Ranji Trophy 2012-13, Round VIII December 22, 2012

Ranji Trophy 2012-13, Round VIII, Day 1

5.10pm Another fine day of Ranji Trophy cricket
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5.10pm Another fine day of Ranji Trophy cricket. Not much individual glory, but that doesn't matter much. Only two centuries and one five-for. Jharkhand bowled out for 120, J&K for 175. Punjab and Odisha are close to bowling their opponents out too. Those are the four matches that look most likely to produce outright results. Fighting day elsewhere. I'll join you tomorrow with more. Cheers

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Andhra 214 for 8 (Muzumdar 82*, Sumanth 57) v Assam (toss) in Guwahati

Vidarbha 188 for 8 v Odisha (toss) in Cuttack

Mumbai 235 for 5 (Pawar 89*, Pandey 4-28) v Madhya Pradesh (toss) in Indore

Baroda 256 for 3 (Devdhar 104*, Waghmode 87*, Wakaskar 50) v Maharashtra (toss) in Pune

Hyderabad (toss) 247 for 6 (Sandeep 68, Ashish Reddy 60*) v Railways in Hyderabad

Rajasthan 268 for 9 (Menaria 103) v Saurashtra (toss) in Jaipur

Gujarat 260 for 9 v Punjab (toss) in Valsad

Uttar Pradesh (toss) 279 for 6 (Kaif 68) v Tamil Nadu in Chennai

Haryana 293 for 7 (Mishra 84*, Jayant Yadav 66*) v Karnataka (toss) in Hubli

Himachal (toss) 26 for 0 Jammu & Kashmir 175 (Malik 5-41) by 149 runs in Jammu

Kerala (toss) 165 for 1 (Ferandez 86*, Jagadeesh 77*) lead Jharkhand 120 (Sreesanth 4-28) by 43 runs in Mallapuram

No play on day one between Tripura and Goa in Agartala

5.05pm - Other stumps updates Fernandez and Jagadeesh kept on punishing Jharkhand. Ali Murtaza and Praveen Gupta have steadied the innings for UP. Ashish Reddy has done the same for Hyderabad. Rajasthan have collapsed after the wicket of centurion Ashok Menaria to go from 245 from 5 to 268 for 9. Punjab have broken through in the dying moments of the day, and Gujarat are 260 for 9 at stumps. Other scores all updated at the top of the page

5pm - Siddarth Ravindran's summation of the day in Hubli

Hubli and its 31 degrees sunshine provided Haryana a stark contrast from the chilly, foggy north Indian towns where they have played much of the season, but for the first two sessions against Karnataka their batting floundered just as it has so often over the past two months. The several thousand fans who turned up to see the first first-class match in Hubli for a couple of decades would have returned home a happier lot had it not been for Amit Mishra and Jayant Yadav’s 125-run eighth wicket stand that lifted Haryana to 293 for 7.

4.55pm - Pawar carries Mumbai Against an attack deflated by the absence of Ishwar Pandey, who is still sevring time before he can bowl again, Mumbai have gone through without losing a wicket in the final session. Kaustubh Pawar is 89 not out, and Mumbai 235 for 5. At some time tomorrow, we will see Pandey back and the new ball taken along with that

4.50pm - Superb comeback from Baroda Kedar Devdhar caps off a superb comeback for Baroda by reaching his century moments before stumps. For company he has Aditya Waghmode, who is 13 short of a hundred. From 84 for 3 at one time, they close the day at 256 for 3.

4.35pm - Siddarth Ravindran in Hubli says he has not hyped up what is to follow

Hundred stand between Mishra and Yadav, 157 balls. Shouts of "bahut badiya" [very good] from the Haryana dressing room. There have been some stylish shots in this partnerships, and the 100 stand came up with a flamboyant Mishra cut behind point for four. Haryana 271 for 7

4.30pm - J&K bowled out for 175 In Jammu, Himachal have run through Jammu & Kashmir for 175. Vikramjeet Malik came back to take the first five-for of this round

4.25pm - Kerala in lead What a superb day for Kerala. They have bowled Jharkhand out for 120, and also crossed that score with nine wickets in hand. After they lost a wicket to the first ball of the innings, VA Jagadeesh and Robert Ferandez are in the 60s, and Kerala lead by six

4.20pm - Recovery in Valsad From 173 for 7 against a good Punjab attack, Gujarat have added 58 runs for the eighth wicket. Jesal Karia and Rush Kalaria are the ones holding Punjab up. Kalaria is 30 not out, Karia on 24

4.15pm - Wickets fall, Muzumdar stands tall In Guwahati, Andhra have been losing wickets regularly, but Amol Muzumdar has kept fighting with an unbeaten 82. They have gone from 201 for 6 to 214 for 8. Will Muzumdar get enough support to see him through to a century? We will have to come tomorrow to find that out because it's stumps in Guwahati

4.06pm - Good news for MP Ishwar Pandey is back on the field. The new ball is only three overs away. Mumbai 195 for 5. MP will be familiar with Kaustubh Pawar's defence. In last year's quarter-final, between these two teams, Pawar was the difference. He is 75 not out now

Word has come in that Pandey will have to spend 50 minutes on the field before he can bowl

4.05pm - No play in Agartala fog and bad light have made sure there is no play in Agartala where Tripura are playing Goa

4pm - Captain Mishra fights Reports Siddarth Ravindran: "Fifty for Amit Mishra off 87 balls, gets there with a controlled late cut off Ronit More down to third man for two. Then he backs it up with a pull to the midwicket boundary. It's been tough going for Karnataka in the hour after tea. Haryana 220/7"

3.52pm - First hundred of the round In jaipur, Ashok Menaria has brought up the first century of this round. And it is an important knock too. Rajasthan were 42 for 2 when he came in to bat. He is 101 not out now, and his team 234 for 5. This is Menaria's first century of the season

3.50pm - Siddarth Ravindran from Hubli

Amit Mishra and Jayant Yadav have survived plenty of loud calls for lbw, and played some classy strokes in between. Mishra is confident enough to pull the quick bowlers in front of midwicket and Yadav has unfurled some graceful drives which you don't expect from a No. 9 Haryana 209 for 7. Mishra is 41 not out

3.40pm - Himachal push again J&K have lost another another set of wickets to be reduced to 160 for 8 from 147 for 5 at one time. This despite Vikarmjeet Singh's being off the field

3.20pm - No hundred, no five-for No such personal milestones today yet, but Ashok Menaria, who has been in poor form this season, has reached 85 not out in Rajasthan's 211 for 5. Ishwar Pandey has taken four wickets for MP, but he is off the field with a calf injury

3pm - Seconds for Odisha Vidarbha resisted for a bit after losing three wickets for 48, but Biplab Samantaray has dismissed both Hemang Badani and Amol Ubarhande in successive overs. Vidarbha 129 for 5

2.55pm - Tamil Nadu strike before tea In Chennai, Kaif has fallen for 68, and with him a few others. Malolan Rangarajan has three wickets, and UP are 187 for 6. Last three have fallen for 35, one of them to Murali Vijay

In Pune, Aditya Waghmode and Kedar Devdhar have scored important fifties for Baroda to help them recover from 84 for 3

2.50pm - Siddarth Ravindran in Hubli

This is a session karnataka will be happy with. Four wickets in it, and they will be looking to wrap up this innings soon after tea. Only twice this season have Haryana reached 300, and it seems they won't get there this time either: 150 for 7 at tea

Sid, you make Haryana sound like the India of last year. The sad part, though, is they can't even say, "Come home, we'll show you."

