Sourav Ganguly's presence lends an important touch to the Bengal-Haryana Ranji Trophy Super League match to be played at the Chaudhary Bansi Lal Stadium here from Tuesday.
Ganguly made himself available since Manoj Tiwary was picked in the Indian team for the one-day series against the West Indies.
The former India skipper's experience would obviously come in handy for a team that is looking to make the most from this encounter.
Haryana is confident. The loss of all-rounder Joginder Sharma, hurt in a car accident, certainly is a blow but the team is banking on its collective strength where Sunny Singh and Rahul Dewan have been among the runs.
Sunny slammed a match-saving 157 against Delhi while Dewan and Nitin Saini hit a century each in the last match against Baroda.
Left-handed Abhimanyu Khod, a batsman of immense promise, will look forward to benefit from his form.
In bowling, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has made an impression with his skills. In the company of skipper Amit Mishra, the two leg-spinners make an effective pair. Bengal coach W. V. Raman expected a competitive contest. “The pitch is what you expect in north India. So is the weather. There will be moisture and movement. It looks a decent track and I expect the seamers to excel. They can sustain in this weather,” said Raman.
For Haryana coach Ashwani Kumar, the match would be a test of character. “Honestly, at this level there is little to differentiate the teams. The pitch is hard and the ball will swing because of the weather. The batsmen would love this setting. We would certainly miss Joginder,” Ashwani noted.
The teams: Haryana: Amit Mishra (captain), Nitin Saini, Rahul Dewan, Sunny Singh, Sachin Rana, Abhimanyu Khod, Priyank Tehlan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Ashish Hooda, Jitender Billa, Dhruv Singh, Sandeep Singh, Lalit Bhati and Prateek Pawar.
Bengal: Sourav Ganguly (captain), Wriddhiman Saha, Arindam Das, Rohan Jhunjhunwala, Writam Porel, L. R. Shukla, Ashok Dinda, Ranadeb Bose, Iresh James, Arnab Nandy and Shami Ahmed .