Vidarbha successfully completed their Ranji Trophy title defence, beating Saurashtra by 78 runs to secure the title for the second time. The deserved winners of Ranji Trophy 2018-19, Vidarbha became the sixth team (after Mumbai, Maharashtra, Delhi, Karnataka and Rajasthan) to win back to back Ranji Trophy title. Can they win back-to-back Irani Trophy against a formidable Rest of India side?
The Rest of India side, led by India ‘s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, have in the ranks Mayank Agarwal, Rinku Singh, Hanuma Vihari, Shreyas Iyer and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja throw up a challenge. However, they must gel well quick or else Vidarbha would not give them a second chance.
Where – Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur
When – 12 February, 9:30 AM IST
Vidarbha have no injury concerns as of now. Likewise, Rest of India have none.
One of the Ishan Kishan and Snell Patel can be asked to don the gloves for ROI.
VID Playing 11: Wasim Jaffer, Faiz Fazal (c), Umesh Yadav, Ganesh Satish, Akshay Wakhare, Aditya Sarwate, Akshay Karnewar, Rajneesh Gurbani, Akshay Wadkar (wk), Mohit Kale
Doubtful – Sanjay Raghunath
Vidarbha Ranji Trophy Squad: Faiz Fazal (c), Wasim Jaffer, Umesh Yadav, Ganesh Satish, Akshay Wakhare, Sanjay Ramaswamy, Aditya Sarwate, Akshay Karnewar, Rajneesh Gurbani, Akshay Wadkar (wk), Shrikant Wagh, Lalit M Yadav, Aditya Thakare, Atharwa Taide, Darshan Nalkande, Apoorv Wankhede, Siddesh Wath
ROI Playing 11: Ajinkya Rahane, Ankit Rajpoot, Mayank Agarwal, Rinku Singh, Hanuma Vihari, Shreyas Iyer, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Ishan Kishan/Snell Patel
Doubtful – Rahul Chahar, TM Ul-Haq, Ronit More, Sandeep Warrier, Anmolpreet Singh, Krishnappa Gowtham
Rest of India squad: Ajinkya Rahane(c), Ankit Rajpoot, Mayank Agarwal, Rinku Singh, Anmolpreet Singh, Hanuma Vihari, Shreyas Iyer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, TM Ul-Haq, Ronit More, Sandeep Warrier, Ishan Kishan, Snell Patel
Wicket-keeper – Akshay Wadkar has had an incredible run in the tournament and is our choice of keeper. Plus, ROI have two wicket-keepers in the squad in Snell Patel and Ishan Kishan to create confusion of who will don the gloves.
Batsmen – Wasim Jaffer, Faiz Fazal, Mayank Agarwal, Rinku Singh and Hanuma Vihari are the hot picks.
All-rounders – A Sarwate and D Jadeja have been phenomenal with the ball in the Ranji Trophy.
Bowlers – Umesh Yadav, Ankit Rajpoot and Akshay Wakhare can be the safe bets basis the current form.
Make VID vs ROI Dream11 Team as per your discretion from the squad listed in the article.