By the way, other tea scores are updated at the top of this page

2.45pm "@Sidharth, If I remember correctly, you never missed an opportunity to take a dig at Naman Ojha's selection in the India A team during your commentary stints. I am not a Naman Ojha fan; I am a Saha supporter too. Just found it ironic that you now had to type Ojha has taken 2 brilliant catches :-) " Karamana, I had even forgotten about it. Now that you remind me, let me clarify that those digs were at the selectors who had kept Saha out and had given no reasons. Regarding Ojha, he didn't keep well that day, but he has kept well today. Plain as that

2.40pm - Not good in Indore Ishwar Pandey, who has been impressive this season and has picked up four wickets today too, has just landed gingerly in his delivery stride and has left the field two minutes before tea. He seems to have pulled his calf

2.30pm - Good fielding continues in Indore After the stunning catch from Harpreet Singh at second slip early in the morning, his wicketkeeper, Naman Ojha has just dived full length to his left to pull off a one-hander to send the dangerous Abhishek Nayar back. Mumbai 155 for 4 now. Pandey gets the wicket again

Moments later, he dives full length to his right to dismiss Surya Kumar Yadav for a duck. Superb outswinger from Pandey, and an even better catch from Ojha, who gots both his hands to it. These are the kind of catches that fly between the keeper and first slip when India are playing Tests. Mumbai 155 for 5. Pandey has four

2.25pm - Saxena updates Vineet Saxena of Rajasthan has fallen for 74. Ashok Menaria is 58 not out. Rajasthan are 167 for 4.

In Indore, Jalaj Saxena has finally got a bowl, after the second drinks break of the day. Mumbai are 152 for 3. Kaustubh Pawar putting up a workshop on how to leave the ball, and Abhishek Nayar is attacking in hiw own way. Pawar 50 not out, Nayar 28 not out

2.10pm - Now that's what I call weather In Agartala, the fog is so heavy we haven't yet started playing

2.07pm - Kerala look to consolidate In Mallapuram, Kerala have scored 33 for one early loss. This is not a bad start at all after having bowled Jharkhand out for 120

2.05pm - Jowar roti "@Karamana: I wouldn't be surprised if Sidharth Ravindran is served typical North Karnataka food jowar roti, baingan bhartha and spicy hot chilly chutney! :D" Pavan, you are right. I have been told of "north Karnataka food, including jowar rotis"

2.02pm - Malik stars in Jammu Vikramjeet Malik has picked up four J&K wickets to reduce them to 119 for 5. One of his wickets includes the delightfully named Owais Shah, who has the same initials - OA - as Owais Shah of England

2pm - Assam pick two more An early burst of three wickets has been followed by another of three in Guwahati. From 26 for 3, Andhra went to 106 for 3, and now they are 136 for 6. Amol Muzumdar, the leading Ranji run-getter of all time, is unbeaten on 50

1.55pm - Recovery continues in Cuttack Vidarbha were 48 for 3 at one stage, but the fourth wicket has more than doubled the score. Hemang Badani is unbeaten on 26, Amol Ubarhande on 24

1.50pm - Maharashtra keep pegging away After two early wickets, Maharashtra have picked another in Pune to reduce Baroda to 123 for 3. Saurabh Wakaskar has fallen to Akshay Darekar for an even 50

1.48pm - Kaif stands tall In Chennai, Mohammad Kaif has held the UP innings together with an unbeaten 62. Malolan Rangarajan has jolted UP twice. They are 146 for 3 now.

1.45pm - MP build pressure Anand Rajaan has made a good comeback with a semi-new ball, removing Aditya Tare in Indore. Five consecutive maidens have led us to drinks there. Mumbai 111 for 3

1.43pm - Hyderabad rebuild After choosing to batting first, Hyderabad were 91 for 3 but Bavanaka Sandeep has fashioned a mini comeback with an unbeaten half-century. They are 124 for 3 now, against Railways

1.40pm - Lunch update "Disappointing about the lack of updates regarding the items in today's lunch menu. Is Sharda fasting?" Lakshman, to make up for her absence, I have just had a Ranji Trophy-style lunch: dal makhni, aloo-gobhi, paneer, chapatis and gajar halwa

1.35pm - Vineet Saxena digs in Defending champions Rajasthan haven't had a great season, but Vineet Saxena has scored runs for them. They were 42 for 2 against Saurashtra this morning, but Saxena has arrested the slide and they 134 for 2 now. Saxena is unbeaten on 65

1.30pm - Harbhajan checks in Over in Valsad, Harbhajan Singh has bagged two quick wickets, taking out Samit Gohel and Parthiv Patel. Gujarat 145 for 4 now

1.20pm - Siddarth Ravindran in Hubli

Haryana batting staying true to form. Two quick wickets after lunch leave them at 119 for 5. Both Nitin Saini and Rahul Dalal caught at the wicket. Sunny Singh still there, though, and Amit Mishra, who has scored important runs this season, joins him in the middle. Most parts of stands that are under shade are now full. A few thousand people in.

1pm - Nice touch from KSCA Reports Siddarth Ravindran: "At lunch time in Hubli, former cricketers from the region were honoured at a ceremony by the KSCA. Most of the players were either wicketkeepers or left-arm spinners. Among the glovemen were Somasekhar Shiraguppi, who had a decade-long career ending in 2003, and Avinash Vaidya, who is now the team manager of Royal Challengers Bangalore. Among the left-arm spinners was Anand Katti, who was an important member of the Karnataka side that dominated Ranji cricket in the late 1990s."

12.55pm - Kerala finish the job Sreesanth comes back to take his fourth wicket, and Kerala have bowled Jharkhand out for 120 in Mallapuram. A crucial innings. Jharkhan began the match at 18 points from six games, looking to push into the top two, and hence the quarters. This will hurt them. Kerala can now entertain thoughts of an outright win and come back into contention. They have 11 points after six games

12.50pm "How do I post photos of the stadium in Hubli in my comment here?" Pavan, email them to cricinfophotos@gmail.com . I'll try to publish them as soon as possible. Others can do the same if they are at some venue. Look for off-beat pictures: the stands, the banners etc.

