India A v NZ A, 1st unofficial Test, Visakhapatnam, 3rd day

Zol, Nayar tons earn India A draw

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August 30, 2013

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New Zealand A 310 (Ronchi 125, Astle 63, Saxena 6-106) drew with India A 388 for 7 (Zol 110, Nayar 102*, Astle 3-106)

Vijay Zol made a century on his first-class debut, India A v New Zealand A, 1st unofficial Test, day 3, Visakhapatnam, August 30, 2013
Zol struck a ton on first-class debut © BCCI
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Centuries from Vijay Zol and captain Abhishek Nayar ensured India A held on for a draw against New Zealand A in Visakhapatnam on the final day. Zol also brought up a maiden century on first-class debut in the process.

Responding to a strong first-innings total of 310, thanks largely to Luke Ronchi's 125, India began the third day on 6 for 1 after Unmukt Chand fell late on the second day. Sarabjit Ladda, the nightwatchman, fell in the 18th over to leave India at 49 for 2.

In came Zol, who has been in red-hot form having posted scores of 128, 173 and 128 in the last few months, and along with Jiwanjot Singh, constructed a partnership of 77 for the third wicket.

Jiwanjot fell just two short of his half-century, bringing Manprit Juneja to the crease. Zol continued going from strength to strength, putting on a 97-run stand for the fourth wicket with Juneja. When Juneja was dismissed on 43 by Todd Astle, India were 77 behind the New Zealand total.

Abhishek Nayar stepped in and played a responsible knock, aiding Zol to a century on his first-class debut. Zol was bowled by Carl Cachopa after the pair had added 60 runs,. A small string of partnerships followed, as India looked to bat out time till stumps. Nayar stayed unbeaten on 102, while Astle was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 106.

The teams are scheduled to meet again for a four-day match on the same ground from September 2.

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Posted by Nampally on (August 31, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

@Shashipathy: Fan supporters like Sir_Ivor or Naresh 28 have been following the fortunes of the young Indian cricketers for a years! Talent & temperament are rare qualities, which are inherent in some & developed in other by incorporating the necessary qualities. A good example is Rohit Sharma who has a lot of talent by short in temperament which he is developing now. Gavaskar, Tendulkar & more recently Pujara are excellent example of inherent temperament + talent. It was seen in them from a very young age. Gavaskar (@age 20) totalled about 774 runs in his very first Test series vs. Great WI team! Pujara rattled off a century & double century in his very first full test series vs. England. Vijay Zol has that rare combo as well & he should be fast tracked to exploit it- Not a case of "Puppy Love" by any means! As for your concern about "not falling in love with bowlers", there have been a few cases- B.Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Aaron, Pandey & Rasool received lot of fan support too.

Posted by Naresh28 on (August 31, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

@shashipathy - the facts speak for themselves. Batting wise there is enough talent. These guys have proved themselves ten times over. Their scoring has been achieved every way in the world. The spinners have also shown up with another youngster (Kaldeep yadav) coming to the fore. With Chand I still believe he can come good just needs guidance from a senior.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

guys.... cool under7, under19,list A all are below by far to international level. very less cricket s played in FC and below. so lets just make hiim play one season before bringing to international level.

Posted by android_user on (August 31, 2013, 8:25 GMT)

India always produce great batsmen we produce the legends like sunny,srt(greatest batsman after don in the history of cricket) rahul(best no 3 of last decade)now kohli(best odi bat alongside Santa in last 2years).they are all come in the prime list of batsmen in cricket's history wish zol will be there one day. morning shows he will. all the best kiddo.

Posted by ravi_hari on (August 31, 2013, 4:53 GMT)

Doing away with predictions and suggestions, first let us look at Zol in the present 'form'. This lad seems to remind one of early Vinod Kambli. He has the patience to stay at the wicket and also has the strokes to score runs quickly. He has handled himself well till now and has focussed only on his game. Whenever given a chance he has tried very sincerely to prove himself and give his best. The series of tons he has scored in the past 6 months shows his dedication. He also seems to have the rare temperament which Sunny Gavaskar always talks about. Whether he is lucky to be from Sunny's state or not but he needs to be handled very carefully. The likes of Chand have already got into media hype and commercials. I am sure his poor run recently is because of distraction. Everyone cannot be a Kholi. Chand should realise it. Talent wise I think Zol is far superior to many youngsters of today. Being a lefty is an advantage. Eager to see more of him at all levels. All the best Zol.

Posted by jimbond on (August 31, 2013, 3:18 GMT)

Is the Maharashtra state team so good that Zol was not good enough to play for them last season?

