The Round 1 game of the Ranji Trophy will be played between Kerala and Delhi at the St Xavier’s College Ground in Thiruvananthapuram.
The match starts at 09:30 AM IST (04:00 AM GMT). There will be no live telecast of this match.
Sachin Baby is retained as the skipper of Kerala in this season of Ranji Trophy 2019-20. They have a strong batting line up with the likes of Robin Uthappa, Vishnu Vinod and Mohammad Azharuddin. Uthappa is the senior player in his side, who has amassed 9,118 runs in 136 games at an average of 41.25. In bowling, they have KM Asif and Sandeep Warrier, who had a great stint in this season of Vijay Hazare Trophy. They will have a big responsibility to take wickets against strong Delhi.
Delhi has announced a strong team for Ranji Trophy 2019-20. In batting line-up, they have Nitish Rana, Hiten Dalal and Dhruv Shorey, who did a commendable job in the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Moreover, they have Navdeep Saini, and Pradeep Sangwan, who will lead their side bowling attack. In the spin department, they have Shivam Sharma who will play an important role for their side on the spin-friendly wicket in Thiruvananthapuram. However, it is expected to be an enthralling encounter for the fans.
There are no chances of rain with a perfect atmosphere for a cricket match. However, the temperature is expected to deviate between 32 and 38 Degree Celsius according to Accuweather.
As far as the previous season is concerned the spinner got a lot of help from the wicket. The batsmen might have a tough time facing the spin heads in the match. However, the team winning the toss will most likely to bat because every team would be eager to take advantage of the wicket by batting first and pile some big runs against the opposition.
Injury and Availability News:
Will update if there is any news
Probable Playing XIs:
Robin Uthappa, Vishnu Vinod, Jalaj Saxena, Sachin Baby (c), S Sandeep Warrier, S Midhun, Mohammed Azharuddin (WK), MD Nidheesh, Salman Nizar, Basil Thampi, KM Asif.
Bench: Rohan Prem, Akshay Chandran, Rohan Kunnummal, Sijomon Joseph, Ponnam Rahul.
Nitish Rana, Dhruv Shorey (Captain), Pawan Suyal, Anuj Rawat (Wicket Keeper), Hiten Dalal, Pradeep Sangwan, Navdeep Saini, Lalit Yadav, Shivam Sharma, Kunwar Bidhuri/Shivank Vashisht, Vikas Mishra
Bench: Jonty Sidhu, Kunal Chandela, Lalit Yadav, Shivank Vashisht/Kunwar Bidhuri, Tejas Baroka
Robin Uthappa will play an important role in any Dream11 Fantasy Side due to his experience. He has mustered more than 9,000 runs in his first-class career at an average of 41.25. Jalaj Saxena will be another player to watch out in the upcoming match.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Robin Uthappa, Jalaj Saxena, Vishnu Vinod
Vice-Captain – Nitish Rana, S Sandeep Warrier, Sachin Baby
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Anuj Rawat
Batsmen – Dhruv Shorey, Robin Uthappa (C), Vishnu Vinod, Sachin Baby
All-Rounders – Nitish Rana, Lalit Yadav, Jalaj Saxena (VC)
Bowlers – KM Asif, Navdeep Saini, S Sandeep Warrier
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Mohammed Azharuddin
Batsmen – Dhruv Shorey, Robin Uthappa, Vishnu Vinod (VC), Hiten Dalal
All-Rounders – Nitish Rana (C), Lalit Yadav, Jalaj Saxena
Bowlers – KM Asif, MD Nidheesh, S Sandeep Warrier
Navdeep Saini will be an exciting pick in the match against Kerala. However, he is coming back after recovering from his injury and it will be interesting to watch how he performs. He is expected to be the risky pick but will be worth for any Grand League Side.
The team management of both sides might pick a different team while going into their opening game of Ranji Trophy 2019-20. So, it would be wise to wait for the confirmed playing XI.
Delhi is expected to win the match against Kerala.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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