Ranji Trophy 2013-14 November 19, 2013

Uthappa returns to boost Karnataka

ESPNcricinfo staff

Robin Uthappa, the Karnataka opening batsman who missed the first two Ranji Trophy games due to a hamstring strain, has been named in the squad for the next two matches. However, allrounder Stuart Binny, who scored a century in the drawn match against Gujarat, is set to miss the next two after injuring his right knee.

The team will be captained by the wicketkeeper CM Gautam, filling in for the regular captain Vinay Kumar, who has been called up to the India ODI squad for the home limited-overs series against West Indies.

Uthappa's absence for the first couple of games gave Mayank Agarwal an opportunity and he impressed with 90 on first-class debut. Ronit More, the right-arm seamer, is in the squad as Vinay's replacement.

Karnataka drew both their matches and are placed sixth in Group A with only four points. They travel to Nagpur to play Vidarbha from November 21, and then to Cuttack to take on Odisha.

Squad: CM Gautam (capt & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Robin Uthappa, KL Rahul, Kunal Kapoor, Manish Pandey, Ganesh Satish, Abhimanyu Mithun, HS Sharath, S Arvind, KP Appanna, Karun Nair, R Samarth, Abrar Kazi, Ronit More

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  • Rajesh on November 20, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    I doubt, whether it would make any difference. Uthappa is just a shadow of whatever he was. It is going to be tough for Karnataka this season. KL Rahul is not finding the groove he was in till the start of this season. He flopped big time in Duleep Trophy and has 114 runs in 3 innings in Ranji trophy so far. Manish Pandey has lost touch, form after his operation last year. CM Gautam too was very average in Duleep and I doebt him repeating his last year heroics. Hope all this changes. On the bowling front, Vinay Kumar has suddenly lost all those limited skills he had and is finding it difficult to get wickets. Aravind and Mithun should save Karnataka. Appanna is and will be very average. Karnataka has tough matches ahead. Lets see.

  • Ashok on November 19, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    Good point "CricketMaan", we need to see the new guys for two seasons before we judge them as ready for India. Jiwanjot, unfortunately, is not as impressive in his second season. Likewise we should hold off on Aparajith until the end of next season.

  • Dummy4 on November 19, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    cmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmon Uthappa I want to see u in Indian team

  • Sriram on November 19, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    I can't see any openers dominating this season at least so far. This means Vijay and Dhawan will have a long rope and its fair. Both won't set the world alight as we play close to 11 Tests overseas on trot. They will fail from time to time, but if they show some fight and glimpse of form that they have shown at home will augur will for Indian Cricket. Having said that there arent too many that are knocking the doors of India as openers. We did see Chands, Jiwanjots raise to the occassion last season, but the 2nd season is always tough for these newbies. If they continue to rise good for India, else we may go back to Mukunds, GGs, Uttappas..

  • Dummy4 on November 19, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    Utthapa is in last chance hotel he shudnt waste this season!!

  • Dummy4 on November 19, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Uttappa was a great talent and he threw away all the chances he got to play for india.

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