Posted by Johnny_129 on (August 31, 2013, 1:19 GMT)

Great players are generally given their international break early. Zol needs to be fast tracked into the Indian team (just like SRT was at 15) to enhance his development. Zol might take a few matches to find his feet at Test level but he is a better investment then the likes of Rohit etc.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (August 30, 2013, 23:54 GMT)

Zol is a natural talent .hope the selectors give him the break .keep working hard pal

Posted by Nampally on (August 30, 2013, 21:23 GMT)

Great reply Team India, Well Done!Vijay Zol has been scorching many a Cricket fields with his centuries. He seems to be following the footsteps of Gavaskar with meteoric rise at a young age of 18. Indian Selectors need to reward talented Zol, as they did for Tendulkar. Pujara, an immensely talented guy had his entry into Tests delayed inexplicably, even after he overcame his knee injury. Zol & Pujara have a lot in common as neither is willing to give away his wkt. cheaply. In addition Chand, Jiwanjot & Rahul are all terrific opening batsmen- each capable of partnering Dhawan. So Indian batting order up to #5 is in the safe hands due to so much talent available. If Aaron gets fit, India can reinforce B.Kumar, Mohit Sharma & Yadev with one more seamer. Ashwin, Ojha, Mishra are the spinners in addition to all rounder jadeja. Raina & Rohit Sharma are already there. So Indian team for SA Tour in December is looking very promising. The Selectors have tough choices with profusion of Talent!

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 20:18 GMT)

Yet to have a look on Zol's game but for some extent no need to analyse few things. Looking at his game analysis for the past few months, he has great temperament that must earn him to play Indian Test Team at the earliest.

Future Indian Test Team: 1. Dhawan, 2. Pujara, 3. Zol, 4. Kholi, 5. Jadeja, 6. Dhoni, 7. Ashwin, 8. B Kumar, 9. Yadhav, 2 places are yet to be filled. We have many choice for player but these positions can be floated based on pre-game basis (Extra Batsman / Bowler / All-Rounder).

All the Best Zol..

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 20:10 GMT)

Cricket fans when it comes to young players are lika 17 year old. Falling in love with every good looking gal passing by. Then you get to know the gal and she is no longer that beautiful. I think we need to take step back and take a deep breath and realize the fact that there are only 6 batting spots one keeping spot and four bowling spots. Also, batters, and bowlers need long runs [duration] so they continue to excel, chopping and changing and putting in new blood is not the way to set up a cricket team. We were totally in love Chand, and before that we were in love with Dhawan and now we are in love with Zol, don't forget all those ready to fall in love with JiwanJyot. Now we only have two opening spots in a test match and it would be an immense injustice to Vijay if we dont love him any more because of two failure with 'A' team. Please be patient and let youngsters play a few years of Ranji and see what happens. What concerns me is we are not falling in love with bowlers. VeryScary

Posted by Chaitanyareddy90 on (August 30, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

Why bcci conduct all the matches only at one venue.that venue also flattrack bully.the bcci can be conducted these unofficial tournaments on fasttrak pitches like dharmasala,mumbai, chennai.the matches are conducted above venues and face international bowlers (like martin,bracewel)and get the runs is increse the confidence of the playere. I would like to see the westindies-A tour of india matches can be conducted on bowling pitches.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

He is lucky, still one place vacant in test team, selectors can consider him specially Indian next tour to South Africa (He performing well in bouncy pitches).

Posted by maheshmali on (August 30, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

vijay is a very gritty player. his ability to occupy places him close to dravid. he generates great power by sheer timing. would like to watch to watch him playing for the dhoni brigade. a great bud to look for

Posted by Sir_Ivor on (August 30, 2013, 15:51 GMT)

G R Vishwanath was just 20 years old when he made his Test debut against Australia in Kanpur. Against a quality attack comprising of Mackenzie,Connoly and Gleeson and Mallet Vishwanath scored 137 in the second innings though he was out for 0 in the first innings. Vijay Zol could be something similar.He has a 400 plus at the school level and has been very consistent ever after that. n fact he was bought by the RCB in the IPL where he has had the opportunity to run shoulders with many great international and Indian players. He is a big innings player and having seen him play in the age level games on TV,I can say that he has all the strokes.Particularly the horizontal ones.He has an excellent defence of either foot, He has worked his way without too much hype and expectations unlike Unmukht,who needs just to work on his shot selection in my opinion, to be a big success.Like Zol, Rahul and Samarth from Karnatala could also make it big. India looks like dominating the game in the future.

Posted by SevereCritic on (August 30, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

Fast Track this guy into the national side. Zol seems pretty solid.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

Vijay zol is truely an amazing talent .. and should soon get the chance at the big level

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (August 30, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

It's amazing to see how Vijay Zol plays his natural game even when wickets are felling at regular intervals on the other end. Since last few months we are witnessing this many times. Today's knock is special for him as FC debut hundred against the opponent's quality bowling attack. Gillespie & Bracewell had played for NZL senior side. His hunger for staying at wickets is quite evident. As a cricket fan, I would like to see him in action against international teams. He is good enough to play as Nampally suggested in other blog. Though it is early to say to play in next SA tour, we have the opportunity to play him in A games. WI A team is also touring next month. Well done Vijay!! Well done IND A!!

Posted by goldenpower on (August 30, 2013, 14:09 GMT)

we believe he will get chance to play in dhoni team shortly.

Posted by CricketMaan on (August 30, 2013, 13:58 GMT)

Amazing for someone who is yet to debut in Ranji!! Zol keep it up, once you step into India colors even its only A tour, the expectatio sky rockets. You can either get inspired by what a 16yr did to Indian cricket or another 17 yr old who is still struggling to find a place (read Rayudu). Good Luck for the Ranji season.

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