While Bengal and Mumbai are on the mat against Gujarat and Karnataka in their respective quarter-final clashes, Madhya Pradesh are 90 for 3 against Delhi at the time of publishing this news. On the other hand, Kerala s maiden quarter-final match, versus Vidarbha, has been delayed. The match is played at Surat, and rain has proven to be a damper. There have been a few inspections, but no improvement in outfield conditions has led to a considerable delay.


It took Kerala 40 years to reach their first-ever knockouts ever since the tier system was scrapped. They owe a large part of their success to coach Dav Whatmore, Jalaj Saxena s all-round efforts and Sanju Samson s 175 versus Saurashtra. They were in a tough group (B) alongside Gujarat and Saurashtra and made their way eliminating Jharkhand and Haryana.


Skipper Faiz Fazal and Wasim Jaffer (yes, he is still around) have ensured regular flow of runs at the top. Ganesh Satish and Sanjay Ramaswamy have often stood up in crisis. Their spin trio Akshay Wakhare, Aditya Sarwate and Akshay Karnewar have shared 61 wickets between them.

Fazal thanked coach Chandrakant Pandit for their upward spiral ahead of the Kerala encounter: He read the pitch right in just about every game. Pitch-reading is not easy and many people get it wrong, but he s very good and taught me a lot about how to read pitches. He s a very intelligent coach and is completely involved when it comes to planning.