Irani Cup 2016-17 January 14, 2017

Saha set to return in Irani Cup

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Wriddhiman Saha has been out of action since straining his left thigh during the second Test against England © Associated Press

India Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, who has been out of action since straining his left thigh during the second Test against England in Visakhapatnam, is set to make a first-class return in the Irani Cup. Saha has been named in the Rest of India side that will take on Ranji Trophy champions Gujarat at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai from January 20 to 24.

Cheteshwar Pujara will lead the Rest of India squad, which also includes Saha and Karun Nair among players who featured in India's most recent Test series. There is plenty of first-class experience in the squad, which includes the likes of Abhinav Mukund, Manoj Tiwary, Shardul Thakur, Pankaj Singh and Shahbaz Nadeem, as well as a sprinkling of young players such as the left-arm wristspinner Kuldeep Yadav, the wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan and the seamer K Vignesh, who enjoyed a breakthrough season with Tamil Nadu.

The Rest of India squad was the first one picked by the three-man selection committee comprising MSK Prasad, Devang Gandhi and Sarandeep Singh, after Gagan Khoda and Jatin Paranjpe were removed in keeping with the Lodha Commitee's recommendations.

Rest of India squad: Abhinav Mukund (Tamil Nadu), Akhil Herwadkar (Mumbai), Cheteshwar Pujara (Saurashtra, captain), Karun Nair (Karnataka), Manoj Tiwary (Bengal), Wriddhiman Saha (Bengal, wk), Kuldeep Yadav (Uttar Pradesh), Shahbaz Nadeem (Jharkhand), Pankaj Singh (Rajasthan), K Vignesh (Tamil Nadu), Siddarth Kaul (Punjab), Shardul Thakur (Mumbai), Akshay Wakhare (Vidarbha), Ishan Kishan (Jharkhand, wk), Prashant Chopra (Himachal Pradesh).

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  • vedhagiri on January 17, 2017, 6:16 GMT

    @VRDBB Panchal will be playing for defending champion side Gujarat

  • Viren on January 16, 2017, 8:33 GMT

    Why is Priyank Panchal not being considered??? He had some stellar performances recently.....

  • VVP on January 16, 2017, 6:37 GMT

    As usual selection is lacking vision and grooming of the players. Some notable and consistent performers have missed the berth. Another surprising thing is that last year squad is selected from the 8 teams that have reached quarter final, but this year selectors have chosen the squad from all times.Last year some players from hyderabad have missed the berths due to this criteria and this time no one got selected despite of reaching semi finals. very strange and unfortunate selection policies. Atleast one out of Ravikiran, siraj and milind should have been selected.

  • Shabeer on January 16, 2017, 4:14 GMT

    Abhinav Mukund , Prashant Chopra, Cheteshwar Pujara (captain), Karun Nair, Manoj Tiwary , Ishan Kishan (wk), Kuldeep Yadav , Shahbaz Nadeem, Pankaj Singh, K Vignesh , Shardul Thakur.

  • binu on January 15, 2017, 8:33 GMT

    Abhinav Mukund ( C) ,Akhil,Shreyas,Ankith Bawne,Deepak Hood,Rishab Pant ( Ishaan Kishan),Kuldeep,Nadeem,S Koul,Chama Milind,Vignesh,Rasool,Shardul,Sheldon Jackson/Prashnt Chopra

  • binu on January 15, 2017, 8:30 GMT

    Deepal Hooda and Ankith Bawne are really unlucky. Pankaj Singh is performing only in domestic matches.Chama Milind should have been selected

  • Sridhar on January 15, 2017, 5:38 GMT

    Parvez Rasool, Ishant Jaggi & Vijay Shankar should have been there instead of Tiwari, Pankaj Singh (both highly unlikely to make it to the India squad) and Karun Nair (already in the India squad).

  • sammco2106307 on January 15, 2017, 2:11 GMT

    @Sachinrao Irani trophy is not a preparation for playing for India. Rest of India is not India is not India A. Rest of India team is simply the best player available without any other consideration. It is very easy to dilute domestic cricket if we see it only as a stepping stone to team India. There are 30 teams in domestic cricket and a lot of cricketers who have given their life for cricket will never play for India. You don't really expect retire when they think they can't get selected any more. It will not only make their life worse but also adversely affect the domestic scene in India.

  • Praveen on January 14, 2017, 19:39 GMT

    Deepak Hooda, Baba Indrajit, Ankit Bawne, Ishank Jaggi, Nitin Saini, Vijay Shankar, Hanuma Vihari, Basant Mohanty, Ishank Jaggi, Yuz Chahal have missed the chance here. Load of rubbish from the selectors.

  • sachin on January 14, 2017, 19:36 GMT

    Horrendous selection. What will the selection of Pankaj Singh and Manoj Tiwary help the Indian team. Bawne, Ishank Jaggi, Rasool, Hooda to name a few who should have been considered. It's early days for Shaw. He still has a long way to go.. Fielding and fitness specifically. I hope Shardul bowls better than what he dished out on the last day of the Ranji final.

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