12.45pm - And Sumanth falls Sreesanth, Arup Das and Wasim Jaffer - after getting mentions in this blog - have all slowed down a bit. Jaffer is gone, and Das and Sreesanth are stuck at three wickets each. And now it's B Sumanth, who has fallen for 57. Andhra 110 for 4 now, with Abu Nechim breaking this 80-run partnership

"Abhimanyu Mithun has 8 wickets this season and he is in Indian team right now. Nonperformance is the key to be in Indian team right now."

Akalp, how about Piyush Chawla then?

12.25pm - First fifty The first half-century of this round is up. It's B Sumanth who has scored it to rescue Andhra from 26 for 3 in Guwahati. He has scored an unbeaten 53 out of 96 for 3

Noon It's lunch time in most of the matches. Some in the east have already resumed after the break. Latest scores are up there at the top of this page. No half-centuries in the first session. That's good

11.55am - Drama just before lunch in Hubli Reports Siddarth Ravindran: "Terrific bit of fielding from Manish Pandey at mid-on, almost fetches a wicket. Sunny Singh drives the ball and sets off for a tight single, Pandey dives full length to stop it. Sees that Nitin Saini, perhaps expecting the ball to be thrown to the non-striker's end is dawdling and flings it to the keeper. Third umpire is required to rule that Saini has made his ground. Two more chances soon after. A quick short delivery is edged by Saini, and the ball loops towards gully but lands short. Next over a massive appeal for caught-behind off HS Sharath, but the umpire rules that went off the thigh pad. Karnataka not happy. Haryana can't wait for lunch: 97 for 3"

11.50am - Siddarth Ravindran in Hubli

Chants of "jumbo, jumbo" as the crowd sees Anil Kumble walk out of the pavilion in preparation for a function at lunch time. Haryana's Sunny Singh and Nitin Saini finding it quite comfortable in the middle, Haryana have moved to 91 for 3 after 30 overs

11.40am - This year's XI

"For all the die-hard Ranji fans, a challenge. Can we put together a best-of-Ranji team based (primarily) on the performances this season. Many years ago there was a name for such a team, it used to be called the Indian team. Not any more of course, but that shouldn't stop us. We could keep updating this team as the season progresses."

Critihas, my XI [and I can't say they should be selected for India] would be: Jiwanjot Singh, Mukul Dagar, Paras Dogra, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Parthiv Patel (a little harsh on Uday Kaul), Abhishek Nayar, Sandeep Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Manpreet Gony, Shahbaz Nadeem. Send in your XIs if you think I have made glaring omissions

[PS: I have made a change, getting in Abhishek Nayar ahead of Rishi Dhawan]

11.30am - Kerala continue striking After Sreesanth's opening burst, Kerala have taken three more Jharkhand wickets to reduce them to 94 for 6. Sandeep Warrier has taken two

11.05am - Where is the flying sikh? In Indore, Devendra Bundela drops one off the left-arm spin of Ankit Sharma. Which begs the question, why was Harpreet - who has taken two slip catches already - not fielding there? If you ask Trevor Penney, he will tell you he is rotating slip fielders in Ranji Trophy too

11am - Anand Rajan back on field MP's Anand Rajan had walked off with what seemed like a twisted ankle, but is back on the field now. He is wayward with the ball, though

10.55am - Akshay and off stump again SL Akshay has another wicket, merely hitting the off stump this time and not shattering it into two. Abhimanyu Khod is out for a duck and walks back to taunts from the crowd who shout: "Batting, batting". Ah, the Ranji crowds. Haryana 56 for 3

And about S Aravind. He is out with a knee injury

10.50am - c Harpreet b Pandey again Harpreet Singh has taken another catch at slip in Indore. Hiken Shah gone too. Mumbai 41 for 2. Both wickets have fallen to the promising Ishwar Pandey. Like that name. Could be used in a Vishal Bharadwaj film. Oh wait, he already has used Ishwar Tyagi. In Omkara

10.45am - Pace like fire SL Askshay has broken an off stump into two in Hubli, reports Siddarth Ravindran. Rahul Dewan gone. Haryana 56 for 2. That stump flew yards

10.40am - Toss trend So nine of the 11 matches that are underway have teams choosing to field first after winning the toss. The attitude will surely be different if we have five-day games

10.35am - Siddarth Ravindran in Hubli

Crowd shouts "bilo bilo" [dive, dive] as Stuart Binny chases a ball in the deep. "Lage raho" [Keep going] is the call from the Haryana dressing room as they reach 50 for 1

Five minutes later, Sreesanth has taken a third wicket. Jharkhand 53 for 4 now. Sreesanth 3 for 16

10.25am - Sreesanth is back In Mallapuram, Sreesanth has struck twice on his comeback, including one in the first over. We've been expecting you, Sree. Jharkhand 42 for 3

Kerala have just 11 points after six games, but if Sreesanth can be back to his best, it will be a great news for India

MP's Harpreet Singh has just pulled off a stunner at second slip, almost flying to his right, to send back Wasim Jaffer. That is a superb catch: stretched all the way to his right, both his feet in the air, and still catching it with both his hands. Clean as a whistle. Mumbai 27 for 1

10.10am - Hubli at its best behaviour Siddarth Ravindran from Hubli, where the KSCA Stadium is making its debut. "Police chief shouting at a bunch of cops in the stands. 'Are you here to watch the match' he asks before sending them to their places around the ground. Karnataka have struck early. Sandeep Godara caught in the slips by Manisha Pandey. Haryana 19 for 1"

blockquoteInteresting,isn't it?This trend of asking the opposition in after winning the toss.Maybe there's a view that first innings lead should be easier to attain once your batsmen see a target,or maybe it's just inspired by good bowling conditions,which seems the unlikelier option as most strips in India favour the batsmen. Whatever its' reasons this sure is a little baffling.Four day cricket/five day cricket,one always thought batting first was pretty much the way to go,barring exceptional circumstances of too much green on the wicket and the opponents' dislike of seam/swing.Wonder if this could also be because of doubts about the strength of respective batting units.That would be a shame.

