Ranji Trophy 2012-13, Round VI December 11, 2012

Ranji Trophy 2012-13, Round VI, Day 4

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Group A
Result Punjab 580 (Mandeep 211, Amitoze 91, Ravi Inder 76) and 59 (Chavan 9-23) drew with Mumbai 485 (Rohit 203, Pawar 78, Nayar 51*, Gony 5-87) and 61 for 2
Result Railways 214 (Yadav 53) and 251 for 8 (Rawat 106, Madkaikar 52) drew with Madhya Pradesh 377 (Rameez 128, Rajan 69)

Result Gujarat 312 (Parthiv 92) and 105 for 2 (Merai 28*, Bhatt 8*) beat Rajasthan 294 (Kanitkar 100*, Dhurve 6-65) and 119 (Dhurve 8-31) by eight wickets

Result Saurashtra 209 (Jadeja 70, Saxena 5-17) and 333 for 8 dec (Jackson 111*, Saxena 6-133) beat Bengal 112 for 9 (Tiwary 55, Jadeja 4-48) and 160 for 9 (Jadeja 4-50) by 270 runs

Group B
Result Haryana 257 (Yadav 63) and 255 for 7 (Sunny 54) drew with Maharashtra 540 for 8 (Atitkar 190, Jadhav 109, Bawne 86)
Result Uttar Pradesh 548 for 8 dec (Dagar 116, Alam 100, Chawla 85, Kaif 85) and 175 for 3 dec (Raina 105*) drew with Vidarbha 308 for 9 (Badani 76) by 390 runs

Result Karnataka 192 (Binny 61, Awana 5-81) and 475 for 9 dec (Binny 85, Uthappa 81, Rahul 71, Pandey 61) beat Delhi 258 (Awana 74) and 250 by 159 runs

Group C

Result Services 473 (Yashpal 166*, Chatterjee 103) and 99 for 2 (Ansuhl 40*, Swain 8*) drew with Goa 381 (R Asnodkar 83, S Asnodkar 74, Shukla 78)

Result Himachal 316 for 5 (Dhawan 114*, Bhalaik 57*) drew with Assam 354 (P Das 90, Sinha 53)

4.50pm

Right, that's it then for round six of the Ranji Trophy. It's been an exhilarating round. Will leave you with a stat from Rajneesh Gupta, who tweets: The diff of 521 runs between Punjab's two innings (580 & 59) is the highest ever for a side in #RanjiTrophy where lower inns was complete.

See you all next week. Thanks for the company.

4.45pm

Here's Aakash Chopra on Rishi Dhawan, who is not only the leading wicket-taker this season, he also has three centuries. There will be those who will cavil that it has come in the weak Group C but it is a terrific performance nonetheless.

4.40pm It's all over. A draw at the Wankhede

That was thrilling stuff while it lasted, pity we couldn't get a few more overs of it. Punjab walk off with three points, Mumbai have to be content with one. A madcap day at the Wankhede, where Rohit Sharma's double-century initially seemed to have put Mumbai on course for a first-innings lead, before Manpreet Gony sparked a collapse that resulted in four wickets going down for one run. Once the first-innings was over, it was assumed the match would end in a drab draw,as so many Ranji matches do. Instead, Punjab who have been in red-hot form all season collapsed sensationally to the left-arm spin of Ankeet Chavan, and then Rohit and Nayar briefly gave the league leaders another fright.

4.37pm A quiet sixth over there, Mumbai get only two off it, and they are now 61/2.

4.35pm Mumbai lose their second wicket as Aditya Tare is dismissed, caught by Harbhajan at mid-on. Mumbai 59/2 in five overs.

4.30pm Aditya Tare is the new batsman. Mumbai aren't giving up on this chase yet. Tare starts with a boundary off the season's third highest wicket-taker Sandeep Sharma.

Rohit Sharma dismissed: caught at long-on, Mumbai need 106 from 42 balls.

3.5 single, Mum 49/0.

3.4 FOUR, Nayar moves to 19, Mum 48/0

3.3 single, Mumbai 44/0

3.2 dot ball.

3.1 Single off the next ball. 43 for 0. Mumbai 42 for 0 in 3 overs. Rohit 27 off 17, with three sixes.

4.20pm

Mumbai are 25/0 in 2.3 overs. Nayar 13 off 9. Rohit 11 off 5.

Make that 35/0 in 2.5 overs. Second six for Rohit, who is now 21 off 7. Nayar 14 off 10.

4.15pm

Mumbai are 17 for 0 after 2 overs.. Rohit Sharma has hit a six in his 5-ball 11. Punjab have pushed their fielders to the deep.

4.05pm

Mumbai have sent in Abhishek Nayar and Rohit Sharma as openers.

Most games over in this round. Railways have managed to hang on for a draw against MP. Uttar Pradesh take three points after the first-innings lead against Vidarbha. They declared the match soon after Raina's century.

In Group C, both Assam and Himachal get one point each as even the first innings couldn't be completed in Guwahati. Plenty of overs lost in that match due to bad light. In the other game, Services get three points against Goa, after taking the first-innings lead.

3.55pm Punjab 59 all out

Ankeet Chavan is having the day of his cricketing life. 9 for 23! The target is 156 in 11 overs. Might not be possible for a win, but what a scare Punjab have been given. The batting line-up that has repeatedly piled on massive scores all season has been brought down to earth.

3.38pm - The great Mumbai charge continues Ankeet Chavan now has seven wickets, and Punjab are eight wickets down. The game is on like it has never been on.

3.36pm - Karnataka win Another minute, another wicket. Karnataka have secured much-needed six points by beating Delhi.

Awana c Rahul b Vinay 6 (13b) FOW 250 for 10. Karnataka won by 159 runs. Karnataka have wrapped it up by 159 runs! Awana makes room and upper cuts straight to Rahul at third man.

3.35pm - Karnataka edge closer This from Kanishkaa B at Chinnaswamy Stadium: "Sumit Narwal, who was batting like he was going for the target, top edges to fine leg. Uthappa runs forward, times his dive just right and takes it falling forward. Round of applause from the press box. Karnataka just a wicket away. Narwal c Uthappa b Vinay 41 (32b) FOW 250 for 9 in 81.2 ov"

3.25pmLate slip from Railways

After fighting it out for most of the day, Mahesh Rawat and Madkaikar have both been dismissed. They are now effectively 55 for 7 with 23 overs to go. They will want for 10-15 more overs to secure one point

3.15pm Sensational scenes at Wankhede

Punjab, the most consistent batting unit in the country this season, have disintegrated to 30 for 6. The lead is now 125, and there are 24 overs left in the day. Still time for Mumbai to pull off what will be the most electrifying win of the season. Left-arm spinner Ankeet Chavan showing why he is keeping Iqbal Abdulla and Harmeet Singh out of the team, with figures of 6-0-12-5.

3.05pm

Kanishkaa says:

"Karnataka piling on the pressure here. Two silly points, men close to the bat. Spin at the other end (Appanna)."

And a minute late, he adds:

Karnataka edging closer and closer! Success for the spinner Appanna for a change. Bisht tries to angle one to third man and edges to Pandey at slip. Pandey in the thick of things.Puneet Bisht c Pandey b Appanna 2 (33b) FOW 209 for 8 in 75.6 ov. Awana at the crease. Karnataka wouldn't have forgotten him.

3.00pm Gujarat win by eight wickets

After five draws in a row, Gujarat get their first win of the season and jump up to 15 points, level with Saurashtra in second place. Gujarat lost only two wickets and needed little over 25 overs to chase down the target of 102. Rajasthan remain at the bottom of the table with five points, hardly the performance expected of two-time defending champions.

2.55pm Delhi lose one more

K man says:

"Delhi have lost their seventh! Inspiring bit of fielding. Very sharp catch at silly point by Kunal Kapoor off Binny. Barely had time to react and Kunal shows off his reflexes. Bhatia c Kapoor b Binny 63 (122b) FOW 203 for 7."

2.45pm Rishi Dhawan nears another century

Rishi Dhawan, the Himachal allrounder, is having an outstanding couple of months. He is closing in on his third century of the season - second highest for Himachal - and he also has 32 wickets to top his side's charts. Himachal are now 90 runs behind Assam's first-innings score of 354.

PS: The Ranji blog is the currently the second-most visited page on Cricinfo.

2.35pm

Amit Mishra played a crucial hand in the second-innings when Haryana beat Delhi in the previous round, and he will have to do something similar today as Haryana are six down and still lagging by 70 runs against Maharashtra.

