Hardik Pandya, Wriddhiman Saha and Ishant Sharma will not participate in this great tournament

After a gap of nearly two years, India’s premier national top-class competition, namely the Ranji Trophy, is about to start. The 87th season of the Ranji Trophy which has been split into two phases due to the Indian Premier League (IPL) as many current test players will be playing in the IPL. However, goalkeeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha, fast bowler Ishant Sharma and all-around star Hardik Pandya will miss this tournament.

Hardik Pandya and Ishant Sharma are currently out of the India squad. In such a situation, everyone is surprised that he does not participate in this great tournament. While Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane will play in the Ranji Trophy. Navdeep Saini (Delhi), Mayank Agarwal (Karnataka), Priyank Panchal (Gujarat), Hanuma Vihari (Hyderabad), Jayant Yadav (Haryana) and Umesh Yadav (Vidarbha) are also expected to play for their respective local teams.

What is surprising is the departure of Ishant Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha and Hardik Pandya from the tournament, which has been the post-national route for the India ‘A’ team. Saha told The Telegraph on Thursday that he would not be able to play the Ranji Trophy for Bengal for “personal reasons”. In Ishant’s context, there have been indications that he did not play for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy as he did not do well as a test fast bowler. On the other hand, Hardik Pandya, the newly appointed captain of the Gujarat Titans, can bounce back from injury through a game of white ball. His older brother Kunal is in the Baroda team for the Ranji Trophy.

Now that the Ranji Trophy is scheduled to start on February 17, several players who were part of the test squad in South Africa have the opportunity to prove they are better at red ball cricket ahead of the Sri Lanka series at home.

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Senior batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane will play for their respective Saurashtra and Mumbai teams. By the way, both Saurashtra and Mumbai are in Elite Group D along with Goa and Odisha and will play all the matches in Ahmedabad.

Playing in the Ranji Trophy will give Pujara and Rahane a chance to score some valuable runs after being out of shape for a long time. Since cricket resumed after the covid-19-imposed hiatus, Rahane has scored just one century, while Pujara’s last century came against Australia at Sydney 2019.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly told Sportstar: “Yes, he is a very good player. Hopefully he will come back to the Ranji Trophy and score a lot of runs, which I am sure he will. The Ranji Trophy is a great tournament and we all have played this tournament. So they will also go back there and perform.”

Apart from Rahane and Pujara, Navdeep Saini (Delhi), Mayank Agarwal (Karnataka), Priyank Panchal (Gujarat), Hanuma Vihari (Hyderabad), Jayant Yadav (Haryana) and Umesh Yadav (Vidarbha) are also expected to play at their respective homes. . teams, have hope.

Meanwhile, some members of the U-19 World Cup winning squad, including captain Yash Dhul, have been included in the Ranji Trophy squad for their respective teams. Dhul will join Delhi for their matches, while left-arm pacemaker Ravi Kumar will play for Bengal. Paes all-rounder Raj Bawa and starter Harnoor Singh are in the Chandigarh squad, while Anishwar Gautam will also represent the Karnataka side.

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