Saurabh, I think it's the belief that the pitches have their most life on the first morning. And also, because these are four-day games pitches don't break up dramatically. So batting last is not that much of a trouble

10.05am - MP lose a strike bowler They won the toss, they put Mumbai in, and have now lost Anand Rajan, who landed gingerly in his delivery stride, and seems to have some ankle trouble. Wasim Jaffer meanwhile has flicked two lovely boundaries from in front of off and through midwicket. Shots as good as the famous Indore poha. He is 17 off 19

10am - UP bat too Down in Chennai, Uttar Pradesh too have decided to bat. They are 16 for 0. UP lead Group B with a game in hand so they are almost sure to go through to the quarters. Tamil Nadu, however, are languishing at 13 points after six games. They need big results

9.55am - Hyderabad buck the trend Hyderabad have won the toss and decided to bat first. Only team to do so so far. They are 13 for 0. And VVS Laxman is still out of action

9.50am - An update from Indore This is from Shubham, a reader. "I am in Indore, the weather is beautiful for cricket. There's some breeze, bit of dry breeze and sun is shining, certainly going to help some seamer in first session. Looking at the weather of last few days, breeze will remain throughout the day but nobody is having any serious pace on both side (I am not sure about how Agarkar is doing at this point of time) not much exploitation can be expected. Look out for Jalaj and Abdullah a lot will depend on them. M.P. did a unexpectedly good job in Gwalior, hope for best here."

9.40am - Siddarth Ravindran in Hubli

The maiden first-class match at the new KSCA stadium in Hubli is underway. Karnataka have won the toss and chose to bowl v Haryana. Before the game, Karnataka chief minister Jagdish Shettar inaugurated the new pavilion. He also faced a few gentle deliveries from Anil Kumble at the nets of the KSCA academy in the stadium. A small crowd is in to cheer on the players.

9.20am - Zak is back In Indore, MP have won the toss and have asked Mumbai to bat first. Mumbai yet to win an outright result this season. They are on their way out. Good to see Zaheer Khan is back. He was "unavailable" for T20Is against England. Now we know why. That might be a statement from Zaheer as to where his priorities lie. However, they will be missing Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma. And as another feedbacker pointed out, Sachin Tendulkar

MP have 20 points and are looking at a good result to make it to quarters. Mumbai have just 14 from six games

9.05am - A trend? Another early-morning starts, and another side choosing to field first. Assam this time, against Andhra in Guwahati. And they have taken a wicket in the second over. Andhra 0 for 1. Both these teams (Andhra at 20, Assam at 17) have a shot at making it to the quarters

Meanwhile, Himachal too have chosen to field first against Jammu & Kashmir at Jammu. Himachal, with 12 points from seven games, are almost out of the tournament. J&K have 13 points but also a game in hand

9am - This is the parochialism we want

"Would it be cynical of me to think that abhimanyu mithun is selected for the Indian team only to be benched to dent karnataka's chances in the ranji trophy? Last year he was selected for aus tour,benched and dropped. Have a feeling that this year also he will be benched and dropped after the T20 series"

Attaboy, Nithin. This is what we want. Ranji Trophy is meant to be petty and parochial. And yes, everything always works against the team you support

8.50am - While you were sleeping The eighth round of Ranji Trophy got away. In Cuttack, the toss happened at 8am. Hosts Odisha won it, and have asked Vidarbha to bat first. Right-hand batsman Girija Rout makes a debut for the hosts. Big match for both teams. Odisha are on 16 points after six games, Vidarbha 13 after six. A win here could put them in top three, and thus quarter-final contention

8.30am - Take that, Mayans If you are reading this, Mayans were lying. And if you aren't, let me tell you you are wasting this new lease of life. To show you are alive, and to show Ranji Trophy is alive, read this. And also write to us. We have one eye on every match. Srinivasan Raju, who gets you all the latest Ranji scores, Siddarth Ravindran, Amol Karhadkar and Sharda Ugra will keep making appearances here

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • azeem hafiz on December 22, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    tamil nadu playing against u p, sreenivasan finds a way io get rid of bhuvaneshwar kumar to make him sit in team india bench, this petty politics is not more going to help tamilnadu cricket, out goes srikanth, down goes tamilnadu cricket

  • kmv on December 22, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Very happy to see the talented sreesanth back in action . Team India needs talented players like him .I hope he will make a comeback to indian team soon.

  • manish on December 22, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    wow another gøöd nock by up's captain m.kaif .. But he has to convert those 50s in to hundred..bt good inning he is in great touch this season nd that is seeing in up team .that is top of the table

  • azeem hafiz on December 22, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    i feel abhinanyu mithun should be dropped from karnataka team with akshay ,sharath and more knocking the doors so he s selected for india, lol

  • jebasingh tirunelveli on December 22, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    my renji xi --------------------- v a jagadeesh jiwonjith sigh mandeep singh prasanna parthiv patel bhuvaneshwar kumar sreeshant manukrishnan sandeep warrier c p shahid yo mahesh

  • azeem hafiz on December 22, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    selectors please dont select sreeshanth in indian team, he has a job for kerala in winning ranji trophy

  • Nithin on December 22, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Ending my comment from the day with another cynical thought. Piyush chawla was picked instead of amit mishra to dent Karnataka's chance in the Ranji Trophy. Dropping Mishra has made him determined and he seems to be taking his frustration against karnataka bowlers this match (and UP bowlers in the last match.)

  • BINU on December 22, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    Very Happy to see Sreeshanth amoung wickets after a long stay back due to injury.He is Back..!

  • Srinivas Bharath on December 22, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    People who talk of Abhimanyu Mithun are not taking into consideration his performances at the international level, in the first place he should not have been dropped after his performance against srilanka and the west indies, he was taken to Australia and was not given a game and now you question his selection. People commenting should know something about the past too.

  • Karamana on December 22, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    @Sidharth, don't get too serious about it; I didn't mean it that way :-)

  • azeem hafiz on December 22, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    tamil nadu playing against u p, sreenivasan finds a way io get rid of bhuvaneshwar kumar to make him sit in team india bench, this petty politics is not more going to help tamilnadu cricket, out goes srikanth, down goes tamilnadu cricket

  • kmv on December 22, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Very happy to see the talented sreesanth back in action . Team India needs talented players like him .I hope he will make a comeback to indian team soon.

  • manish on December 22, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    wow another gøöd nock by up's captain m.kaif .. But he has to convert those 50s in to hundred..bt good inning he is in great touch this season nd that is seeing in up team .that is top of the table

  • azeem hafiz on December 22, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    i feel abhinanyu mithun should be dropped from karnataka team with akshay ,sharath and more knocking the doors so he s selected for india, lol

  • jebasingh tirunelveli on December 22, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    my renji xi --------------------- v a jagadeesh jiwonjith sigh mandeep singh prasanna parthiv patel bhuvaneshwar kumar sreeshant manukrishnan sandeep warrier c p shahid yo mahesh

  • azeem hafiz on December 22, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    selectors please dont select sreeshanth in indian team, he has a job for kerala in winning ranji trophy

  • Nithin on December 22, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Ending my comment from the day with another cynical thought. Piyush chawla was picked instead of amit mishra to dent Karnataka's chance in the Ranji Trophy. Dropping Mishra has made him determined and he seems to be taking his frustration against karnataka bowlers this match (and UP bowlers in the last match.)