2.30pm

Tea at Chinnaswamy, Delhi still hanging on. Kanishkaa says: "At tea, Delhi are 201 for 6 in 71 overs. Bhatia 65*, Bisht 1*. Delhi need a further 209 in minimum 32 overs. Karnataka need four more wickets. The well-set Bhatia stands in their way. Can Delhi hang on? Watch this space as we enter the final hours of this match."

2.25pm Raina closing in on century

A nice average-booster of an innings from Suresh Raina, who has now reached 91*, easily his highest score of the season. UP are 150 for 2, Mohammad Kaif has been dismissed for 42.

2.15pm Century for Mahesh Rawat

Railways inching towards safety through a defiant 141-run stand between Mahesh Rawat and PM Madkaikar. Rawat has reached his century, while Madkaikar is halfway there. MP would have begun the day thinking of a victory, but they have been made to toil for much of the day. MP might have to settle for three points.

2.05pm All happening at the Chinnaswamy

Kanishkaa:

"Bhatia reaches his fifty! He’s on 53 off 106 balls, with nine fours and a six. Sharath bowls a low full toss on the pads, a gift, and he flicks it to fine leg for a boundary. Fighting partnership at Chinnaswamy."

And more from K: "Manhas goes off a top edge would you believe it? Quite an anticlimax after a near flawless knock. Another batsman misses century. He wanted to pull Binny but miscued it to square leg where Pandey back-pedalled and took the catch.

Manhas c Pandey b Binny 80 (168b) 11 fours, FOW 186 for 6 in 66.1 ov. Partnership 110 in 176 minutes in 226 balls."

1.55pm

Hot off the press from the K man:

Century partnership between Manhas and Bhatia. Off 213 balls – Manhas 56*, Bhatia 43*. Karnataka desperate to break this pair. Packed off side field as Binny bowls. 176 for 5. The new ball is nearly 15 overs away.

1.50pm Will Nayar ever fail?

He has another half-century, a totally contrasting innings to easy runs Raina is feasting on. Nayar's scores this season are: 107*, 0, 105, 64, 62, 73*, and now 51*. Mumbai are now 484 for 9, and the last-wicket pair have added 52 runs.

Ah well, seemed to have jinxed him there. Two minutes after I build up Nayar, DF sends this: "The resistance is over. Abhishek Nayar falls to a brilliant one-handed catch at slip off Harbhajan Singh."

1.45pm Half-century for Raina

Suresh Raina is unbeaten on 64, some of the most pressure-free first-class runs available. Mohammad Kaif is keeping him company on 33. UP are 104 for 1.

1.40pm

Score at the Chinnaswamy: Delhi 171 for 5, Bhatia 41*, Manhas 53*

1.30pm

Mumbai showing the resilience their Ranji team is famous for, they haven't given up despite that damaging Gony triple-strike. From 432 for 9, they have moved to 475 for 9.

ESPNcricinfo's Devashish Fuloria, who has gone to the Wankhede ahead of an eight-hour work shift starting at 4pm, sends this on sms:

"Last wicket giving a bit of pain to Punjab. One of their fielders has gone down with a bad injury at the boundary too."

1.20pm

Delhi keeping Karnataka at bay. Here's K:

"Karnataka players getting more vocal. Words of encouragement from the dug out. Vinay bowls a probing over to Manhas. You can sense the urgency here for a wicket as the partnership grows. And as I write, Manhas clips one away past midwicket."

1.15pm Rajasthan rolled over for 119

Fourteen wickets in the game for Gujarat left-arm spinner Rakesh Dhurve as he takes 8 for 31 in the second innings. Gujarat have raced to 14 for 0, and are 88 away from victory now.

1.00pm Railways take the lead

Railways have accomplished their first mission - of avoiding the innings defeat - against Madhya Pradesh, but still have to resist for at least a couple of hours to avoid a loss. When Railways flopped to 34 for 5 in the second innings, it seemed a matter of time before MP took six or seven points, but the seventh wicket pair of Rawat and Madkaikar have now added 97 runs. Railways ahead by four runs now.

12.45pm Rajasthan clueless against Dhurve

Left-arm spinner Rakesh Dhurve is having the game of his life, he now has seven in the innings and thirteen in the match as two-time defending champions Rajasthan look set to remain firmly at the bottom of the table. They have now tumbled to 105 for 9, and only have a lead of 87.

12.40pm

More from the K man:

"Few vociferous appeals already after lunch. Sharath the bowler. Manhas ducks, the ball doesn’t bounce as much, lobs off his arm towards slip. The whole of Karnataka thought it was glove. The fielder at cover was most animated. Manhas fights on. 137 for 5."

12.30pm Some sad news coming through

Bhausaheb Nimbalkar, most famous for scoring an unbeaten 443 in the 1948-49 Ranji Trophy, died last night, two days ahead of his 93rd birthday. That 443 remains the highest Indian first-class score, and Nimbalkar narrowly missed out on beating Don Bradman's then world record score of 452. Read this cracking story to learn how Nimbalkar was denied.

12.20pm Rayudu replaces Tiwary

The T20 debate is over as the BCCI has just announced:

Manoj Tiwary has been ruled out of the AIRTEL T20 International Series against England, on account of a side strain. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has picked Ambati Rayudu as his replacement in the Indian team for the series.

Pravin Eswar (from the 10.55am update) will be happy to know that.

12.15pm Can Haryana get a draw?

They are the only team in the tournament to haven't drawn a game yet this season - their record so far is three losses and one win. They will be desperate to get the draw today, though. They still lag behind Maharashtra by 117 runs, and have six wickets in hand and two sessions to play out. Can their inconsistent (to put it very mildly) batting stand up to the challenge?

12.10pm Railways hanging on

The seventh-wicket stand between Mahesh Rawat and PM Madkaikar is now worth 67, and Railways are slowly wiping out the deficit. They are still 27 behind though, and only have four wickets to spare, so they aren't out of trouble by any means. MP still favourites for an outright win.

Noon Rajasthan slipping to defeat

Top stuff from Gujarat left-arm spinner Rakesh Dhurve, who now has 11 wickets in the match. Rajasthan are 99 for 7 and are yet again looking to Kanitkar to save them. The lead is only 81 though. This is Dhurve's first ten-wicket haul in his career: his first-innings figures were 45-21-65-6. Now he has 22-13-30-5.

11. 55pm Plenty of criticism for Raina

Our reader Rakesh Lenka says:

"Why UP haven't enforced the follow on??? this shows their negativity...we all know what is happening to Railways and some other teams also...4-4.5 hours of cricket,you never know...it's worth a risk for 3 more points....Raina and co should blame themselves rather than Dermot Reeve(Maharashtra Coach) whom he blamed for negative tactics against Maharashtra."

11.50am

After the first session, here's how it stands at the Chinnaswamy. Kanishkaa:

"At Lunch Delhi are 137 for 5 in 47 overs. Bhatia 25* (50b), Manhas 60* (108b). Partnership 61 runs in 110 balls. Manhas has lasted an entire session. Delhi lost two wickets this morning, their first in the first over. The period after lunch has favoured the batsmen over the last three days. Karnataka need five more wickets. Let’s see if the trend changes after lunch."

11.45am Mumbai collapse spectacularly

Manpreet Gony is the man of the moment as his strikes have reduced Mumbai from 427 for 4 to 428 for 8! Rohit is run out for 203, and Gony removes Dhawal Kulkarni (0), Ankeet Chavan (0) and Ajit Agarkar (0). Punjab showing why they are far and away the best team in the competition this season.

11.40am Manhas reaches fifty

Kanishkaa's latest:

"Mithun Manhas fights it out for Delhi with a half-century, he gets there with a boundary to deep square leg. Delhi are 130 for 5 with Manhas on 53 and Bhatia on 25."
11.35am

Our reader Rohit asks:

"Pending Good morning, all. Kaif, Jaffer, Rohit? Are we still only looking at the players already tried and discarded? Are there seriously no new players at all being thrown up by Ranji?"

11.30am UP take first-innings lead

Uttar Pradesh have secured three points for the first-innings after Vidarbha ended on 308 for 9, in replay to UP's 548 for 8 dec. Vidarbha captain Ranjit Paradkar didn't bat due to an injury he picked up while fielding. The rest of the match is likely to be batting practice for UP. In an interesting move, Suresh Raina has come out to open the batting, perhaps in an attempt to find some form.

