The legendary Duleep trophy which was scrapped off last year is making a comeback this year in style with a pink ball. For the first time in history of Indian domestic cricket, the pink ball will be put into test so as to decide upon its future in the coming period
First up it will be Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh who will be up against each along with their set of players. Yuvraj Singh will be leading India Red whereas Suresh Raina will lead India green at the Shahid Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh which is also the home ground of Afghanistan team.
Coming to the player roster, Raina’s team consist of more international players than that of Yuvraj Singh. Though members of Yuvraj’s team have the rich experience of domestic cricket but the international experience is what they lack. Still, the challenges for both the teams will be same as none of the players except Mohammed Shami is familiar to the pink ball and will face similar difficulties.
India Red led by Yuvraj Singh has a strong batting line-up consisting of Abhinav Mukund, KS Bharat, IPL star Nitish Rana, Sudip Chatterjee and young Ankush Bains. A domestic bunch of Abhimanyu Mithun, Nathu Singh, and Anureet Singh will bowl pace with the new ball for them whereas mystery bowler Kuldeep Yadav and IPL Crorepati Ashwin Murugan will look after spin department. Despite lacking in international experience, the team has many players who have the calibre to turn the game in their favour at any point in time.
India Green, unlike India Red, has players who have donned the blue jersey at international level. The batting line-up is packed with the presence of Robin Uthappa, Jalaj Saxena, Ambati Rayudu, Ian Dev Singh, Rohan Prem, Suresh Raina (c), Rajat Paliwal and Parthiv Patel. The veteran bowler Harbhajan Singh and Shreyas Gopal will look to loom a spin web. Ashoke Dinda, Sandeep Sharma, and Ankit Rajpoot will exploit the new ball to best of their capability. Raina will face a big selection dilemma ahead of the historic clash.
Tomorrow the curtain regarding the nature of the pink ball will be raised as some said that it had everything for pacers but nothing for spinners. The answers to all the queries will be made public soon the moment domestic and international players will get their hands on the pink ball.