Team India got a lot of multi talented players through Ranji trophy 2017-18.Some of them are waiting for the call of selectors for playing for India.India got young bowlers and batsmens through ranji trophy.We can go through the career history of some of the players.Rajneesh Gurbani
With 39 wickets from six matches, at an average of 17.12, Rajneesh Gurbani finished as the second highest wicket-taker in this edition of the Ranji Trophy. That close to 70 percent of his wickets came in the three knockout games alone is testimony of the kind of impact the 24-year-old pacer had in Vidarbha’s victorious campaign. Playing in only his second first-class season, Gurbani gave a glimpse of the kind of wreckage he could do during the match against Himachal Pradesh in the group stage, in which he bagged 6 for 113 in the first innings – the first five-wicket haul of his career. There was no stopping Gurbani after that as he bagged four more in the three knockout games, including an inspired 12 for 162 against Karnataka that helped Vidarbha eke out a narrow five-run victory. He then cut short Delhi’s fightback in the final, picking up the last four wickets in their first innings, including a hat-trick.
2017 is a year Prithvi Shaw cannot forget. Having made his first-class debut in January 2017, he started with a century on debut against Tamil Nadu to push Mumbai into the final of Ranji Trophy 2016-17. He also impressed in the final with scores of 71 and 44 but that wasn’t enough to prevent Gujarat from lifting the trophy. He began the 2017-18 domestic season in style, scoring 154 for India Red in the Duleep Trophy to set up his side’s 163-run victory. Eager to capitalise on his good form, the 18-year-old, who is India’s captain for the upcoming Under-19 World Cup, continued his love affair against Tamil Nadu with a century and followed it up with another three-figure score against Odisha in his very next game. With an important century against Andhra, he kept Mumbai’s qualification hopes alive and ended the season with 537 runs in six games at an average of 48.81, with three centuries and two fifties.
The fourth-highest run-getter of Ranji Trophy 2017-18, Anmolpreet Singh played an important role for Punjab in his maiden first-class season. In the match against Himachal in which Prashant Chopra’s 338 made all the headlines, the 19-year-old middle-order batsman scored a half-century on debut. He followed it up with scores of 113 and 267 against Goa and Chhattisgarh respectively before registering his second double century of the season – an unbeaten 252 against Services. While Punjab failing to make it to the knockouts, Anmolpreet ended up with 753 runs in five games, at an average of 125.50.
Another player who impressed in his maiden first-class season was Akshay Wadkar, the Vidarbha wicketkeeper-batsman who came up with crucial essays in the quarterfinal against Kerala and the final against Delhi. Having played only two matches in the group stage, Wadkar got an opportunity to bat only once in those games and his maiden outing with the bat, against Himachal, was only worth 15 runs. However, when Vidarbha were reduced to 95 was 6 against Kerala, it was Wadkar who stood tall with his gritty 53 off 147 deliveries that helped his side finish with a respectable 246. He also shined in the second innings of that game, helping himself to an unbeaten 67. Wadkar reserved his best for the last and proved that he is the man the team can count on in a crisis situation. When Vidarbha had slipped to 246 for 6 in reply to Delhi’s total of 295 in the final, Wadkar came up with an innings of utmost significance. Batting well with the tail, Wadkar’s 262-ball 133 took the game away from Delhi and eventually led to Vidarbha’s triumphant finish in their maiden Ranji final appearance.
Playing in only his second Ranji season, Chintan Gaja made a tremendous impact for Gujarat as he picked up 26 wickets at an average of 19.46, including the best figures in an innings in the tournament when he finished with 8 for 40 against Rajasthan. Considering Gujarat played on tracks that was of more assistance to the slower bowlers, Gaja’s efforts assumed all the more importance as the right-arm seamer delivered early wickets regularly to make things easier for the spinners.
Despite being only 17 years old and playing his maiden season of the Ranji Trophy, left-arm spinner Siddharth Desai didn’t seem out of place in the first-class circuit as he played the ideal second fiddle to Piyush Chawla in the 2016-17 champions’ dominant performance in the group stage. The youngster ended up with 29 wickets in five matches, including three five-wicket hauls, to finish as the second highest wicket-taker for Gujarat, behind Chawla.
Playing only in his second season of Ranji Trophy, the left-handed Abhishek Raman came up with some impressive performances as he finished as the highest run-getter for Bengal in this edition. In the match against Himachal, when Bengal had lost early wickets, it was Raman’s career-best 176 – along with skippeer Manoj Tiwary’s 123 – that helped his side finish with a good total which eventually earned them the first-innings lead. This knock earned him the Man of the match award, as did his innings of 155 against Punjab which set up Bengal’s innings victory. The opener scored 623 runs in eight matches in the Ranji season, finishing with an average of 44.50.
While he got to play only three matches in his maiden first-class season, the 19-year-old Bengal seamer ensured an impression was made straightaway. He shone in the match against Vidarbha with a four-wicket haul, although it came in a losing cause before starring in Bengal’s win against Punjab with figures of 5 for 32 in the second innings. He also played a crucial role in Gujarat’s quarterfinal exit when he picked up 3 for 64, including the key wickets of Priyank Panchal and Parthiv Patel, which helped Bengal prevail on basis of first-innings lead.
KC Akshay and Sijomon Joseph
The left-arm spin twins, playing in their maiden first-class season, complemented the leading wicket-taker Jalaj Saxena to ensure Kerala’s good run in the tournament. The 21-year-old KC Akshay finished with 22 wickets in only three games including two five-wicket hauls, while the 20-year-old Sijomon Joseph bagged 19 wickets in four matches with one fifer to his name.
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