  • BINU on December 22, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    Very Happy to see Sreeshanth amoung wickets after a long stay back due to injury.He is Back..!

  • Srinivas Bharath on December 22, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    People who talk of Abhimanyu Mithun are not taking into consideration his performances at the international level, in the first place he should not have been dropped after his performance against srilanka and the west indies, he was taken to Australia and was not given a game and now you question his selection. People commenting should know something about the past too.

  • Karamana on December 22, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    @Sidharth, don't get too serious about it; I didn't mean it that way :-)

  • Karamana on December 22, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    @Sidharth, If I remember correctly, you never missed an opportunity to take a dig at Naman Ojha's selection in the India A team during your commentary stints. I am not a Naman Ojha fan; I am a Saha supporter too. Just found it ironic that you now had to type Ojha has taken 2 brilliant catches :-)

  • pavan on December 22, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    Back to the stadium after a delayed lunch break...

  • Vishnu on December 22, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    I hope this season some of our fast bowlers in domestic cricket get noticed by our selecotors. India have good bench strength of batsman(?), we need some bench strength in fast bowling department too, not about the old guns, apart from zaheer and irfan, we require lot more fast bowling talents in this season.

  • G G Sudani on December 22, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Somebody is saying that "Abhimanyu Mithun has 8 wickets this season and he is in Indian team right now. Nonperformance is the key to be in Indian team right now." It is International Level. But at Domestic Level, in Baroda Team playing against Maharashtra, Kedar Devdhar woh was dropped from squad on the performance ground and was sent for C K Nayudu Semi Final where agaisn he was failed and was not selected for Match against TN during last week, he has been selected and he is there in Baroda Playing 11 presently with an average of 16.5 runs only. What a fine selection. The performer is sitting outside and non performer is playing. Hwo Indian Cricket can stands in international level

  • Nithin on December 22, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Amol Mazumdar must be the one of the best players to have not represented India. The others i can think of is Padmkar Shivalkar,Rajinder Goel,Kanwaljit Singh,Sridharan Sharath,Karthik Jeswanth etc

    @Siddharth: How about coming up with a best X1 ranji players who unfortunately never played for India in one of your cricinfo X1 articles

  • pavan on December 22, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    @Karamana: I wouldn't be surprised if Sidharth Ravindran is served typical North Karnataka food jowar roti, baingan bhartha and spicy hot chilly chutney! :D

  • Karamana on December 22, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Any updates from Sidharth Ravindran on the Hubli lunch menu?

  • Charles on December 22, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    I would pick an Under-24 Ranji XI because I feel 24 is the ideal age to start playing Tests for the country

    !)Jiwanjot Singh 2)Akshath Reddy 3)Lokesh Rahul 4)Manprit Juneja 5)Mandeep Singh (c) 6)Ravindra Jadeja 7)Amitoze Singh 8)Rishi Dhawan 9)Shahbaz Nadeem 10)Sandeep Sharma 11)Ishwar Pandey

  • Nithin on December 22, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    BCCI has done a good job in removing the zonal format for ranji trophy. Now how about doing that for the selection committee?

  • abhishek on December 22, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    UP are 145 for 3. Malolan getting the third, caught at slip.

  • Nithin on December 22, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    @Vish: Being an ardent Karantaka cricket follower in ranji i agree with you.Mithun should not have been selected in place of Vinay. I believe Pankaj Singh should have got a chance. He has been consistent last 2 seasons. At least give the poor guy a chance to fail

  • raghu on December 22, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    Hows Sandeep Warrier of Kerala performing? I know he has just taken couple of wickets,but would like to know his pace ,accuracy etc.His first class record looks quite good

  • Srinidhi on December 22, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    @Nithin ... totally agree with you about not having Gowtham and Binny in Ranji 11 ..... Binny is probably the best all- rounder this season .... taking wickets as well as scoring runs.

  • Vish on December 22, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    About Abhimanya Mithun, it is clearly a case of regional politics seeing that he has replaced fellow Karnataka "seamer" Vinay Kumar, while likes of Pankaj Singh are being ignored repeatedly. At this pace [pardon the pun] we'll struggle to even beat Bangladesh at home.

  • Sarobar Dutta on December 22, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    My Ranji XI: Jiwanjot Singh, Parthiv Patel, Yashpal Singh, Paras Dogra, Rohit Sharma, R Jadeja, Rishi Dhawan, Sanddep Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Mohit Sharma, Shahbaaz Nadeem.

  • Lakshman on December 22, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Disappointing about the lack of updates regarding the items in today's lunch menu. Is Sharda fasting?

  • Karamana on December 22, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Mithun is quite frankly short of international standard - bowls at a speed of 133, without any swing or seam movement. I am amazed how he still gets considered. I am equally amazed at the inclusion of Piyush Chawla. And also, M Vijay.

  • cibin cena on December 22, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    My playing xl 1. Jiwanjot singh 2 .p.dogra 3.h.shah 4.juneja 5.rayudu 6.a nayar 7..c.gautham 8.r.dhawan 9.sandeep sharma 10..p.rasool 11.a.chavaan

  • Nitin Kashyap on December 22, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    Is Amit Verma dropped from the Karnataka team or injured? Thought he would be an ideal choice with players like Uthappa, Binny, Pandey and Gautam around

  • Karamana on December 22, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    @Sidharth, Kerala has to first get 120 on a green wicket, before entertaining thoughts of an outright win

  • Nithin on December 22, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    KSCA has done a wonderful job in honouring past cricketers. They have taken the game to smaller towns.(I have heard that Mangalore will host a ranji match next year). yet DDCA wins the best association award. How??? Can someone please let me know what accomplishments DDCA have done to win the award? I am really curious to know

  • Akalp on December 22, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    It was not just about an individual but an indication about a trend creeping in Indian team selections where nonperformers are selected time and again because the whole team is comprised of nonperformers including captain.

  • Nithin on December 22, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    States which have one association can take the game to smaller towns. What will associations confined to one city like Mumbai,Baroda,Hyderabad do? What can they do to bring in the crowds?

  • Vishnu on December 22, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    I think kerala have good pace bowling attack even prasanth parameswarn in bench, young bowlers like sandeep warrier manukrishnan impressed with their talent.

  • pavan on December 22, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    I wonder if u would get a half-filled stadium watching the Ranji game if it was held at the Chinnaswamy even if it had a capacity of just 15000... Dear Ranji cricket, welcome to Hubli!

  • pavan on December 22, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    how do I post photos of the stadium in Hubli in my comment here?

  • Nithin on December 22, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    @akalp: How about Piyush Chawla? I guess he must have taken wickets by the buckets ;-)

  • Akalp on December 22, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Abhimanyu Mithun has 8 wickets this season and he is in Indiam team right now. Nonperformance is the key to be in Indian team right now.

