[caption id="attachment_648914" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-648914" alt="Murali Vijay scored a lowly AFP" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/vijay.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Murali Vijay scored a lowly 4 in his first game after injury layoff AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/ranji-trophy-2017-18">Ranji Trophy 2017-18</a> gave a perfect platform to out-of-favour <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india">India </a>players to prove their mantle yet again. Many players such as Murali Vijay, Ravichandran Ashwin, Suresh Raina, Ishant Sharma were under the scanner for a variety of reasons. Ranji Trophy is also a medium for selectors to unearth players capable of representing the Indian side. Day One of the 84th season of India's premier domestic trophy had quite a dull day, as most of the star cricketers failed to impress one and all. <p></p> <p></p><b>Murali Vijay</b> was a flop in his comeback innings for Tamil Nadu, scoring a mere 4 runs. <p></p> <p></p><b>Ravichandran Ashwin</b>, too, could not shine. Fresh from playing County cricket, Ashwin was bowled for 9. <p></p> <p></p>India s Mr Dependable, <b>Chesteshwar Pujara,</b> had a decent outing in the middle against Haryana. Known as a Ranji mammoth, Pujara fell for a sturdy 35. <p></p> <p></p>Pujara s new Saurashtra teammate, <b>Robin Uthappa</b> had a forgettable outing for his new side. He fell for run-a-ball 7. <p></p> <p></p><b>Ravindra Jadeja</b> did not play. <p></p> <p></p>Newly appointed Delhi Ranji captain, <b>Ishant Sharma,</b> led from the front. Unlike his time in Indian Premier League (IPL), Sharma managed to provide his side crucial inroads picking couple of wickets. <p></p> <p></p><b>Suresh Raina,</b> in his only over for Uttar Pradesh against Railways on Day 1, picked up a wicket of Shivakant Shukla. <p></p> <p></p><strong>Prashant Chopra</strong> was undoubtedly the star of the day. He slammed his second First-Class double-century in 215 balls. He went on to surpass his highest First-Class score of 237 runs as well. <p></p> <p></p><b>Devendra Bundela</b> continued to milk runs season after season. Once again the seasoned campaigner used his cricketing acumen and skills to lure Madhya Pradesh from a tough situation against Baroda. He scored his 52nd First-Class half-century. <p></p> <p></p>Bengal skipper <b>Manoj Tiwary</b> scored a gritty 69 to lift his side to a position of strength. Tiwary stitched a healthy stand with Sudip Chatterjee. <p></p> <p></p>After the fall of Tiwary, <strong>Wriddhiman Saha</strong> held forth. He, along with Sudip Chatterjee, thwarted the Services bowlers to put Bengal ahead on Day 1. Saha remained unbeaten on 32 at end of play.