Today the completion of Irani Cup match marked the end of another Long and successful domestic season of Indian Cricket. Rest of India team defeated the Ranji champions.
This domestic season was a delight to watch as the Indian captain M.S. Dhoni graced the season with his presence.
He played the domestic cricket after a period of almost 8-9 years. Also stars like Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir marked their presence in domestic cricket. Still BCCI failed to draw the attention of the fans as empty stands brought the morale of the players down and down.
One of the most shocking incident in this year’s domestic season was that in one of the Ranji Trophy game between Haryana and Odisha there was only a single reporter who turned out to cover the match.
Yes the same Lahli Stadium where Sachin Tendulkar played last Ranji Trophy match of his career and the event was enjoyed with great pomp and show. This incident is a big shame because Ranji Trophy is one the oldest tournament played in India and all the stars have been part of this great tournament in past.
Some alterations were made in this year’s domestic season as Ranji Trophy was played in two parts, Duleep Trophy was scrapped for this season and also some new rules were applied in this year’s domestic season. BCCI did a great job as it easy not an easy task to organise more than 900 matches in a season.
The domestic season began on 1st of October 2015 when a total number of twelve teams took on each other in a four-day Ranji game. As the tournament progressed new names emerged and some players were also successful to get a berth in Indian squad. Before the start of new season some senior players decided to change their states.
Aggressive opener Virender Sehwag shifted his base from Delhi to Haryana; veteran batsman Wasim Jaffer moved to Vidarbha and broke his 20 years old relation with Mumbai, The discarded left arm spinner Pragyan Ojha shifted to Bengal from Hyderabad on the advice of Sourav Ganguly. The domestic stalwart Mithun Manhas shifted to Jammu & Kashmir and bid a good bye to Delhi.
Few controversies also erupted in this season; one of the biggest controversy was a big fight between Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary. This fight continued till the last day and all the players got involved in this spat. Another controversy was erupted when the media reports suggested that Gautam Gambhir did not shook hand with M.S. Dhoni after the Vijay Hazare Trophy match.
The news caused an outrage against the Gautam Gambhir but finally Gambhir came out openly and tweeted a photo in which he and Dhoni were seen shaking hands. Another controversy involving Gambhir popped up when veteran all-rounder Rajat Bhatia was dumped from Delhi Ranji trophy squad. After he was dropped he said that Gambhir did not want him in the Delhi squad.
For players like Manoj Tiwary, Kedar Jadhav, Unmukt Chand, Gautam Gambhir, Mayank Aggarwal it was an golden opportunity to showcase their talent and to get a call from Indian selectors but they failed. Now they have to wait till IPL for their next opportunity. And to take a note Manoj Tiwary is not part of IPL this year as he was unsold in this year’s auction.
There were few retirements too in this season but the retirement which made news was the retirement of cricketer turned politician Laxmi Ratan Shukla, he announced his retirement from cricket and reports suggested that he was not at all comfortable with behaviour of players as he was an isolated old man in a dressing room full of young players.
In all this season was a mixed bag of emotions and drama in which few cricketers were successful to fulfil their dreams and others have to wait for next domestic season to achieve their goals.
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