11.15am Ahmedabad match comes alive

What had looked like a tame draw at the start of the day has become an interesting affair in Ahmedabad as Rajasthan have lost three early quick wickets. Ashok Menaria's lean run continues and he's dismissed for 12. Hirshikesh Kanitkar, who made a century in the first innings, and Dishant Yagnik are in the middle. Rajasthan are 73 for 5 an dlead by 45 runs.

11.05am Double century for Rohit

Mumbai keep on course to overhaul Punjab's huge first-innings score of 580, thanks chiefly to Rohit Sharma, who is now unbeaten on 202. the job's not yet done, though, and Mumbai still need 154 runs to draw level with Punjab. That is Rohit's fourth double-century in first-class cricket. His career average has gone up above 60 as well.

11.00am Saurashtra beat Bengal by 270 runs

Left-arm spinner Nayan Doshi takes the final two wickets to confirm the result. Saurashtra have moved up to 15 points now, still only little more than what the dominant Punjab have at the top of the table, but it keeps Saurashtra well and truly in the running for a place in the knockouts. Bengal have slumped to their third defeat of the season, and will be without Manoj Tiwary for the remaining matches.

After a job well done for Saurashtra, Ravindra Jadeja will dash off to Nagpur to join the Test squad, and will be hoping to make his debut against England day after tomorrow.

Our reader Binu:

"If Jadeja can add little flight and loop in his bowling with little more side on action ,he can be a good test bowler.He is having a very good stock ball the arm ball and add his batting skills,he can be a good test player.His fielding is a bonus."

10.55am The case for Rayudu

Our reader Pravin Eshwar writes in about a player who has consistently done well in the IPL:

"With all due respect to Mr. Kaif, i believe Ambati Rayudu should replace Manoj Tiwary in squad and play at No.05 in place of Rohit Sharma. He is tipped to be finisher and has required stroke play and composure. His talent can't be doubted. I request all you sincere Indian cricket fans to look at his performance in NZ recently and his Ranji record."

10.50am Who will take Tiwary's place?

Our reader Rakesh Lenka has these suggestions, and I'm sure you all will be upset to see there's no Kaif in the list:

"Manoj Tiwary's replacement in T20 squad will be one between these:Mithun Manhas,Mandeep Singh,Stuart Binny,Dinesh Karthik, Laxmi Ratan Shukla,Ambati Rayudu,Kedar jadhav,Jalaj saxena,Ashok Menaria."
10.40am Jadeja driving Saurashtra towards victory

Top-scorer in the first innings, then four wickets with the ball, a counterattacking half-century in the second innings, and now Jadeja has four wickets in the second as Saurashtra are two wickets away from victory over Bengal. The opener Rohan Bannerjee who resisted even as the rest of his colleagues fell cheaply, has been dismissed lbw by Jadeja. Bengal 160 for 7.

10.35am Another one down for Delhi

The K man sends in from Chinnaswamy:

Delhi have lost Vaibhav Rawal but not without controversy. KL Rahul took a brilliant catch diving to his right, one-handed at first slip, but there were doubts as to whether it carried. The fielder claimed it, Rawal wasn’t sure, the two umpires consulted and appeared to refer it to the third umpire. Rawal was adjudged out but looked very unhappy, so was his coach Vijay Dahiya. Vaibhav Rawal c Rahul b Sharath 13 (47b) FOW 76 for 5. Drinks came on the field but it took ages for Rawal to head back to the pavilion. I suspect we haven’t heard the last of this.

10.25am Bengal hurtling towards defeat

Ravindra Jadeja bowled one of the overnight batsmen, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, after which Laxmi Ratan Shukla smashed a 12-ball 35, including four fours and two sixes. The fun ended for him as left-arm spinner Nayan Doshi had him caught. Bengal are 131 for 5 (effectively 6, since Manoj Tiwary won't bat), and a long way away from both safety and victory.

10.20am

Our reader Sid says:

"Too early to say but can Rohit get a triple ton and get Mumbai the lead today? I am a Rohit sharma fan. PS. No offence meant for all Rohit haters, I know the count wl beat even kaif lovers... :P"
10.15am Play resumes in Guwahati

Bad light had delayed the start of play once again in Guwahati, where Himachal and Assam are locked in a first-innings battle. Himachal are 158 for 4, and still trail by 196 runs.

10.10am UP close in on first-innings lead

Uttar Pradesh have got the important wicket of Hemang Badani early, which means Vidarbha have only four wickets in hand and are still 286 runs in the arrears.

9.55am Umpire down at Chinnaswamy

Kanishkaa sends in:

"One of the umpires, RM Deshpande, is going off the field. Looking at his hand gestures, he is feeling giddy. The reserve umpire, SM Yousuf, takes his place. The fielders help him off. Wish him a speedy recovery."
9.45am Hiken Shah dismissed

Punjab have struck early on the final morning. Hiken Shah has been caught-behind for 54. Rohit Sharma still going strong on 171. And Mumbai fans needn't lose heart yet, as Abhishek Nayar has walked out. The man is in phenomenal form this Ranji season: 107*, 105*, 64, 62 and 73*. Mumbai 374/4.

9.35am The Kaif love continues

Barely five minutes after I type out the Tiwary news, here's our reader Shyam:

"Tiwary's replacement is very suited man MOHD KAIF. And after that Kaif should the successor of Dhoni in Indian team." Is Kaif the most popular Ranji cricketer around?

Well, at least one of our readers isn't convinced Kaif should be getting anywhere near the Indian team. Sandeep Ghosh: "All those clamouring for Kaif's inclusion in the national side need to be reminded that U.P. as a team has been performing well this season and almost all their batsmen including Kaif have scored heavily--Tanmay,Parvinder & even Chawla have got big hundreds,Mukul Dagar has got three centuries so far and Arish Alam has got two. Even Bhuvneswar at No.9 has scored a handful of runs.Only their captain Raina continues to come a cropper in innings after innings."

9.25am Not a good start for Delhi

Kanishkaa types this in, and for good measure, sends it on SMS as well:

"It took Karnataka just five balls to strike this morning. Vaibhav Rawal walks in. Mohit caught-behind by Gautam for 4 off 22 balls. It's 43/4."

9.15am
Greetings and salutations, final day of round six coming up, and plenty of interesting matches on. We've already had three outright results this round, and perhaps we could have four more today.

The bad news for Bengal, who are already struggling against Saurashtra, is that their best batsman Manoj Tiwary is injured and likely to be out for the entire Ranji season.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Abhimanyu on December 11, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    This year ranji has been special... Look at how much talent Gujarat state has it has 3 ranji teams all have super consistat this year. jadeja has exceptional.. Parthiv and smit patel both hav consistent for gujarat this year.. both wicket keeping batsman..

  • Jayaesh on December 11, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Well another absorbing round of Ranji matches have come to an end , point to ponder is it all about stats ?? for eg- many young batters from Delhi and Rajasthan failed while senior pro like Manhas,Bhatia and Kanitkar made runs. Al three senior players have been tremendous servant of domestic game but on the flip side Bhatia who has got a average of nearly 50 with the bat struggles to put bat to the ball in IPL, Kanitkar failed at international stage while Unmukt Chand although hasn't scored heavily this season he is a class act with great potential for India.Ranji already loses some of it's better players to u-25 and u-19 tournaments being held simultaneously.Cricinfo doing a terrific job with this blog, but they should add u-25, u-19 scorecard also.After all south African u-17, even u-15 scorecards being provided on this esteemed website.

  • sandeep on December 11, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    AMITH VERMA SHOULD REPLACE KUNAAL FOR KARNATAKA IN NEXT MATCH N SHOULD PLAY AT NO. 3,4

  • Srinidhi on December 11, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Hip, Hip, Hurray...Thats it...Karnataka have won their 1st match in this season, which has come little late for us. Great comeback to win by Karnataka after conceding 1st innings lead to Delhi.

    I just feel one change to be made in batting in getting Amit verma, who has average of 45 & can bowl a bit in place of Kunal Kapoor for the forthcoming matches. Hope, Karnataka continue to play positively & try to win or get as much as points in the remaining matches for this season.

    Congratulations for the Karnataka Team & for all the well wishers here...

  • Nithin on December 11, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Games like the mumbai vs punjab makes me think that ranji games should be a 5 day affair

  • mod on December 11, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    up should learn from MUMBAI!

  • Abhijit on December 11, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Is there no possibility of extra overs in Ranji matches to finish the game if need be. It would be quite unfair to Mumbai I think!

  • Anurag Acharya on December 11, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    What happens if Mumbai draw this? Do Punjab get more points for 1st innings lead or do Mumbai get some credit (and points) for bowling Punjab out for twice, not to mention such low score.

