Home > News >

Irani Cup 2012-13 Preview: Virender Sehwag-led Rest of India to clash against in-form Mumbai

Irani Cup 2012-13 Preview: Virender Sehwag-led Rest of India to take on in-form Mumbai

Virender Sehwag will aim to get some crucial runs ahead of the four-match Test series against Australia © PTI

Mumbai: Feb 5, 2013
 
The five-day Irani Cup match between Mumbai and the Rest of India, commencing at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday, offers a good chance for some India rejects to press for recalls and other aspirants to showcase their talent in front of the national selectors.
 
Rest of India, led by one-day discard Virender Sehwag, has a good all-round team on paper and the list includes Harbhajan Singh and S Sreesanth – eager for India call-ups after being ejected out of the team on basis of form or fitness or both.
 
The rest outfit also contains openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay either of who can open with Sehwag and push for berths in the Test team to take on Australia later this month.
 
Vijay was the third opener for the lost Test series against England without playing a game while Dhawan could force his way in with a solid display as replacement for under-performing Delhi mate Gautam Gambhir.
 
Sehwag, a certainty for the opening Test at Chennai from February 22, would also be eager to get among the runs against a good Mumbai attack spearheaded by Dhawal Kulkarni after being cold-shouldered for the one-day series against England.
 
Mumbai would be led by Abhishek Nayar, a top pick in last Sunday’s IPL auction by Pune Warriors, in the absence of the injured Ajit Agarkar.
 
There is the consistent domestic performer Wasim Jaffer also in the mix of openers though the 34-year-old campaigner last played for India in a Test at Kanpur five years ago against South Africa.
 
There are also middle order aspirants from both sides, with Mumbai opener Ajinkya Rahane too in the lot after being chosen by the selectors as a middle order batsman in the team which played against England in the four-Test rubber.
 
The others include Suresh Raina and Manoj Tiwary, from the Rest ranks, and Rohit Sharma from Mumbai.
 
Senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who figured in Mumbai’s knockout run to the Ranji crown, would get another chance to get into the groove for the Australia series after being run out cheaply in the final against Saurashtra.
 
 Two bowlers whose performance will be keenly watched are Harbhajan and Sreesanth. Both feisty cricketers would be extra keen to push their claims for an India Test slot.
 
Harbhajan has not really done anything remarkable after being picked, after a long gap, for the first two Tests against England and then discarded afterwards.
 
But his rival for the off spinner’s spot in the Indian squad, R Ashwin, seems to have lost his edge and the selectors would be keen to watch how the seasoned Harbhajan performs against the strong Mumbai batting line up.
 
Sreesanth has been out of cricket action with injuries for a long time. How he shapes up in the golden chance he has got to press for Test selection would be interesting to watch.
 
There are some other young pace hopefuls from both teams – Kulkarni from Mumbai and Shami Ahmed and Ishwar Pandey from RoI – trying to catch the selectors’ nod.
 
This would be the second Irani Cup tie to be held this season, done to accommodate the change of tournament schedule recommended by the Cricket Board’s technical committee.
 
The Sourav Ganguly-headed panel had suggested that the annual tournament be held after the conclusion of the Ranji Trophy instead of at the beginning of the season.
 
Last year’s Ranji Trophy winners Rajasthan had taken on and lost by an innings to the Rest of India at Bangalore at the beginning of the season in September, 2012.
 
Squads:

Mumbai: Ajit Agarkar, Sachin Tendulkar, Wasim Jaffer, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Dhaval Kulkarni, Kaustubh Pawar, Abhishek Nayar (c), Hiken Shah, Aditya Tare, Ankit Chavan, Javed Khan, Shardul Thakur and Vishal Dabholkar.
 
Rest of India: Virender Sehwag (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Manoj Tiwary, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha, Harbhajan Singh, S Sreesanth, Pragyan Ojha, Ishwar Pandey, Abhimanyu Mithun, Ambati Rayudu, Mohammed Shami and Jalaj Saxena.
 
Umpires: Shavir Tarapore and Subroto Das
 
Third umpire: Ravi Belur
 
Match Referee: Sunil Chaturvedi.

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 17, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 21, 2014 (08:50 IST)   at Melbourne

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 21, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Chittagong

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 22, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Dambulla

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014 (08:50 IST)   at Sydney

More

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 20, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled(Match rescheduled to 21/11/2014)

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 19, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 19, 2014  at Canberra

Australia won by 73 runs

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 16, 2014  at Ranchi

India won by 3 wkts

Photos

Australia vs South Africa, 3rd ODI at Canberra

Videos

SL vs Eng: Buttler practices wicketkeeping in nets

Live Cricket Score Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 1st ODI at Chittagong: Bangladesh 213 for 4 in 42 overs

Live Cricket Score Pakistan vs New Zealand, 2nd Test at Dubai, Day 5: Pakistan lose three wickets while chasing

Live Cricket Score Vijay Hazare Trophy 2014-15 Quarter-Final 4, Punjab vs Railways: Punjab closing in on victory

Live Cricket Score Vijay Hazare Trophy 2014-15 Quarter-Final 3 Mumbai vs Karnataka: Mayank Agarwal falls early

Live Cricket Score Australia vs South Africa 2014, 4th ODI Melbourne: Steven Smith’s half-century keeps hope alive for Australia

Australia Australia vs South Africa Australia vs South Africa 2014 BCCI India New Zealand New Zealand tour of UAE 2014 New Zealand vs Pakistan New Zealand vs Pakistan 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs New Zealand Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of Australia 2014 South Africa vs Australia South Africa vs Australia 2014

Australia vs South Africa 4th ODI: Steve Smith, Matthew Wade build partnership; score 170/5

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014, 1st ODI at Chittagong: Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim bring up 100-run stand for fifth wicket; B’desh 177/4 after 37 overs

WICB task force begins work on India tour pull-out

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014: Sarfaraz Ahmed ready to bat at any position

Australia vs South Africa 4th ODI: Fifty for Steven Smith; score 135/5

PCB’s biggest challenge is to bring back international cricket to Pakistan: Subhan Ahmad

Tim Southee’s 50 Test sixes and related records

India vs Australia 2014: India may have heavy dose of pace in store in 1st Test

Ross Taylor’s crucial knock will boost New Zealand’s sub-par subcontinent record

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014, 2nd Test at Dubai: Tim Southee finally comes good in UAE

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

681 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli vs Australian cricketers

YotaPhone price slashed by Rs 5,500, now available on Flipkart for Rs 17,999

Karan Johar clarifies why Brother’s release date is preponed!

अमेरिका इबोला-रोधी मिशन का समय बढ़ा सकता है

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014: Sarfaraz Ahmed ready to bat at any position

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Stanislas Wawrinka vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Match 1 Live Streaming: Get Live Telecast of France vs Switzerland Davis Cup Final 2014

10 BlackBerry Classic keypad shortcuts revealed in a video

आईआईटी ने स्वच्छ भारत मिशन के तरफ अपना कदम बढ़ाया

When Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonam Kapoor and Karisma Kapoor got together- View pic!

Australia vs South Africa 4th ODI: Fifty for Steven Smith; score 135/5

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here