Elite Grop B group leaders Kerala take on Gujarat in a Ranji Trophy quarter-final tie at Krishnagiri Stadium in Wayanad. Kerala had an excellent campaign as they secured most wins (4) in their group after eight round of games. In their last outing, they crushed Himachal Pradesh by 5 wickets to seal the semi-final spot.
Meanwhile, Gujarat have had another successful season. They would be eyeing another finish like the 2016–17 season where they lifted their maiden Ranji Trophy title. Gujarat won three of their fixtures this season and finished fourth on Elite Group A points table with 26 points. In their last outing in the tournament, Gujarat registered an innings win over Maharashtra.
Form Guide (recent first)
Kerala – W L W L L
Gujarat – W D D D W
Head-to-head (last two fixtures)
Kerala – 1, Gujarat – 1
Where – Krishnagiri Stadium, Wayanad, Kerala
When – January 15, 9;30 AM IST
Parthiv Patel returns for Gujarat after missing the league rounds.
GUJ Playing 11: Piyush Chawla, Manprit Juneja, Roosh Kalaria, Axar Patel, Priyank Panchal (c), Rujul Bhatt, Siddharth Desai, Parthiv Patel (c &wk), Chintan Gaja, Kathan D Patel
Gujarat Ranji Trophy Squad: Parthiv Patel (c & wk), Piyush Chawla, Hardik Patel, Karan Patel, Dhruv Raval, Chintan Gaja, Siddharth Desai, Kshitij Patel, Arzan Nagwaswalla, Kathan D Patel, Manprit Juneja, Roosh Kalaria, Axar Patel, Priyank Panchal, Mehul Patel, Bhargav Merai, Rujul Bhatt and Samit Gohel.
KER Playing 11: Sanju Samson, Sachin Baby, Basil Thampi, Ponnam Rahul, Mohammed Azharuddeen (wk), MD Nidheesh, Sijomon Joseph, Sandeep Warrier, Vishnu Vinod, Vinoop Manoharan
Doubts: Jalaj Saxena, Vasudevan Arundhadi Jagadeesh
Kerala Ranji Trophy Squad: Sachin Baby (c), Vasudevan Arundhadi Jagadeesh, Sandeep Warrier, Vinoop Manoharan, Basil Thampi, MD Nidheesh, Akshay Chandran, Salman Nizar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Vishnu Vinod, Sijomon Joseph, Ponnam Rahul, KC Akshay, Vatsal Govind, Arun Karthik, Jalaj Saxena, Sanju Samson (wk) and Rohan Prem.
Wicket-keeper – Parthiv Patel is our choice for the wealth of experience he has and cricketing ability.
Batsmen – Kathan D Patel, Priyank Panchal, Manprit Juneja, Ponnam Rahul and Sachin Baby can be picked basis their last performances.
All-rounders – Vinoop Manoharan, Rujul Bhatt, Piyush Chawla and Axar Patel are all excellent choices in this section for the current form and cricketing ability.
Bowlers – Desai, Warrier and Thampi have all claimed 25+ wickets in the competition so far and are the ideal picks.
Make GUJ vs KER Dream11 Team as per your discretion from the squad listed in the article.