, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    Sidharth Koul & Raveendra Jadeja doing well at the moment,they were team mates in the 2008 U 19 WC We have lot of players doing well in their 22nd year..!

  • Anirban on December 2, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    Why players like Laxmi Shukla are not even considered to play for India when we need good alrounders? He takes five fors, scores centuries and can even hoick the ball whenever needed.

  • manas on December 2, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    come on Odisha

  • Senthil on December 2, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    This is the kind of Pitch S Raina have to prove himself if he want to play any more Tests for India. With Rohit failing too often in domestic circuit and add his limited overs owes with Indian team, he wouldn't be a contention for sometime

  • Dileep on December 2, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    Raina seems to be learning nothing from his mistakes...Hardluck Raina.

  • PapiReddy on December 2, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    The likes of Amol Mazumdar, Badrinath and Ambati Rayudu haven't found favor with the selectors for reasons, which remain mystery to cricket fans like me. The selectors prefer to go rather with the so called 'talented' like Rohits and Rainas. Manoj Tiwary and Rahane are also being ignored, despite scoring loads of runs. The selectors need to have a long term perspective for sure, but that shouldn't stop them from picking 'older' players. They should drop non-performing icon players, Bhajji, Ashwin, Goutham, SRT and give a chance to Badri, Rayudu and even Amol, who is scoring abundantly. Use them while you can, dear selectors!

  • Anonymous on December 2, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    india should have gone for Amit mishra in the second test in place of bhajji and as a batsman badribath should replace yuvraj and badri should be given atleast 10 tests to prove his worth.

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  • Anonymous on December 2, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    india should have gone for Amit mishra in the second test in place of bhajji and as a batsman badribath should replace yuvraj and badri should be given atleast 10 tests to prove his worth.

  • PapiReddy on December 2, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    The likes of Amol Mazumdar, Badrinath and Ambati Rayudu haven't found favor with the selectors for reasons, which remain mystery to cricket fans like me. The selectors prefer to go rather with the so called 'talented' like Rohits and Rainas. Manoj Tiwary and Rahane are also being ignored, despite scoring loads of runs. The selectors need to have a long term perspective for sure, but that shouldn't stop them from picking 'older' players. They should drop non-performing icon players, Bhajji, Ashwin, Goutham, SRT and give a chance to Badri, Rayudu and even Amol, who is scoring abundantly. Use them while you can, dear selectors!

  • Dileep on December 2, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    Raina seems to be learning nothing from his mistakes...Hardluck Raina.

  • Senthil on December 2, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    This is the kind of Pitch S Raina have to prove himself if he want to play any more Tests for India. With Rohit failing too often in domestic circuit and add his limited overs owes with Indian team, he wouldn't be a contention for sometime

  • manas on December 2, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    come on Odisha

  • Anirban on December 2, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    Why players like Laxmi Shukla are not even considered to play for India when we need good alrounders? He takes five fors, scores centuries and can even hoick the ball whenever needed.

  • Binu on December 2, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    Sidharth Koul & Raveendra Jadeja doing well at the moment,they were team mates in the 2008 U 19 WC We have lot of players doing well in their 22nd year..!

  • Anirban on December 2, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    Mazumdar never got picked because of his misfortune of being contemporary of Dravid, Sachin, Ganguly and Laxman...how would you even fit him there in the test team?

  • Bharat on December 2, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    I am proud of Ramesh Pawar...

  • Manas on December 2, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    Odisha on the way for another win ....... innings lead sure if draw