  • SWAMI on December 22, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Select 10 good fast bowlers from Ranji circuit this year and train them with a specialist coach on technical skills and physical fitness& fast track them to National team 1.Imitaz Ahamed (UP) 2.Bhuvanesh Kumar (UP) 3.Mohit Mishra (har) - Ian pont feels he is a serious talent 4.HS sharath (kar) Really quick & tall , Very young. 5.Harshad Patel (har) 6.Sandeep Sharma (pun) Genuine swing Bowler 7.Sidharth Kual 8.Ishwar Pandy (MP) 9.Rishi Dawan (HP) Rated high by Akash Chopra 10.Sandeep Warrior (kerala) Rated high by dodda ganesh.

  • Krishna on December 22, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Hw can u forget Ashish reddy in the Ranji XI? He is bowling too good and batting quick....

  • critihas on December 22, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    @Nithin, agreed completely regarding databases. I went there simply to look at who had been the top wicket takers in the season. It was the almost complete absence of spinners on that list that made me send that second post.

  • Nithin on December 22, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Cricinfo team: why is not possible to view/add comments when the site is viewed from a mobile device?

  • umair on December 22, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    shami ahmed shud also b there he has pickd up two 10 fors dis season

  • abhinav on December 22, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    This ranji season -- Jadeja vs Kaif for that no. 6/7 slot: 1) Both are livewires in the field. 2) Jadeja is part time bowler, though might have got few wickets in domestic tounaments , Kaif has nothing to show in this field. 3) Their batting capabilities are poles apart....Kaif is a proven match winner, Jadeja ji is just a flat track bully that too will score 300's against poor bowling attacks. 4) Kaif is on a roll this season, Spends time at the crease, negates the morning conditions favorable for the bowlers and had great guns this season though most of them in 90's but on a much much difficult tracks.

    Somebody truly said once; "selectors are a bunch of Jokers".

  • pavan on December 22, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    Its lunch in Hubli....

  • Avinash Purushotham on December 22, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    Sugar town express H S Sharath needs some mentoring from Venkatesh Prasad and from Mysore express...!

  • umair on December 22, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    shami ahmed shud also b there he has pickd up two 10 fors dis season

  • shailesh gandhi on December 22, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Himachal Pradesh, Baroda and Punjab are playing their last group match. Himachal Pradesh are out for next round while Punjab are already in next round.

  • Srinidhi on December 22, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    My Ranji XI: Jiwanjot Singh, Parthiv Patel, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Devendra Bundela (Capt), CM Gautam (wk), Rishi Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, S. Narwal, MM Sharma, Sandeep Sharma Back up players: Md. Kaif, Amol Muzumdar, IC Pandey, Shami Ahmed

  • pavan on December 22, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    Hi Sid, I'm a regular reader of this blog but I never thought I'd be able to give u info but for the first time in 2 decades, my hometown Hubli is staging a Ranji match and the place is filling up quite quickly. Its sad u say its a small crowd, its pretty decent if not full. I've been in the stadium since 8:30 a.m. and I can't tell u how anxious we were to see this match live! #IMLOVINGIT!

  • Nithin on December 22, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    @critihas : The problem looking at the database is that you wont get the true picture. Personally i would rate Ganesh satish's 200* against Tamil Nadu under trying circumstances better then Kedhar Jhadav's 300+ against UP. Abhimanyu Mithun's 4 for against vidharbha on a featherbed better than a 5 for by shammi ahmed against hyderbad on a green top.

  • Jitender Singh on December 22, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    My Best of Ranji XI: 1. Jiwanjot Singh (PUN) 2. Parthiv Patel (wk) (GUJ) - Another good session, since he score pretty and quick fifties and not big hundreds, he is safe keeping and opening. 3. Paras Dogra (HP) 4. Rohit Sharma (MUM) 5. Yashpal Singh (SER) - Mind you, this guy never got his due for what he has done in last 10 years. 6. Abhishek Nayar (MUM) - Very good option at 6. 7. Rishi Dhawan (HP) 8. Shahbaz Nadeem (JHA) - Honestly no good spinners to compete around in domestic session. Amit Mishra misses out for playing too much in Lahli. 9. Mohit Sharma (HAR) - Mishra's loss is Mohit's gain, playing in Lahli 10. Sandeep Sharma (PUN) 11. Ishwar Pandey (MP)

    12th Man - Rajat Paliwal (SER) - We share same hometown, and he has done pretty well. I dont think considering politics in Haryana cricket, he would have ever made it to Haryana ranji team.

  • Nithin on December 22, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    Lets have best of Group A ,Group B,Group C etc. The reason is that teams within same groups have played similar opposition and it would make for a much more rationale comparison

  • critihas on December 22, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    Great to see the responses to my idea of a Ranji Eleven, and look forward to reading more. I went to the CI database for the current Ranji season to check some selections for my own fantasy team [we should run a Ranji fantasy contest, see whose selections come out on top, based on actual performances] What I was amazed to see there was the complete dearth of spinners among the top wicket takers. Shahbaz is about the only one in the top 10 list, and I think Dhruv is the only one in the next ten. Is this unusual? Are spin resources really than sparse in domestic cricket? I saw Harmeet as a possibility from the under-19 team. Is he not playing Ranji? Any updates, discussions, on this from folks on this forum will be welcome.

  • Karamana on December 22, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    @Nithin: Add to that the Kanpur pitch for the test against SA.

  • Anonymous on December 22, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    C M Gowtham will be the better wicket keeper batsman to this season's ranji xi.... Not to forget his contributions with the bat this season... 2 match saving tons, one is double among that...!!

  • Karamana on December 22, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    @Siddharth: Just 1 spinner in your Indian XI. Isn't taking the issue a bit too far? :-)

  • Karamana on December 22, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    My XI of the season so far: Jiwanjot Singh, Mukul Dagar, Paras Dogra, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu(C), Ravindra jadeja, Parthiv Patel, Parvez Razool, Sandeep Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Shahbaz Nadeem

  • Nithin on December 22, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    Karamana : Not only india all over the world the general notion is that seaming tracks are sporting but not spinning tracks. The problem is that if you make turning tracks it attracts the ire of match officials. Remember galle test match between sri lanka and australia. Remember semi-final between karnataka and baroda 2 years back which got over in just above 2 days

  • Akalp on December 22, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    My team of the season, selecting 12.

    Jeevanjot, Akshath Reddy, Paras Dogra, Rohit Sharma, Manpreet Juneja, Uday Kaul, Ravindra Jadeja, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma(Haryana with best aveage and SR in 30+ wickets), Ishwar Pandey, Siddarth Kaul/Nadeem.

