Ranji Trophy: Chandigarh, Mizoram seek to finish in style
CHANDIGARH: Placed third in the Plate group and almost out of the race for knockouts, Chandigarh hosts will try to end their maiden Ranji Trophy high season when they take the field against Mizoram on Tuesday.
Both the teams will however be faced with the challenge of playing in a completely new stadium, the Mahajan Cricket Ground, which is all set to make it Ranji Trophy debut. But does the stadium truly match BCCI According to the rules, the entrance to the ground makes it almost impossible for the team buses to get there. Well, that however, remained unanswered by the organizers.
Returning to the game, it seems to be an exciting clash on the cards with both teams looking to finish their campaign at the top.
As a Chandigarh pacemaker Shresth Nirmohi He had pointed out after their encounter drenched in the rain against Puducherry, there is very little they have in their control when it comes to the knockout race.
The weather has played an important role in our campaign this season. On two or three occasions we were within walking distance of a victory but unfortunately we got lost due to the weather. If we had won those games, we would have been at the top of the table, Nirmohi had told TOI.
But with meteorologists forecasting a clear climate for the next four days, Nirmohi and company are a happy unit. Hopefully we have a complete game, it is always exciting to concentrate on the contest instead of playing reckless cricket due to weather restrictions.
The house side looks like an established unit with pattern Manan Vohra leading the batting unit alongside the young weapons in the first game Shivam Bhambri, Ankit Kaushik, Raman Bishnoi and veteran wicketkeeper-bat Uday Kaul.
The other starter Arslan Khan has been recruited on the Chandigarh U23 side, and will be replaced by Gaurav Puri.
The lower middle order is in the safe hands of the versatile Bipul Sharma and Gurinder Singh, who also take care of the turn department with their left arm twist.
Shresth has assumed the role of spearhead and will have characters like Jagjit Sandhu and Jaskaran Singh.
In the countryside
Senior Mizoram Batsman Taruwar Kohli He has predicted that the playing field is friendly batting, once the moisture dries, but he wanted the young batters of his team to apply to the situation.
The field looks good, it is a new field for both teams. I don't think the Chandigarh team has also played any cricket here. Obviously we have played many more games at the cricket stadium in Sector 16, that is familiar ground for most of us, Taruwar told TOI after the team practice session here on Monday.
But that is the beauty of the game and the challenge for players to adapt to any condition, he added.
The Mizoram side will be depending heavily on their captain KB Pawan and Taruwar to deliver the goods against the experienced Chandigarh line-up.
Mizoram: KB Pawan (C), Taruwar Kohli, Lalrinhlua, Bobby Zothansanga, G Lalbiakvela, Parvez Ahmed, Saidingliana Sailo, Jeremy Lalhruaitluanga, K Vanlalruata, Sumit Lama, Abhay, Lalhruaizela, Henry Lalsangzuala, Lalhruaalwia Ralikadru Ralika
Chandigarh: Manan Vohra (C), Shivam Bhambri, Jagjit Singh Sandhu, Gurinder Singh, Bipul Sharma, Raman Bishnoi, Ankit Kaushik, Uday Kaul, Gaurav Puri, Shresth Nirmohi, Jaskarandeep Singh Buttar, Jaskaranvir Singh Sohi, Anirudh Kanwar, Arpitjanh Kanwar, Arpitjanh Kunwar