India A and India B will lock horns in the opening game of Deodhar Trophy. Led by Hanuma Vihari, India A consist likes of Devdutt Padikkal, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Ishan Kishan, Jaydev Uandkat and Siddharth Kaul.
Padikkal was the highest run-scorer in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019/20 as he scored 609 runs in 11 innings.
Easwaran was recently close to a Test call-up. He was pipped by Shubman Gill – who waits for his debut – for a place in the Test team.
Led by Parthiv Patel, India B is also a strong side which includes likes of Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Priyank Panchal as openers. Likes of Kedar Jadhav, Baba Aparajith and Vijay Shankar provide solidity in the middle-order.
Yarra Prithviraj, Roosh Kalaria and Mohammad Siraj will perform the pace bowling duties while all-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham and Shahbaz Nadeem will share the old ball.
Despite the Ranchi pitch assisting spinners, there will be something for the pacers in the first hour of the game as the match has a 9:00 AM start. Batsmen might struggle in the first hour but later, it will be a good day for batting.
Toss might not have a big say in the deciding the result of the match and team winning the toss might want to chase the target.
Injury update and availability –
Every player named in the squad is available for selection and it will be a tough task for both the captains to pick final XI for the match. India B have as many as four openers, including captain Parthiv Patel. He might drop himself in the batting order to allow youngsters to kick off the proceedings.
The match will start at 8:45 AM at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi.
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