  • vedant on December 22, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    1.jiwonjit singh 2.yashpal singh 3.paras dogra 4.parthiv patel 5.rohit sharma 6.ravindra jadeja 7.mapreet juneja 8.sandeep sharma 9.rishi dhawan 10.ishwar pandey 11.shabaz nadeem

  • Preet on December 22, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    The pitch at Indore is a greentop....the Mumbai bowlers Agarkar, Zaheer, Javed Khan, Nayar will have a field day....if the batsmen get 300+ then Mumbai will be in with a chance.

  • HEMENDRA on December 22, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Of course you have made glorious ommissions. Manpreet Gony can't play ahead of Parivnder Awana. Even Bhuvneshwar Kumar and team mate Siddharth Kaul are better. Rakesh Dhruv should replace Nadeem- he has taken Quality Wickets.

  • SWAMI on December 22, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Team should be not on runs but on quality. Md.Kaif,Ambati Rayudu, Imitaz ahamed ,Buvanesh kumar , Ankeet chavan marpeet Jenuja etc..

  • Md. Wasim on December 22, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    where is kaif in Your XI?

  • Krishnamurthy Sridhar on December 22, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    Tamil Nadu is in a spot of bother. I think UP would grind the attack and score 350+ which would seal TN's fate. Overall TN's performance in this ensuing Ranji Season is not up to their standards. They lack a match winning bowler.

  • Nithin on December 22, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    @siddharth Monga : We need to take pitches into consideration not just stats . why no C.M.gautham for wicket keeper's postion? Brilliant hundred against tamil nadu,fighting knock against UP to save karnataka from defeat,briliant double hundred against Vidharbha. Also why no stuart binny ?

  • Mahip on December 22, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    I would include Hiken Shah in place of Rohit Sharma.He's a bit more consistent than Rohit Sharma.

  • Nithin on December 22, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    First let me know where the ranji matches are going to be played? In rajkot?

  • rahul on December 22, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    ok let me ask all a question.........who do u think are the 3 best spinners in the ranji trophy, who can replace ashwin in the test side?

  • Nithin on December 22, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Cricinfo team: Sreesanth made his comeback in the last round. So why the headline 'Sreesnath takes three on return' ???

  • critihas on December 22, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    For all the die-hard Ranji fans, a challenge. Can we put together a best-of-Ranji team based (primarily) on the performances this season. Many years ago there was a name for such a team, it used to be called the Indian team. Not any more of course, but that shouldn't stop us.

    We could keep updating this team as the season progresses.

  • prasanna on December 22, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    we should all thank the host broadcaster for telecasting the ranji games, atleast we can know what`s happeneing in the domestic circuit closly

  • Karamana on December 22, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    Nithin: In India, there is this general notion that sporting pitch means a green pitch. It can also be a turning pitch with good bounce,but unfortunately the trend in the last few years in Ranji trophy has been to prepare really green pitches when the host association wants to prepare sporting pitches. Is it any surprise then that there are no attacking spinners to be found in the Ranji circuit?

  • Nithin on December 22, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    Guess its time to make Abhimanyu Mithun trend the same way Mohammed Kaif was made to trend in the last round :)

  • Nithin on December 22, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Note to Siddharth Monga : Crincinfo team is making me feel like a ranji veteran. Most of my comments get published in ranji matches but never for international matches :-)

  • sammy on December 22, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    KARNATAKA ARE DOING WELL WITHOUT THE SERVICESS OF VINAY,MITHUN AND ARAVIND.SHARATH IS REALLY A GOOD BOWLER. COMMON KARNATAKA

  • Nithin on December 22, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    karamana: Pool of fast bowlers is fine.But where are the spinners?Ranji veterans like amol mazumdar,hrishikesh kanitkar have expressed concerns about lack of quality spinners . One theory could be due to preparation of green pitches for last few rounds as teams go for outright wins which makes the spinner's role more defensive in nature.

  • Srinivas Bharath on December 22, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    Thanks Siddarth for the update about Aravind

  • Srinivas Bharath on December 22, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    Mithun bowled well in Srilanka and the west indies in the limited opportunities he had got, I dont know why the selectors dont trust him.

  • NAYEEM on December 22, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    I AM SURE IN HUBLI HUGE CROWED WILL COME TO WATCH THE MATCH..ALMOST AFTER 20 YEARS RANJI MATCH IS BEING PLAYED HERE...HAPPY TO WATCH MATCH IN MY CITY...

  • Srinidhi on December 22, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    It is a great job done by Mr. Anil Kumble, Mr. Brijesh Patel & KSCA administration to build a new stadium in Hubli, there by spreading out to other regions of Karnataka, from the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Definitely, batsman shots will be really tested, if they are going over the ropes, as it is having a whopping 90 metres boundary (like Melbourne), which will be make it one of the biggest grounds in India, unlike the 70 - 80 meter boundary grounds. Look like the new cricket ground in Hubli is also having lush green outfield, which will encourage to slide and dive, while fielding. Hoping the wicket is really good one , providing balance between bat & ball.

  • Karamana on December 22, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    India actually seems to have a pool of fast bowlers who have some potential like Pankaj Singh, Ishwar Pandey, Vir Pratap Singh, Sandeep Singh. I hope such bowlers are groomed at the NCA under Venkatesh Prasad or under Joe Dawes.

  • Nithin on December 22, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    If i am not mistaken Sreenath Aravind,Irfan Pathan,Vinay Kumar are injured.

  • Srinivas Bharath on December 22, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    I am also curious to know answer to Nithin's question about Aravind, he had made it to the Indian ODI squad last year and now we dont see him even in the Ranji Trophy.

  • Karamana on December 22, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    @Sid, I remember reading Aakash Chopra saying that when the Ranji trophy enters the business phase, that is the final 2-3 rounds, host associations always prepare green pitches. I think that's the reason why teams choose to bowl on winning the toss.

  • pramod on December 22, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    Come on Sree...you can do it....

  • Nithin on December 22, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    @Siddarth : Regarding parochialism : It has been 14 years since karnataka has won the ranji trophy(last won in 98-99). This is the longest i ever had to wait for karantaka to win a ranji title since i was born. Its also interesting to note that karanataka has never won the ranji title since this group format was introduced

  • Varun Dhaka on December 22, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    Sreesanth always bowled superbly on his comeback at any level of cricket.

  • Varun Dhaka on December 22, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    Most of the teams playing for the 3 points so they ask opposition to bat and then chase the first inning target for first inning lead.

