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January 1, 2012
Rajasthan will be without their swing bowler Deepak Chahar for the Ranji Trophy Elite quarter-final clash against Hyderabad starting on Monday, because he's down with jaundice. Chahar made the headlines last season when he took a record 8 for 21 on Ranji debut to skittle out the same opponents for 21.
Rajasthan batsman Aakash Chopra was hopeful their strike bowler will be available for the next match, should the defending champions progress.
"He is a good prospect and his presence would have given us psychological edge since he was the one who had floored them single-handedly in our first match last season," Chopra told PTI. "He is suffering from jaundice and that would leave him very weak. Hopefully he would be available for the next match."
Hyderabad qualified for the Elite knockouts after advancing from the Plate league, and Chopra said his team should guard against complacency especially since they're playing on Hyderabad's home turf.
"We beat Hyderabad hands down when they came here last season but we would not underestimate them," Chopra said. "They would be playing at their home ground and any team which qualifies for quarter-finals must be a good team. We won't be complacent and we are thinking about one match at a time."
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