  • Vinay on December 11, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    !! Mumbai! wow! Now a ball-by-ball commentary! Does it not feel like an international match on cricinfo now! Riveting stuff..keep them coming :)

  • Abhijit on December 11, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Mumbai vs. Punjab is soon becoming a ball-by-ball! Nice to see the positive attitude of Mumbai to chase down!

  • Abhimanyu on December 11, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    This year ranji has been special... Look at how much talent Gujarat state has it has 3 ranji teams all have super consistat this year. jadeja has exceptional.. Parthiv and smit patel both hav consistent for gujarat this year.. both wicket keeping batsman..

  • Jayaesh on December 11, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Well another absorbing round of Ranji matches have come to an end , point to ponder is it all about stats ?? for eg- many young batters from Delhi and Rajasthan failed while senior pro like Manhas,Bhatia and Kanitkar made runs. Al three senior players have been tremendous servant of domestic game but on the flip side Bhatia who has got a average of nearly 50 with the bat struggles to put bat to the ball in IPL, Kanitkar failed at international stage while Unmukt Chand although hasn't scored heavily this season he is a class act with great potential for India.Ranji already loses some of it's better players to u-25 and u-19 tournaments being held simultaneously.Cricinfo doing a terrific job with this blog, but they should add u-25, u-19 scorecard also.After all south African u-17, even u-15 scorecards being provided on this esteemed website.

  • sandeep on December 11, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    AMITH VERMA SHOULD REPLACE KUNAAL FOR KARNATAKA IN NEXT MATCH N SHOULD PLAY AT NO. 3,4

  • Srinidhi on December 11, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Hip, Hip, Hurray...Thats it...Karnataka have won their 1st match in this season, which has come little late for us. Great comeback to win by Karnataka after conceding 1st innings lead to Delhi.

    I just feel one change to be made in batting in getting Amit verma, who has average of 45 & can bowl a bit in place of Kunal Kapoor for the forthcoming matches. Hope, Karnataka continue to play positively & try to win or get as much as points in the remaining matches for this season.

    Congratulations for the Karnataka Team & for all the well wishers here...

  • Nithin on December 11, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Games like the mumbai vs punjab makes me think that ranji games should be a 5 day affair

  • mod on December 11, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    up should learn from MUMBAI!

  • Abhijit on December 11, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Is there no possibility of extra overs in Ranji matches to finish the game if need be. It would be quite unfair to Mumbai I think!

  • Anurag Acharya on December 11, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    What happens if Mumbai draw this? Do Punjab get more points for 1st innings lead or do Mumbai get some credit (and points) for bowling Punjab out for twice, not to mention such low score.

  • Vinay on December 11, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    !! Mumbai! wow! Now a ball-by-ball commentary! Does it not feel like an international match on cricinfo now! Riveting stuff..keep them coming :)

  • Abhijit on December 11, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Mumbai vs. Punjab is soon becoming a ball-by-ball! Nice to see the positive attitude of Mumbai to chase down!

  • Pravin Eswar on December 11, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    @ Srinivasan - Drop Dhoni as player first, more than his scores, his manner of dismissal has been more pathetic as test batsman. To be honest, i can't blame him for that. WK & Captaining in three formats, IPL, CLT20 will take more out of you and he doesn't have time to reflect upon and improve his overall game. He has to be relieved of Test format which he least likes and hinted quitting. In this corporate world, BCCI will not allow him to quit IPL which is ideally for him & Team India. So, he has to quit or dropped (in Tests) for betterment of Team India. @ Arjun - Indian cricket has faced such lows in late 90's & in 2007 after WC, if then selectors spoke as diplomatically as you have written, then Rohit & Virat would have not played at all. (Remember CB series where Rahul & Ganguly dropped, even then they were better players & best what we had)..

  • Khan on December 11, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    I am happy to see positive comments & indeed this should be the spirit of sports lovers, fans get hurt if things doesn't go their way, let hope fair chances are provided to the deserving ones, what's important is TEAM INDIA & it's success.

  • Tajuddeen on December 11, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Dear Crickinfo, Let me ask you very serious question ? What is the problem now days with selectors, to Include the Kaif in the test Team ? Who can play now days Long Innings than Him .... Even in austarlia Mike Hussy come in his 3o age in the team, He is the best batsman compare to others in the team ? I feel this is the correct age of test player... Pls comment on that ?

  • Nithin on December 11, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    The pitch curator at the chinnaswamy needs to be praised. 2 result oriented matches which ended in 4th day.

  • soumitra on December 11, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Mumbai should send in rohit sharma and nayar and ask them to play the match like a t20..nothing to lose now!!! Go for it, MUMBAI!!

  • Vipul on December 11, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    This is exciting stuff between Punjab and Mumbai....Mumbai should go for the kill as such chances come once in a life time. Any Update on the Maharashtra and Haryana match please?

  • Preet on December 11, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    What a collapse by Punjab! Mumbai may find themselves 5-6 overs short...we are in for some fun over the next one hour!

  • Doctor on December 11, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    I think the rebuilding should start at T20 Level Just liked before 2007 T20 WC , India phased out seniors Similarly , Dhoni,Sehwag and all above30s shoould be replaced by a young squad

    including bisla, chand , harmeet singh, sandeep singh and others Kohli should be made the t20 captain i think thats a safe and acceptaple way to start the transition

  • Zig1 on December 11, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Karnataka Win !! Great match and much needed 6 points for Karnataka... Cheers Sammy and others.

  • Vivek on December 11, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Hurraa...!finally karnataka wins the match...really it was a tense moment for us..well played boys...its better to drop satish and give chance 2 some new boys..

  • avi k on December 11, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    comon mumbai...u ll do it..

  • Bilal on December 11, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    If Ankit Chavan can take 7 wickets, then Harbhajan should be itching to bowl on this pitch

  • Srinivasan on December 11, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Ok guys i accept it..after reading your comments... But personally i think he is the team man..good attitude on the field and off the field...Looks great

  • Vinay on December 11, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    Talking about Rishi Dhavan and Saurabh Tiwary... Can't judge them based on performances in Group C. Should get chances to perform against better teams. May be India A nd B teams and even Zonal cricket if at all they are considered.

    Harmeet Singh and Iqbal Abdulla should consider playing for other teams instead of warming benches even in Ranji. I have a lot of expectiond from Harmeet after the under 19 worldcup.

    BTW.. So many left arm spinners India as well..!!! I heard a commentator saying about Bangladesh getting one dimentional with only left armers.

  • Prashanth on December 11, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Well done Karnataka boys. You deserve it... Wish you will carry this form for rest of the season. BTW, whats happening in Wankhede...Quite interesting. Cricket at its best :)

  • CuriousGeorge on December 11, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    Have Dhawan and Raina shut shop for the day???

  • nayeem on December 11, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    karnataka won the much needed

  • Khan on December 11, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    I am a Gr8 fan of Kaif, looking at his present form he doesn't fit in T20 team hence, no regrets. I still wish him all the best to get another chance of representing TEAM INDIA.

  • Suthva on December 11, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    @Arjun Agreed. That's why its time to show Duncan the door :-)

  • CRICKET KA ANNA on December 11, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    What has happened to Rajasthan. Their performance is even worst than low profile team of group-C, Even J&K is doing batter than Rajasthan. It is because now I live in J&K.

  • Ashutosh on December 11, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Rayudu replaces Tiwari

  • srinivasan on December 11, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    @mod, I did not saw that match vs karnataka, sorry for that..thank you for your support on this case...

  • CuriousGeorge on December 11, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    Whats the Latest update on R Dhawan, Raina and Punjab?

  • Yogesh on December 11, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    @ Sid: So which is the most viewed page currently??

  • Sivaprasad S on December 11, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Rishi Dhawan should be brought to ODI side immediately. A fast bowling allrounder is what Indian tean is searching for decades and the next world cup is due to played in Australia in 2 years time. So we should invest on Rishi and hope he flourishes in international cricket.

  • Srinivasan on December 11, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    @Pravin Eswar, Dhoni should be dropped for what? For his batting or captainship... I can tell you guys, with current players no one can win test matches in abroad and now in india... there is no fast bowler who can bowl quick with accuracy like pattinson..Now the indian batting top order starts with pujara and kohli... Forget about gambhir (since he forgot himself), sehwag with words (this is how i play any cricket), tendulkar (past), dhoni (need to score runs),and yuvraj(emotinal decisions always doesn`t work), next comes our most consistent batting performer ashwin (need to rember his job), zaheer (batting afridi), Ishant (someone need to speak with him about how to take wkts), Ojha (Doing his job quite well)..

