Ranji Trophy: Tamil Nadu will fancy its chances

Karthik-Vijay Shankar boost for visitors; Punjab hoping Kaul will be available to exploit a green top

Rain and chill greeted the Tamil Nadu team at the PCA Stadium here, ahead of a crucial Ranji Trophy match against Punjab. It is a crunch game as both have underperformed this season.

For Tamil Nadu, the good news is that Dinesh Karthik and Vijay Shankar, who played a match each before being summoned for India duty, are available. “They are much needed at this stage,” remarked skipper B. Indrajith, who, along with brother Aparajith, has been the team’s batting mainstay.

Tamil Nadu could not finish its first innings against Madhya Pradesh and Hyderabad. “That hurt,” observed coach Hrishikesh Kanitkar.

“We did well against Andhra but lost a close game against Bengal. It is to the team’s credit that it recovered and beat Kerala. We are out of our comfort zone and am sure the players will use their experience to tackle the conditions here.”

Batting depth

The visitors, even without M. Vijay, R. Ashwin and Washington Sundar, have the depth to pull off a win against Punjab. M. Shahrukh Khan is a bright prospect. It will, however, be tested severely over the next four days.

The green tinge on the pitch should prepare the batsmen on either side for a grim contest. Tamil Nadu would be on its toes if Punjab can convince Siddharth Kaul, who is returning from New Zealand, to be available for the match. However, Shubhman Gill and Anmolpreet Singh have confirmed their presence.

For skipper Mandeep Singh, the challenge would be to make the most against a strong opposition.

Punjab has added Manpreet Gony and plans to add Gurkeerat Singh to bolster the batting. Yuvraj Singh, who did not attend practice on Thursday, will bring in his experience.

The teams (from):

Tamil Nadu: B. Indrajith (Capt.), Dinesh Karthik, Abhinav Mukund, Vijay Shankar, M. Kaushik Gandhi, B. Aparajith, N. Jagadeesan, M. Mohammed, J. Kousik, M. Shahrukh Khan, S. Abhishek Tanwar, R. Sai Kishore, K. Vignesh, T. Natarajan.

Punjab: Mandeep Singh (Capt.), Yuvraj Singh, Shubhman Gill, Anmolpreet Singh, Jiwanjyot Singh, Abhishek Gupta, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Manpreet Gony, Sanvir Singh, Baltej Singh, Vinay Choudhary, Siddharth Kaul, Barinder Sran, Arpit Pannu and Gurkeerat Singh.

Ranji Trophy round six fixtures (Dec 14 to 17)

Group A: Gujarat vs Karnataka (Surat), Maharashtra vs Saurashtra (Nashik), Mumbai vs Baroda (Mumbai), Railways vs Vidarbha (Delhi). Not playing: Chhattisgarh

Group B: Himachal Pradesh vs Andhra (Nadaun), Hyderabad vs Bengal (Hyderabad), Kerala vs Delhi (Thiruvananthapuram), Punjab vs Tamil Nadu (Mohali). Not playing: Madhya Pradesh

Group C: Haryana vs Jammu & Kashmir (Rohtak), Odisha vs Rajasthan (Bhubaneswar), Services vs Assam (New Delhi), Tripura vs Goa (Agartala), Uttar Pradesh vs Jharkhand (Lucknow)

Plate: Arunachal Pradesh vs Puducherry (Goalpara), Meghalaya vs Bihar (Shillong), Mizoram vs Sikkim (Jorhat), Uttarakhand vs Nagaland (Dehradun). Not playing: Manipur

Ranji Trophy: Tamil Nadu will fancy its chances

Ranji Trophy: Tamil Nadu will fancy its chances

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