Syed Mushtaq Ali: Spotlight on old warhorses in ahead of IPL auction
India’s old warhorses like Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh will likely be seen in motion as 10 teams in two teams conflict one another in the Super League stage of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 event starting on Sunday.
The premier names to be seen in motion for his or her respective sides embrace the World Cup profitable quartet of Gambhir, Yuvraj, Suresh Raina and Harbhajan who’ve been out of reckoning for the nationwide group for a while.
Gambhir was conspicuous by his absence throughout Delhi’s coaching session immediately on the Eden Gardens and the supervisor knowledgeable the media that the left-handed opener will be part of the group tonight.
While Raina will likely be returning to Chennai Super Kings in the upcoming IPL season, Gambhir, Yuvraj and Harbhajan, who will go beneath the hammer in the IPL auction on January 27-28, will look to make it rely in the Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Off-spinner Harbhajan, who has been launched by Mumbai Indians after enjoying for the facet since IPL’s inception in 2008, will lead the problem for Punjab in Group A which additionally has Karnataka, Jharkhand, Mumbai and Rajasthan.
Ten teams are divided into two teams in the Super League stage and the highest two sides will play in the summit conflict at Eden Gardens on October 27.
Punjab received three matches, together with a two-run humdinger in opposition to desk toppers Delhi, to complete second in North Zone.
The Punjab skipper, Harbhajan batted and bowled in a rigorous coaching session for about two hours alongside one other veteran Yuvraj Singh as their intent was clear.
“We have done really well in Delhi, it’s about shifting focus to the Super League stage here. It’s always good to see a lot of young and exciting talents coming up. It’s good to compete with them,” Harbhajan mentioned.
“Like any other cricketer, I also wish to do well and make a case for myself. Definitely I see this as a chance. It will be nice to win the Trophy,” he mentioned.
Four matches will likely be performed on a regular basis in two venues of Eden Gardens and Jadavpur University second campus at Salt Lake in a spherical robin format that can go on until January 25.
Punjab will face South Zone toppers Karnataka, whereas Jharkhand will take on Mumbai in the opening day’s fixtures at Jadavpur University.
All eyes at Eden Gardens will likely be on two-time IPL profitable skipper Gambhir who has been launched by his franchise Kolkata Knight Riders.
The Delhi participant, who has a base worth of Rs 2 crore alongside Harbhajan and Yuvraj Singh in the IPL auction, will look to impress alongside Rishabh Pant.
Pant, the dashing Delhi wicketkeeper batsman, smashed a 32-ball century in opposition to Himachal Pradesh and he’s the main run-getter with 278 beneath his belt with an astounding strike price of 210.60.
Delhi will open their marketing campaign in opposition to Tamil Nadu, whereas residence facet Bengal will face Baroda in the 2 fixtures at Eden Gardens tomorrow.
For Karnataka, Karun Nair, who’s second in the run chart with 236, would be the one to be careful for.
Bengal’s Shreevats Goswami too is again among the many runs, aggregating 232 with the assistance of three half centuries and the diminutive wicketkeeper batsman will look to proceed his purple patch ahead of the IPL auction.
Super League Groups:
Group A: Punjab, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Mumbai, Rajasthan
Group B: Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Bengal, Baroda, Uttar Pradesh.