    We have 4 captains for one ship, well that`s does not work...

  • CRICKET KA ANNA on December 11, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Performance of two time chempion Rajasthan is disappointing. It seems other than professional no one showing guts as chempion. I think some thing seriously wrong at selection and management level. They don't have replacements either. It is total batting failure. Their main player who bat under crisis is totally forgotton by system. Yes I am talking of Nikhl Doru. He is the fittesr player amongs the lot and highly experience but selectors has some other game in the mind.

  • Divye Joshi on December 11, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    @Srinivasan, I didn't went to the conclusion only on the basis of Raina's today's decision to not enforce the follow on. Earlier, Raina didn't declare the innings on day 3 against Karnataka when UP lead was around 400 after the tea of 3rd day and UP missed 3 points by just 2 wickets eventually. Another example of Raina's negative captaincy from last season - Uttar Pradesh had taken a lead of around 260 at the end of day 3 against Saurashtra, but Raina didn't show any guts whatsoever in making a sporting declaration. In fact, he gave a target of 400 to Saurashtra during the second session of final day. What type of declaration was that? That's why, i feel Kaif should be reappointed as UP's skipper for the betterment of Uttar Pradesh Ranji side.

  • mod on December 11, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    "PS: The Ranji blog is the currently the second-most visited page on Cricinfo" hope crickinfo will provide us ball by ball commentary in 7th round: CHEERS!readers

  • Arjun on December 11, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Indian fan comments are usually full of Drop X, Drop Y, in the wake of a loss. But then, these are the best players you have, and have also done a lot for the team, so the solution should be to help them regain their form. We see plenty of opposition batsmen/bowlers struggling for form regain it against India, so why can't the Indians regain theirs? Besides, there are too many players, young and old, struggling for form. The objective should be to get the best team in form, not to keep changing the team each time. The management of this team has failed, and should be flushed soon.

  • Nithin on December 11, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    can i have kanishkaa's mobile number. Am tempted to call up and get ball by ball details. :)

  • nayeem on December 11, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    karnataka just need 2 more....delhi is gone..

  • harish on December 11, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    Delhi 8 down...Great chance for Karnataka

  • abhishek on December 11, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    happy to know raydu in place of tiwary.but i still beg to mr dhoni plz play him in final 11 instead of your best friend rohit sharma.

  • mod on December 11, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    @Srinivasan, totaly agree for ongoing match, but what about V/S karnataka match,

  • Pravin Eswar on December 11, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    @dear RamZZZ - yes i do agree with you Dhoni to be dropped from Test side and Saha should replace him. Sehwag shud be made captain (no other choice). It is better he opens, with rahane at 3, pujara at 4, virat at 5, jadeja at 6 and so on. Sachin has to retire but he has to decide. Gambhir needs to be dropped from tests. Sehwag needs to be dropped frm odi and t20. Sehwag shud be wrested with more accountability with test side..mainly like australia and england different players for different formats shud be adviced to prevent player burnout and create accountability.. many things like this...

  • Nithin on December 11, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    "PS: The Ranji blog is the currently the second-most visited page on Cricinfo"

    This indicates how much people follow ranji cricket. Time for cricinfo staff to give ball to ball commentary for ranji matches.Hoping to give a comment which will enter the page2 hall of fame :)

  • Samrat on December 11, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    looks like Rishi Dhavan is a genuine All-Rounder that team india needs.

  • ayyupdk on December 11, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Mohammed Kaif he is a great Player sould be on indian team ,why salectors not seeing him , he had wonderfull Ranjhi cricket past and now also, jaddu is lacky player that i can say ,manoj thivary also not getting achance in 11 , i love to see Kaif in indian Team Wake up salector wake up.

  • Srinivasan on December 11, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    Whoever critizing Raina for his decision to not force the opposition bat, Please remeber the below points, 1. This is not sportive pitch where all the batsman scoring runs except raina in the 1st inns. 2. the amount of overs bowled by the UP in 1st inns. 3. the amount of overs needed to bowl out the opposition.

    So just come here and blame everything is not a good option...i think

  • Pramod Kumar on December 11, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    I am totally agree with Jimbond and Divye Joshi. Raina's defensive mindset and Selfishness will cost UP heavily. People like Raina make Ranji trophy matches boring and dull. He Should have been gone for outright victory instead of Dull draw like this.

  • Dinesh Prabhu on December 11, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    Unlucky Yuvi. Dropped after two poor test scores. What about Gambhir, Sewhag, Sachin & Dhoni? Do they deserve to be in the test team right now? If they are getting chances for their names, what abt yuvi, who won 2 world cups for us. Shame.

  • suresh on December 11, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    finally raina is back in form

  • Divye Joshi on December 11, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Dear UP selection panel,if u r watching then plz remove Raina from captaincy. Raina's defensive mindset had already costed 3 points to UP against Karnataka. Now, his selfish attitude is going to cost another 3 points to his Ranji side. Otherwise, UP would have been sitting comfortably at top with at least 23 points

  • Dnyanesh Nadkarni on December 11, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Best time for Indian selectors to blood new players now...Get Menaria, Pankaj Singh, Rayudu, Harmeet (from the U-19 team), Unmukt in the team. Might be good start by overhauling the ODI team. Else we will beat Eng and Pak on this redundant format and the zeroes will become heroes again!!!

  • Srinivasan on December 11, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Please do not over react to the double century scored by Mr.(N)Rohit sharma... We need some rest..We already get tired of the indian team performance..Please pleaseeeeeee

  • jimbond on December 11, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    I never expected this from Raina- he is playing for himself, and not for his team. First, he didnt make the other team follow on. Second, he opened instead of the regular openers so that he can make a few easy runs. With an attitude like this, he should be kept far away from the national team. At least in tests, there would be at aroundt twenty batsmen in India better than him.

  • SUNIL TN on December 11, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    Hai Hello good afternoon to everybody ...Finaly Rayudu his got a place in team india I wish you Best of luck Rayudu.. and continue your good performence .....bye....

  • Srinivasan on December 11, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    Hope karnataka win today from chennai.. yes guys from tamilnadu.. Would you belive it???sammy and others...

  • Jayaesh on December 11, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Hi Sid can you give me an update about the injury status of India u-19 and HP player Prashant Chopra he hasn't come to bat so far. I am happy about Rayudu's selection and only laugh at the suggestion Kaif or Utthapa should be in the team, why not Manvinder Bisla who is suited to the formator why not the much maligned million dollar man Saurabh Tiwary who has made runs in most bowler friendly wickets. Young guns like Unmukt Chand and Mohit Sharma struggle while the senior pro Manhas battles along for Delhi.............

  • nandkishor on December 11, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    here we are missing PARTHIV PATEL who is the second highest run getter and producing consistantly runs, should get chance as a batsman and BACKUP of MS Dhoni......right time to groom parthiv at this stage ..i feel PP is the good batsman than dhoni....selector should look towards him he is into good form now.

  • hrishikesh narayan on December 11, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    abhishek nayar who has playd 3 odis for ind shud be considered d most unlucki man in crkt...in ol 3 odis it rained...he bowled 3 ovrs widout success in 1 game n remaind unbeaten on 0 as india won d match....rained ruined his career...iv he never makes his way bck in team india...

  • Pravin Eswar on December 11, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    @Arjun & Rohit fans - it is perplexing when you say he should get test match opportunity to prove his worth. In this age, where opportunity in 1 match for India is an achievement, we are talking abt guy who failed miserably in those opportunities.Its one's performance shoud stake his claim not his talent. Am not talking his performance at No.07 in ODI, am talking about his performances in Australia & SL series at No.04, should he not be dropped after those performances. i don't know what to say...moreover comparing Jadeja with him is unbelievable.their roles are different.

    By this am not against Rohit, instead i suggest let him play Ranji for two seasons to improve upon his consistency and if he plays well, select him then i believe he won't waste golden opportunity in future. Am frustrated coz he doesn't treasure what he has now!!!!! Ask Tiwary, Badri, Panjak about it..they might tell u better

  • RamZZZ on December 11, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    @ Pravin Eswar : Team India is more important... OK.. then raise your voice for dhoni's sacking first... what is he doing in test team.. Ask sachin to give way to one of the youngster's you have listed... Ask shewag to move down to middle order and ask rahane to open.... we will discuss Kaif's case after that....

  • Rishabh on December 11, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Raina is not selfish he has not done this for the batting practice and in no way his bowlers can get ten wickets in fifty overs and vidarbha can easily chase this target.

