Vijay Hazare Trophy: Presence R Ashwin, Murali Vijay boost Tamil Nadu’s prospects
The presence of ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and Test opener Murali Vijay offers Tamil Nadu a bonus within the Vijay Hazare Trophy Group ‘C,’ when the matches start at numerous venues.
The hosts get their marketing campaign underway with a match towards Gujarat and will anticipate to return up trumps within the event.
Ashwin, who has been out of the India ODI facet since final yr’s ICC Champions Trophy, will intention to be among the many wickets and impress the selectors once more.
The lanky off-spinner, who was lately snapped up by Kings XI Punjab within the IPL auctions, did effectively within the first two Tests of the collection towards South Africa earlier than lacking the third.
His expertise could possibly be important for Tamil Nadu’s bowling unit in what are more likely to be high-scoring situations.
Vijay, then again, who hasn’t featured within the limited-overs format for some time now, will look to make use of the event to run into kind forward of this yr’s IPL.
He has been picked up by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on the current auctions.
The group led by all-rounder Vijay Shankar is a mixture of youth and expertise and the presence of Ashwin and Vijay provides power to the line-up.
Shankar stated the presence of the duo can be a motivating issue for the remainder of the squad.
Having didn’t progress to the knockout stage within the Ranji Trophy and come up brief within the Syed Mushtaq Ali Super League in Kolkata, the group will likely be eager to make amends.
Tamil Nadu had a brief camp main into the event and captain Vijay Shankar stated they’d ready effectively and that the intention was to carry out effectively.
The group’s coach Hrishikesh Kanitkar stated the supply of Ashwin and Vijay can be a boost for the group.
He stated he was not involved about Ashwin not having performed white ball cricket for over six months and stated he anticipated to him do effectively.
“I expect everything from him.. He is a complete player.. He has got the experience and just recently played Test cricket at a very high level.. I am expecting that he turns up and does really well,” Kanitkar added.
The coach additionally confirmed that Murali Vijay will likely be opening for Tamil Nadu and the selection of the opposite opener will likely be made forward of the sport.
He additionally stated the return of paceman Aswin Crist from harm was excellent news and added it stays to be seen how he goes within the event.
The Aditya Tare-led Mumbai, with out Shreyas Iyer and Shardul Thakur, away on nationwide obligation, will anticipate the likes of Surya Kumar Yadav and Akash Parkar to step up.
They can be hoping Prithvi Shaw, who led India to victory within the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand yesterday, joins the group and can present the impetus on the high.
Of the opposite teams within the fray, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh will likely be anticipated to spring a shock or two.
The latter did effectively within the Ranji Trophy and didn’t qualify for the Super League section of Mushtaq Ali Trophy, shedding out because of an inferior internet run-rate.
Tamil Nadu begins favorite although surprises can’t be dominated out within the limited-overs format and will intention to start its marketing campaign towards Gujarat in a optimistic method.
Tomorrow’s matches: Tamil Nadu vs Gujarat; Andhra vs Rajasthan; Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh.