The spoils up for grabs at the Duleep Trophy

Duleep Trophy, 2013

Is Duleep Trophy no longer relevant?

With tournaments like Champions League T20 nudging Duleep Trophy towards the margins of India's domestic calendar, the once-popular event is facing an identity crisis

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South Zone v North Zone, Duleep Trophy final, 5th day

Teams share trophy after final washed out

Overnight rain ruined the outfield at Nehru stadium in Kochi forcing the fourth day of the Duleep Trophy final between North Zone and South Zone to be abandoned without a ball being bowled

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Unmukt Chand plays an attacking shot on the off side

South Zone v North Zone, Duleep Trophy final, 4th day

Second successive day abandoned, Chand ruled out

Overnight rain ruined the outfield at Nehru stadium in Kochi forcing the fourth day of the Duleep Trophy final between North Zone and South Zone to be abandoned without a ball being bowled

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South Zone v North Zone, Duleep Trophy final, 2nd day

Gambhir out of Duleep final due to fever

Gautam Gambhir opted out from the North Zone squad for the Duleep Trophy final against South Zone after complaining of fever on the second day and left for Delhi just before the start of play

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Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir gave India a quick start

South Zone v North Zone, Duleep Trophy, final

Sehwag, Gambhir add heft to Duleep title clash

Duleep Trophy, the forgotten tournament that is often played in the background, has got a shot in the arm with Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir joining the North Zone team for the final to be played in Kochi from Thursday onwards.

North Zone v East Zone, Duleep Trophy semi-final, 5th day

Disappointing to go out on coin toss - Nadeem

Shahbaz Nadeem, the East Zone captain, said there was nothing his side could do when North Zone won their Duleep Trophy semi-final on the basis of a coin toss

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North Zone v East Zone, Duleep Trophy semi-final, 5th day

North Zone win coin toss to make Duleep final

North Zone won a coin toss to qualify for the Duleep Trophy final, after their semi-final against East Zone was called off without either team securing a first-innings lead due to a wet outfield

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Pragyan Ojha celebrates one of his six wickets

Duleep Trophy semi-finals, 2013, 4th day

Ojha leads South Zone to final

Pragyan Ojha led South Zone into the final of the Duleep trophy after his six-wicket haul downed Central Zone by an innings and 38 runs in Chennai

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Duleep Trophy semi-finals, 2013, 3rd day

Paliwal, Saini tons further North control

North Zone lead East Zone by 559 runs in the first semi-final of the Duleep Trophy thanks to four of their batsmen scoring centuries.

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Abhimanyu Mithun celebrates the wicket of Mohammad Kaif

Duleep Trophy semi-finals, 2013, 2nd day

Chand century builds strong total for North

Unmukt Chand hit his third first-class hundred in the Duleep Trophy semi-final as North Zone reached 329 for 2 on the second day against East Zone