  • Zaeb on December 11, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    I am a schoolmate of Kaif but to be honest, Kaif's game does not matches the requirements of t20 at all, however i am bullish about his prospects of making into Test team, He has scored all his runs this season in difficult circumstances and has bailed U.P out of many tricky situations, unlike many who had piled on runs on highways.! Good luck mate.! May your hard work pays off

  • Pravin Eswar on December 11, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    @ all Kaif lovers - His Ranji record over years has been decent& consistent. But you must admit he is competing against likes of Badri, Rahane, Pujara, Robin Bist & Manoj Tiwary who all have consistent and outstanding Ranji record. These guys should be given fair opportunities before selectors reconsider Kaif. Kaif inclusion now would be really unfair to these guys who have sweated out in Ranji for nearly 3 to 4 seasons now.Am Kaif lover too, but team India is more important...

  • sandeep Reddy on December 11, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    WHATEVER, whole world knows about ROHITH'S talent and his performance during IPL is very jubiliant. he must and should be in T20 and ODI squad now for IND-ENG series

  • Khem on December 11, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Rishi Dhawan has just competed his 2nd fifty of this Ranji Season. He has alreaady taken 30 wickets and scored 400 runs with 2 Centuries and 2 half century in this. Great performance... go Rishi go..

  • hrishikesh narayan on December 11, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    raina says hes built for test crkt bt has scored 147 runs in 7 compltd inings at avg ov 21....wen ravindra jadeja has scored 794 runs n taken 24 wckts for saurashtra whu hd to play widout pujara dis tym...rayudu hs becom d 1st ICL crktr to b pickd nw....soon to becom an indian crktr dis 2004 undr-19 captn...at 27 yrs ov age..betur late den never

  • Pramod Kumar on December 11, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    I can not understand Suresh Rain's tactic. After getting Vidarbha all out for 308. Why he did not enforce follow on? His side already secured 3 Points. Today is the last day. He should have been given his bowlers Piyush chawla and Bhuvneshwar Kumar a chance to practice, because they are selected for test and t20 squads respectively. Instead he saw this as a opportunity to batting practice. Very negative and selfish thinking of captain raina.

  • binu on December 11, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    @nallathambi , The chairman of selection committe is Sandeep Patil not Rojer Binny,and i support you Binny was very good last season and this season.But I prefer Ambatty Raydu for the replacement

  • Krishna on December 11, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    ****JUST IN: Rayudu replaces Tiwary in India T20 squad *************

    good chance for very talented RAYUDU.....Hope he cements his place as he did for Mumbai Indians.......

  • Mel on December 11, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Aargghhh..am a very annoyed Mumbai supporter at the moment..why are batsmen these days 'Cook'ing a run out when around 200??

  • Arjun on December 11, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Folks are a bit disappointed over the inclusion of Rohit Sharma in the T20I and ODI sides, but his career statistics suggest otherwise. Rohit is one of the best T20 batsmen around, with an enviable average, strike rate, 50 count and even two centuries- Yuvraj and Dhoni, both T20I regulars, haven't even got a century at domestic level. His OD stats outside ODIs are also quite good, and while his ODI stats are a bit disappointing, he's not been given an unquestioned run in the side like, say, Jadeja, to come good after a long stretch of failures, at long last. While Jadeja had a permanent place in the side, Rohit was in and out of it, often dropped at the hint of poor form.

  • sammy on December 11, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    ROBIN SHOULD HAVE REPLACED TIWARY.HE IS ALSO IN GOOD FORM. NOT RAYADU.

  • nallathambi on December 11, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    For me the main contenders for Tiwary's Spot were A.Rayudu and Stuart Binny.Stuart Binny would have been my choice for his all-round capabilities, but his father being the Chairman of selection committee didn't help him in this case.(as BCCI wouldn't want to attract more controversies)

  • MOHASIN on December 11, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Selection got to be made not just on performance basis but also depending on players ability and suitability to every format of the game..for eg. parthiv patel,manoj tiwary,rahane,jadej these are better suited for tests and not for odi and t20..and players like uthappa,yusuf pathan,stiwary etc are best for limited overs cricket..mr srikkant and co made these mistakes by persisting with rohit sharma and jadeja for shorter format without giving them chances to prove at longer format..jadeja ,rohit dinesh karthick can be good test players..rohit can be better odi player too but let him first cement his place in test matches..give chances to players like uthappa,rayudu,in shorter formats..for me uthappa should be ideal choice in place of manoj tiwary

  • Pramod Kumar on December 11, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    India need good openers who can provide strong start in test matches. Sehwag should come down. Rahane should open the inning with Gambhir

  • sita on December 11, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    @prof See the differences kaif and patel have.Kaif is a great fielder,we all know it and patel, a wicket keeper,currently nom dhoni is keeping it. Now Don't let me compare patel and Dhoni. I don't even want to compare Kaif and Patel, you needlessly let me to bring it out. I am simply saying Kaif deserves a place in the team seeing the consistency he kept since the last 2-3 seasons.The records speaks itself Who is the better of these two.And one more thing is that Patel has even played more test cricket than kaif averaging below 30.

  • Pravin Eswar on December 11, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    One of my biggest disappointment with T20 squad is name of Rohit Sharma. Any true Indian cricket fan would accept, his talent received enough opportunities and he failed miserably. If team management really cares for him,it is better to leave him for a season or two in Ranji, asses his consistency & temperament rather his talent before recalling him. All you Rohit fans, plz accept no other players in the past have been backed up this far after failing so many times. Team India is more important than team glamour...

  • Arjun on December 11, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Plenty of left-handed batsmen doing well in the Ranji Trophy, and openers too. However, just two left-handed openers are having a decent tournament- Dheeraj Jadhav and Mukul Daggar, of whom Daggar is very young and new.

  • Shubham Gupta on December 11, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Will Delhi get 3 Points if they do not get all out? If they get those 3 points, Administrators really need to think there is very much wrong with our points system

  • Sam Roy on December 11, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Now selectors will reward Rohit's good form by including him in the ODI team where he will again fail. He is not an ODI player. Get over it. Idiotic selectors never has given him a chance in test cricket where he belongs and not in ODI and T20 teams. Had he been playing in place of Tendulkar, India might not have been down 2-1 in the test series.

  • tripurari kumar on December 11, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    India should search for bowlers who can bowl on different pitches ..look broad ;tremlet where thry have reached .rp ;s.sant stated well but lost the way..

  • mod on December 11, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    @avesh, very true.... can anyone understand what raina's thinking, poor job by raina.lol... already he lost the 7 point chance aginst karnatka by not giving their boller enough time to picking 10 vick,

  • cibin on December 11, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    M.tiwary should be replaced by Mandeep singh or abishek nayar ... Both r good attacking players too .. Nayar is in terrific form now .... Else shukula can also replace him . . But it's hard for anyone 2 get chance in playing eleven bcoz India will use the same team always Gamphir , rahanae , kohli , Rohit , Yuvi , raina , Dhoni , Ashwin , dinda/awana , B..kumar , jadeja/chawla ....

    Except Yuvi & raina not too much attaching options 4 us ..

  • Ram on December 11, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    Hemang badani should be recalled. He has done exceptionally well for Vidharba.

  • MathaN on December 11, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    My team for next test:- rahane,gauti,pujara,sachin,Sehwag,jadeja, dhoni,ojha/ashwin,b.kumar,dinda,awana

  • vijayakumar on December 11, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    Dinesh karthick had done well in T20s,so he should replace Manoj Tiwary

  • prof on December 11, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    @sita: Have you even read what I wrote in previous comment.. Check Kaif's & Parthiv's stats for the 'current' season and you will surely know who deserves an opportunity more

  • Anonymous on December 11, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    @Satish wow..I have never heard of anyone AVERAGING 60+ with just 1 innings......!!!!!!!and by the way BADRI is way below rohit in terms of technique ..class..everything..and BADRI just dont have it in him,what it takes to perform at international leevl....HE is a 3rd class player..I have seen how KAIF used to BAT in his GLORY days..even an "OUT OF FORM" ROHIT SHARMA AVERAGES NEAR HIM IN ODIS...THAT JUST SHOWS LEVEL FO KAIF...

  • Krishna on December 11, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    To keep away from the discussion, How teams are going to be selected for semis this year? Are the teams will be selected equally from each group?

  • Arjun on December 11, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    @Rohit- Re Kaif/Jaffer/Rohit I'd rather have the same blokes performing across multiple seasons than someone who's had just one good season and nothing beyond- Mithun/Kulkarni/Vijay, for instance.

