Irani Cup: Madhya Pradesh takes on Agarwal-led Rest of India

Even as India and Australia put together for the third Test in Indore on Wednesday, 500 km away from the Holkar Stadium in Madhya Pradesh, 22 gamers will take guard in one of the prestigious competitions in Indian home cricket.  

Madhya Pradesh, final yr’s Ranji Trophy Champions (2021-22), will tackle the Rest of India within the 58th Irani Cup tie right here on the Captain Roop Singh Stadium.

While India won’t play quite a lot of Tests this yr after the present collection in opposition to Australia, the tie permits the selectors to evaluate gamers like Rest of India skipper Mayank Agarwal, who topped the run charts with 990 runs.  

The Karnataka opener was dropped from the nationwide aspect final yr and has since discovered type in home cricket. A very good efficiency right here might carry him again in rivalry for the World Test Championship remaining if India qualifies and the 2 Tests in West Indies later within the yr.  

Meanwhile, left-arm spinner Shams Mulani has changed leg-spinner Mayank Markande, who injured his finger throughout coaching on Monday. 

The contest shall be a stern check for Madhya Pradesh, particularly with the absence of some key gamers like top-order bat Rajat Patidar and pacer Gaurav Yadav. Speaking forward of the match, MP coach Chandrakant Pandit stated, “The Irani Cup doesn’t often come in a player’s career, and the boys realise how big a game this is. You have to win a Ranji Trophy to be here.”

It will even be a particular recreation for Pandit as he tries to duplicate with MP what he did with Vidarbha twice by doing the Ranji-Irani double.

“Every coach and player wants to win every trophy possible, but I don’t get too excited and want to leave my process. We had a good season this year but lost in the semifinals. After working hard for 40-45 days, we missed out, but we have now been given a chance to get another title. That is how I look at it,” Pandit remarked.

The prestigious match comes when home gamers are gearing up for the IPL, however Rest India of India, coach Shitanshu Kotak, feels gamers are skilled sufficient to present their greatest. 

“They want to do well and know the selectors are watching. They have enough time to prepare for the IPL after this,” stated Kotak.

While the Irani Cup was once a significant tie and the stepping stone to the nationwide group, in current occasions, India A excursions are seen because the gateway to a nationwide call-up.

When requested if this match continues to be related, Kotak, who has been India A head and batting coach, stated, “Irani has its charm. It is a five-day game. If you are part of a team picked from across the country, you have to do justice to that. It is another chance for players to perform well. Just because you have a few India A tours doesn’t mean it diminishes this match.”

The squads:

Madhya Pradesh: Himanshu Mantri (c&wk), Yash Dubey, Harsh Gawli, Shubham Sharma, Akshat Raghuvanshi, Aman Solanki, Kumar Kartikeya, Saransh Jain, Avesh Khan, Ankit Kushwah, Anubhav Agarwal, Mihir Hirwani, Aryan Deshmukh, Arham Aqueel, Aryan Pandey

Rest of India: Mayank Agarwal (c), Sudip Kumar Gharami, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Harvik Desai, Mukesh Kumar, Atit Sheth, Chetan Sakariya, Navdeep Saini, Upendra Yadav (wk), Shams Mulani, Saurabh Kumar, Akash Deep, B Indrajith, Pulkit Narang, Yash Dhull.

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