  • Nithin on December 22, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    Regarding trend of fielding first: Its easier to get 7 points going for an innings win than by 10 wickets. There are chances of a batsman getting out even if the team has to chase 1 run in the 4th innings :)

  • Karamana on December 22, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    What a brilliant catch by Harpreet Singh to dismiss Jaffer

  • Karamana on December 22, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    In fact for the last couple of rounds, most of the pitches have been uncharacteristically very very green

  • Saurabh on December 22, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    Interesting,isn't it?This trend of asking the opposition in after winning the toss.Maybe there's a view that first innings lead should be easier to attain once your batsmen see a target,or maybe it's just inspired by good bowling conditions,which seems the unlikelier option as most strips in India favor the batsmen. Whatever its' reasons this sure is a little baffling.Four day cricket/five day cricket,one always thought batting first was pretty much the way to go,barring exceptional circumstances of too much green on the wicket and the opponents' dislike of seam/swing.Wonder if this could also be because of doubts about the strength of respective batting units.That would be a shame.

  • Karamana on December 22, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    Wow, Ishwar Pandey is really good. He bowls at decent pace, gets bounce, and moves the ball. Good action too.

  • Sandeep on December 22, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    What the hell UPCA is doing ,Green park is again on the way to losing the match, now it has become a dreame for kanpurites to watch a international cricket match.

  • Shubham on December 22, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    I am in Indore, the weather is beautiful for cricket. There's some breeze, bit of dry breeze and sun is shining, certainly going to help some seamer in first session. Looking at the weather of last few days, breeze will remain throughout the day but nobody is having any serious pace on both side (I am not sure about how Agarkar is doing at this point of time) not much exploitation can be expected. Look out for Jalaj and Abdullah a lot will depend on them. M.P. did a unexpectedly good job in Gwalior, hope for best here.

  • HEMENDRA on December 22, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    @Monga, HP is not almost out. They are the Only team among 27 that does not have any Mathematical probability of reaching Quarters.

  • Sandeep Ghosh on December 22, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    A similar interpretation as the one being made for Mithun could apply for Bhuvneshwar too. U.P, in any case, are without Raina, Praveen & Chawla as well.

  • Harshavardhan on December 22, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    I would like to see these Ranji Matches being used as a platform for finding and grooming the next generation of INDIAN Players and also it will be more worthy if all the current Indian players take part in this domestic matches. The selection for any tour or match should be based on the current form of the player rather than any ones reputation. This is the only way to reward performers and to push the non-performers to work hard. If the current trend of picking the player on his reputation continues, we will see further deterioration of the INDIAN test team. It will be good for the team to have a window for domestic season, so that all players can play in these matches and atleast we can see the INDIAN team performing at HOME, if not AWAY.

  • mahmu on December 22, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Is Irfan Pathan playing for Baroda against Maharashtra? Had Anyone know about his fitness?

  • Nathan on December 22, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Nithin,

    My thoughts exactly. Without Vinay and Mithun, it is going to be hard for K'taka. H.S. Sharath has started his career well. So has KL Rahul. I hope they shine again! Btw, can someone please tell me whether Sreenath Aravind has been injured or dropped this season?

  • Nithin on December 22, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    Mumbai Cricket fans : Why isnt sachin tendulkar playing ranji trophy to find some form?especially at a time when rohit sharma/ajinkya rahane are playing for the national side and mumbai is desperate for an outright win. I am certain he would have played for Mumbai Indians for the IPL/CLT20 if it were held now !!!

  • Ajit on December 22, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    END OF D WORLD Which Was Scheduled For 2012 Has Been Postponed To 3012 Due To Sum TechnicalProblems Plz cooperate & continue With same life Til Further notice- Inconvenience problem regretted--GOD

  • Sachin Jain on December 22, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    HI Sidharth....been one of the many 30-32 year olds who have been following Ranji since a kid...am definitely alive and waiting for Mumbai to win a single match this Ranji season

  • Nithin on December 22, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    Would it be cynical of me to think that abhimanyu mithun is selected for the Indian team only to be benched to dent karnataka's chances in the ranji trophy? Last year he was selected for aus tour,benched and dropped. Have a feeling that this year also he will be benched and dropped after the T20 series

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  • Nithin on December 22, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    Would it be cynical of me to think that abhimanyu mithun is selected for the Indian team only to be benched to dent karnataka's chances in the ranji trophy? Last year he was selected for aus tour,benched and dropped. Have a feeling that this year also he will be benched and dropped after the T20 series

  • Sachin Jain on December 22, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    HI Sidharth....been one of the many 30-32 year olds who have been following Ranji since a kid...am definitely alive and waiting for Mumbai to win a single match this Ranji season

  • Ajit on December 22, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    END OF D WORLD Which Was Scheduled For 2012 Has Been Postponed To 3012 Due To Sum TechnicalProblems Plz cooperate & continue With same life Til Further notice- Inconvenience problem regretted--GOD

  • Nithin on December 22, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    Mumbai Cricket fans : Why isnt sachin tendulkar playing ranji trophy to find some form?especially at a time when rohit sharma/ajinkya rahane are playing for the national side and mumbai is desperate for an outright win. I am certain he would have played for Mumbai Indians for the IPL/CLT20 if it were held now !!!

  • Nathan on December 22, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Nithin,

    My thoughts exactly. Without Vinay and Mithun, it is going to be hard for K'taka. H.S. Sharath has started his career well. So has KL Rahul. I hope they shine again! Btw, can someone please tell me whether Sreenath Aravind has been injured or dropped this season?

  • mahmu on December 22, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Is Irfan Pathan playing for Baroda against Maharashtra? Had Anyone know about his fitness?

  • Harshavardhan on December 22, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    I would like to see these Ranji Matches being used as a platform for finding and grooming the next generation of INDIAN Players and also it will be more worthy if all the current Indian players take part in this domestic matches. The selection for any tour or match should be based on the current form of the player rather than any ones reputation. This is the only way to reward performers and to push the non-performers to work hard. If the current trend of picking the player on his reputation continues, we will see further deterioration of the INDIAN test team. It will be good for the team to have a window for domestic season, so that all players can play in these matches and atleast we can see the INDIAN team performing at HOME, if not AWAY.

  • Sandeep Ghosh on December 22, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    A similar interpretation as the one being made for Mithun could apply for Bhuvneshwar too. U.P, in any case, are without Raina, Praveen & Chawla as well.

  • HEMENDRA on December 22, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    @Monga, HP is not almost out. They are the Only team among 27 that does not have any Mathematical probability of reaching Quarters.

  • Shubham on December 22, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    I am in Indore, the weather is beautiful for cricket. There's some breeze, bit of dry breeze and sun is shining, certainly going to help some seamer in first session. Looking at the weather of last few days, breeze will remain throughout the day but nobody is having any serious pace on both side (I am not sure about how Agarkar is doing at this point of time) not much exploitation can be expected. Look out for Jalaj and Abdullah a lot will depend on them. M.P. did a unexpectedly good job in Gwalior, hope for best here.