  • biddyut on December 11, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    rishi dhawan should be included in the limited over squad... he has done well for india a and doing very good in ranji circuit.....

  • sita on December 11, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    @prof Do you even know what are you saying?Compare Kaif and parthiv patel's international records. Kaif should get at least one chance. He didn't get a single chance while yuvraj singh got plenty of these.Indian selectors and media simply chose to ignore Kaif. He score a century in his last international test series and got dropped because at that time there were many great batsmen in indian batting line up including sehwag,sachin,dravid, vvs laxman.Now see the inexperienced batting line up of India and speak up.

  • Shailesh Gandhi on December 11, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    U.P. not tried for getting more points by enforcing follow on. very strange. BCCI should think on point system to make Ranji more interesting. Every team should aim foe outright victory.

  • tripurari kumar on December 11, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    Yes this is true that sachin is not performing well..but listen he scored in australia in firrst two tests...nd yes he is not throwing his wicket..keep patience and see he will come back with a bang...

  • Subramani on December 11, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    New talents this season would be Hiken Shah, Mandeep Singh, R Dhawan, Sandeep Sharma

  • AVESH on December 11, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    Kaif should have never been dropped from the Indian test team, in his last series against west indies(which india won 1-0 in westindies) he scored his career best 148 and he was dropped, but at the same time i do not think his batting style suits T20 cricket....

  • Rakesh Lenka on December 11, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    Why UP haven't enforced the follow on???this shows theie negativity...we all know what is happening to Railways and some other teams also...4-4.5 hours of cricket,you never know...it's worth a risk for 3 more points....Raina and co should blame themselves rather than Dermot Reeve(Maharashtra Coach) whom he blamed for negative tactics against Maharshtra.He is selfish to bat for himself and his form rather than for his team.

  • mod on December 11, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    UP v/s Vidarbha, vidarbha all out for 308, up should give follwon coz they already hav 240 lead, come on raina, your boller will be rocks on 3rd and 4th setion, you can get 7 point,

  • mod on December 11, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    @Shailesh malusare, come on shailesh dont jokes, every body knows about KAIF's fitness, his age is not the problem, i am talking about his TEST selection not T20,

  • Sachin on December 11, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    Manoj Tiwary's ideal replacement should be either Ambayati Rayudu as a finisher or Abhishek Nayar as a finisher+all rounder.

  • Satish on December 11, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    If this one innings brings Rohit into the team ahead of hard scorers in Badri or a Kaif, no one cans ave Indian cricket.

  • Prashant Rai on December 11, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    WHAT A SHAME FOR INDIAN FIRST CLASS CRICKET AS WELL AS INDIAN INTERNATIONAL CRIKET.. player like "JADDU " doing great in first class cricket!!!!!!!!.. scoring 300s and getting selected in test squad...aaaaaaa(its a bigger wonder than TAJMAHAL)...........disgusting..this just shows what is the level of INDIAN FIRST CLASS CRICKET..I think THIS WAS WHAT RAHUL DRAVID WAS TRYING TO SAY..WHEN HE QUESTIONED TEH SKILLS OF UPCOMING NEW PLAYERS............I THINK HE SAID THIS ESPECIALLY KEEPING JADDU IN MIND......

  • sandeep Reddy on December 11, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    undoubtedly, rohith is a class performer in indian cricket, though he got enough chance to prove himself to be consistent but he couldn't. but there is a great belief in him. give him a chance selectors he could be the one to replace sachin in test cricket. no doubt about it.

  • shaubhik on December 11, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    Debabrata Das Shld Replace Manoj

  • GIRIDHAR on December 11, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    kaif is a very good player but he does not have the age. rayudu deserves a chance.

  • prof on December 11, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    @sita, check Parthiv & Kaif's stats this season & you will know who has been the modicum of consistency !!

  • sammy on December 11, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    what about KARNATAKA VS DELHI K MAN WHERE ARE YOU?

  • ANUP on December 11, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    bring in KAIF...

  • sandeep on December 11, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    FIVE WKT MORE FOR KARNATAKA TO WIN N TIP OFF TN FROM 3,4 SPOT

  • shivu on December 11, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    request to ksca selectors_- Please replace Ganesh satish.He is very very inconsistent.This season so far he has played only two good innings.one 200 and other is 76.Elevate Gautham.he is doing fantastic job behind and in front of stumps. Sack G satish and give chance to up coming youngsters.

  • bharghav on December 11, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    i want to see ravindra jadeja performing in the same manner in 4th test against england..... sad to hear about tiwary's injury....good to see rohit getting double hundred....

  • hrishikesh narayan on December 11, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    laxmi ratan shukla has played 3 odi in 1999 as a 17 yr old bt unlucki never to get pickd aftr dat... jadeja gt 11 wckts in 5 match in hom odi series last yr..he gt a good arm ball...gt mom vs sa in jaipur...3-0-9-1 vs sa in 2009 20-20 wrld cup olso...hop dhoni utilises him wel n make him bowl more...bell trott n pietersen wil strugle wit his flatter trajectory n arm ball dat will keep low..bowld n lbw he gets more

  • jimbond on December 11, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Kaif can definitely be a replacement for Dhoni as a Captain of the test team, and also as a middle order batsman on tough pitches abroad and against tough oppositions in India. But not for T20. Tiwary's replacement should be either Rayudu or Stuart Binny.

  • Rohit on December 11, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Good morning, all.

    Kaif, Jaffer, Rohit? Are we still only looking at the players already tried and discarded? Are there seriously no new players at all being thrown up by Ranji?

    Sincerely

  • sita on December 11, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Guys,we are talking about test cricket and one dayers.Mohd. Kaif has been a consistent performer in these two.He deserves a place in the Indian cricket team.

  • hrishikesh narayan on December 11, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    794 runs n 24 wckts for jadeja in 5 ranjy matches...wot an olround performance...saurashtra on 15 points widout pujara(in national duty) . nw saurashtra wil miss their match-winner...jadeja wil miss the chance to get 1000 ranjy runs in single season coz of national commitment...hop he becomes test cricketer on 13 dec

  • hariharan on December 11, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    "Manoj Tiwary's replacement in T20 squad will be one between these:Mithun Manhas,Mandeep Singh,Stuart Binny,Dinesh Karthik, Laxmi Ratan Shukla,Ambati Rayudu,Kedar jadhav,Jalaj saxena,Ashok Menaria."

    Except DK no one has played a international cricket.........

  • prem on December 11, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    Badrinath is the fit and eligible player

  • maaster on December 11, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    200 for rohit...

  • Binu on December 11, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    I agree with Pravin.Ambatty Raydu can bat well anywhere he proved that many times.And he should be in the test team also.

  • Samrat on December 11, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    I would like to see Kaif in indian Team. A prolific Run scorrer in Domestic Cricket and a great Fielder... Anyways its Good to see there is lot of competition going around in Ranji Trophy.

  • shailesh malusare on December 11, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    @mod r u looking at age of kaif ???

  • prof on December 11, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    All candidates in the age 27-28 are ripe for an India selection...and know their game well according to Gooch & Parthiv/Rayadu all are just 27.

  • hrishikesh narayan on December 11, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    uday kaul n pankaj singh,,,these 2 guys hv been consistent for a long tym nw...wicketkpr 4m punjb,,,uday kaul nt evn in ipl or challenger wen he shud b playin for india..n to make it worse hes nt evn in reckonin unlyk patel karthck ojha n saha...n pankaj singh shud be glad he playd 1 odi to be rememberd as an india plyr n nt jus a ranji stalwart...MANOJ TIWARY has this habit of gettin injurd in d wrong tym..wen he gt injured in 2007...kohli n jadeja etc wher common people ov india walkin in streets widout anybdy noticin...jadeja on the other hand gt unparalled fitness levels...331 runs n den to bowl 47 overs jus shows that..he bowld 40 plus overs evrytym he scored 300...former greats n writers shud notic that b4 bashing him...hop dhoni utilise his bowling wel..cn be better than ojha

  • Binu on December 11, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    If Jadeja can add little flight and loop in his bowling with little more side on action ,he can be a good test bowler.He is having a very good stock ball the arm ball and add his batting skills,he can be a good test player.His fielding is a bonus.

  • mod on December 11, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    @Sid, @Shailesh Malusare, @Harish, rohit get almost anough chance to prove himself but he never, uthappa is good batsman for T20, robin bist, parthiv, jeevanjot also performing very well but in this condition we need KAIFU, come on guys we are Talking about 5DAYs Test cricket

  • Pravin Eswar on December 11, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    With all due respect to Mr. Kaif, i believe Ambati Rayudu should replace Manoj Tiwary in squad and play at No.05 in place of Rohit Sharma. He is tipped to be finisher and has required stroke play and composure. His talent can't be doubted. I request all you sincere Indian cricket fans to look at his performance in NZ recently and his Ranji record...

