The bid of Delhi for quarterfinal berth got a huge boost followed by their captain Ishant Sharma’s releasing by the team management by India for the fifth round of group A by Ranji Trophy against Maharashtra, starting from tomorrow.Kedar Jadhav, who is their batting mainstay, will not be available because of wrist injury for Maharashtra. According to the team management policy over the past couple of years, players who are not the part of XI are sent back to enjoy first-class cricket to keep the match ready.
According to Shankar Saini, Delhi team manager, “Ishant will reach Delhi by evening and he will lead the side. While Rishabh Pant will lead as his deputy and it is confirmed.”
With 17 points on four games, Delhi is placed second currently in group A following Karnataka and in contention to reach one of two top positions in the group.They are reported to be the runaway favorites off Maharashtra who are on 10 points on four games and they would require huge outright winnings to qualify. It seems impossible these days.
While Ishant Sharma has roped in, he is going to share a new ball with Navdeep Saini with Mannan Sharma and Shivam Sharma who will man the slow bowling.
With two centuries scored out of four games, senior cricketer Gautam Gambhir has been in good form but the poor run from Unmukt Chand is bothering the team. He failed to keep going and to save his 49 in a successful chase against UP. Dhruv Shorey scored a couple of runs and Milind Kumar hasn’t turned stars. Pant would also want to keep going who has been in bad patch. Surendra Bhave, Maharashtra coach told that Kedar is in NCA for conditioning and strength currently.
Sri Lanka Captures Two before Rain Begins
Bhave added, “We have Ankit Bawne as our captain who has been a reliable longer-format player. Rahul Tripathi had a nice IPL and Rohit Motwani is at the back of hundreds over the last game. We can qualify and I am still very confident.”
Rain and bad light conditions halted the innings of India on the opening day of the first test on Thursday against Sri Lanka with the hosts trying hard to struggle on 17 for two at Eden Gardens at Kolkata.When putting into the bat after a long delay run which washed off the first seasons, it bowled only 8.2 overs before the light forced umpires faded to suspend the game. They took the early tea.
Virat Kohli who was awaited to open his account and Cheteshwar Pujara on 8, were batting when India suffered early blows on green wicket. Lokesh Rahul was claimed with first ball of the match by Suranga Lakmal. He edged a great delivery to Niroshan Dickwella, a wicketkeeper.Then, the paceman took Shikhar Dhawan for eight, after moving delivery was dragged by the lefthander on his stumps. Rain had been falling in Kolkata before the match for two days. It started again so players left the field and the wicket was covered by the ground staff.