Karnataka squad unchanged for Assam clash
KL Rahul will not feature for Karnataka in their fourth-round Ranji Trophy fixture against Assam in Mumbai, starting on Thursday. Rahul, recovering from a hamstring injury he picked up during the first Test against New Zealand in Kanpur, is undergoing rehabilitation and is yet to go through a fitness test, according to the Karnataka State Cricket Association. With the first Test against England starting on November 9 in Rajkot, the fourth round of the Ranji Trophy was seen as an opportunity for all the members of the Test squad to regain match fitness, after a two-week break.
Wriddhiman Saha will turn up for Bengal in their clash against Railways in Dharamsala. M Vijay, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, meanwhile, are all in the midst of a short NCA stint in preparation for the five-Test series against England.
Vijay Shankar boost for Tamil Nadu
Allrounder Vijay Shankar is set to return to competitive cricket after an nine-month layoff. He passed a fitness test and will be available for selection in Tamil Nadu's fourth match, against Madhya Pradesh in Cuttack. Vijay completed a two-month rehabilitation, following a surgery on his left knee, which he injured in July, before India A's tour of Australia. He was subsequently withdrawn from both the limited-overs and four-day squads, and was replaced by Hardik Pandya.
Delhi coach calls for Pant to temper his game
Delhi coach KP Bhaskar has called for more match awareness from Rishabh Pant, the season's highest run-scorer so far. Pant, one of three triple centurions this season, made 24 and 9 in Delhi's innings and 160-run loss to Karnataka last week. "You can't play the same pattern in every pitch. Sometimes, there will be a pitch which is holding on, there's a green top, so the shot selection becomes very important," he said. "That's the hallmark of a good player. You can't just play in the same pattern and the same gear, you can't do that. Sometimes, the situation demands where you need to be a little choosy. As I said, he is a stroke player, that's the way he plays. Sometimes you connect, and law of averages had to catch up with him."