  • prof on December 11, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    Parthiv with every score above 50 in Ranji this season has been a modicum of consistency... Deserves to be the next in line to replace Dhoni, if at all Dhoni decides to take a break from tests

  • Rakesh Lenka on December 11, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    Manoj Tiwary's replacement in T20 squad will be one between these:Mithun Manhas,Mandeep Singh,Stuart Binny,Dinesh Karthik, Laxmi Ratan Shukla,Ambati Rayudu,Kedar jadhav,Jalaj saxena,Ashok Menaria

  • Anonymous on December 11, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    Happy to see AWANA, Why they have dropped Zaheer don't make logic, Pujara failed to grab COOK (scored 17 runs)he went to make 190 if that catch was latched then zaheer would have made more inroads. Ishanth is still there ? bring in PANKAJ SINGH - This lad is serious talent with height to his advantage same as finn,broad. GET BACK KAIF. The most intelligent and a man of few words Mr. Kumble is of the opinion that Kaif is the best for INdian test cricket. wake up selectors !! KAIF BHAI DON'T STOP SCORING RUNS YOU ARE A Professional

  • Binu on December 11, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    Rohith Sharma is a batsman with class but his problem is intitial stages of his innings if he pass that test then he will score big.To overcome this he should be more patient in the start of his innings and his lazy like attitude is not helping

  • hrishikesh narayan on December 11, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    iv scorin triple centuries happen to b so easy...why tendulkar gambhir yuvraj kaif raina azhar to name a few never crossed 250 even in ranjy...77 yrs ov ranjy trophy bt onli ravindra jadeja scored 3 triple centuries...794 runs and hes at top..397 runs and tiwary at 33rd place...badri at 38th plac...plus 22 wckts for jadeja wit his spin...won 4 mom awards for his bowlin in india colors..wil b handful vs english batsmn iv utilized properli...hop he gets a long run in test..certainli wud do better den yuvi n raina..iv gets a few games to showcase his potential in d longer format

  • Anonymous on December 11, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    57 wckts in 58 odis for part tym bowler is exceptional...at 4.98 eco...robin singh hd 67 in 136.his bat avg 25..ravi shastri 129 in 150...n jadeja is a terrific fielder...iv made to bat up d order cn do wonders...credit jaydev shah n debu mitra for using him wel for saurashtra...331 runs n den bowl 47 overs in same match is jus unbilivable..nobody els cn ever do dat...

  • hrishikesh narayan on December 11, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    sid monga's comments agnst ravindra jadeja olwyz in bad taste,,,jadeja is lyk 1 man army for saurashtra...143 wckts in 42 1st clas mtch wit 2 10wckt hauls n 9 5-wckt hauls to go wit bat avg 54 wit 3 tripl n 1 double...wot more he needs to do...gt 70 n 68 vs shami n dinda...scored 331 n bowled 47 ovrs in d same match..dont get credit for endurance stamina n concentration..triple tons r scored in flat tracks..bt why tendulkar gambhir azhar yuvi raina n kaif never crosd 250 in long careers...did they never playd in gud battin wickets..do MONGA HAS ANY ANSWER N OLSO GAVASKAR olso 57 wckts in 58 mtchs makes jadeja a prolific part tym spinner....poor jadeja...

  • Chandan on December 11, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    Tiwari is one of the most unlucky guys. he always gets injured at the wrong time.

  • harish on December 11, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    Posted by: Sid at December 11, 2012 4:44 AM Rohit is very good in ranaji level and none of the indian players get the chance as he get and wasted all the time...and selectors ignored manoj tiwary because of him...whoever supporting rohit..please check his international matches and average, uthappa is much better than him but, still ignored by selectors..

  • Shailesh Malusare on December 11, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    Rohit sharma is the best option to stabilise middle order in test. I knw there r haters of rohit but boss he has the class.... Yuvi was not gud for tests before injury then how come they find him better is a really question...

  • SG on December 11, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    kindly also update the details for Railways v/s MP match

  • Anonymous on December 11, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    Mr.Srikanth ignored robin utappa when he was in good form & it is better to pick him now in place of manoj tiwary

  • nayeem on December 11, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    gambhir should be replace by jaffar.....

  • Sid on December 11, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    Too early to say but can Rohit get a triple ton and get Mumbai the lead today? I am a Rohit sharma fan. PS. No offence meant for all Rohit haters, I know the count wl beat even kaif lovers... :P

  • RamZZZ on December 11, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    Mr. Sandeep Gosh... It's very funny to see the comparison you have posted... everybody can score loads of runs in ranji... but something more than that needed for international level... Kaif got that... he was sidelined just bcos of the selectors all these years...

  • avani on December 11, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    @Rahul, Robin Uttappa as inconsistent as Yuvi. He did not score any worth mentioning runs 2012-13 Ranji so far!

  • harish on December 11, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    Uthappa is the right choice for Manoj Tiwry place in 2ot and one dayer

  • rahul on December 11, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    why not try to replace yuvaraj with robin uttappa? or even robin bhist, and gambhir with jaffer?

  • Hitesh on December 11, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    Kaif and Yuvraj came in the limelight after the famous NatWest series final..However, Kaif subsequently never got as many chances as Yuvraj ... I wish if he gets another chance to be in the national team!!

  • sita on December 11, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    What is your point Sandeep Gosh? We are not talking about this season only, Kaif has been performing consistently well in the last seasons also. Only the selectors didn't choose to see it.They are busy picking csk players.

  • prof on December 11, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    Parthiv Patel is 2nd in the runs tally & has been consistent with scores of 92,111,55,61,56,162,80,51 in Ranji & Duleep trophy this season

  • sammy on December 11, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    GOOD MORNING KARNATAKA STRIKES.6 MORE.COME ON

  • Sandeep Ghosh on December 11, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    All those clamouring for Kaif's inclusion in the national side need to be reminded that U.P. as a team has been performing well this season and almost all their batsmen including Kaif have scored heavily--Tanmay,Parvinder & even Chawla have got big hundreds,Mukul Dagar has got three centuries so far and Arish Alam has got two. Even Bhuvneswar at No.9 has scored a handful of runs.Only their captain Raina continues to come a cropper in innings after innings.

  • RAVI.B on December 11, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    Good morning ranji leage final day wining chance for karnataka vs delhi best of luck vinay.mithun.binny.sharath

  • shyam on December 11, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    tiwari replacement is very suited man MOHD KAIF. And after that Kaif should the successor of Dhoni in indian team.

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  • shyam on December 11, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    tiwari replacement is very suited man MOHD KAIF. And after that Kaif should the successor of Dhoni in indian team.

  • RAVI.B on December 11, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    Good morning ranji leage final day wining chance for karnataka vs delhi best of luck vinay.mithun.binny.sharath

  • Sandeep Ghosh on December 11, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    All those clamouring for Kaif's inclusion in the national side need to be reminded that U.P. as a team has been performing well this season and almost all their batsmen including Kaif have scored heavily--Tanmay,Parvinder & even Chawla have got big hundreds,Mukul Dagar has got three centuries so far and Arish Alam has got two. Even Bhuvneswar at No.9 has scored a handful of runs.Only their captain Raina continues to come a cropper in innings after innings.

  • sammy on December 11, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    GOOD MORNING KARNATAKA STRIKES.6 MORE.COME ON

  • prof on December 11, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    Parthiv Patel is 2nd in the runs tally & has been consistent with scores of 92,111,55,61,56,162,80,51 in Ranji & Duleep trophy this season

  • sita on December 11, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    What is your point Sandeep Gosh? We are not talking about this season only, Kaif has been performing consistently well in the last seasons also. Only the selectors didn't choose to see it.They are busy picking csk players.

  • Hitesh on December 11, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    Kaif and Yuvraj came in the limelight after the famous NatWest series final..However, Kaif subsequently never got as many chances as Yuvraj ... I wish if he gets another chance to be in the national team!!

  • rahul on December 11, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    why not try to replace yuvaraj with robin uttappa? or even robin bhist, and gambhir with jaffer?

  • harish on December 11, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    Uthappa is the right choice for Manoj Tiwry place in 2ot and one dayer

  • avani on December 11, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    @Rahul, Robin Uttappa as inconsistent as Yuvi. He did not score any worth mentioning runs 2012-13 Ranji so far!