Robin Uthappa    IANS
Robin Uthappa IANS

The other side of India s home season is back. The 2017-18 edition of Ranji Trophy will get underway on October 6, with 24 of the 28 participating teams locking horns in the first round. Before the 84th season kicks off, let us walk through the transfers and change in captaincies.

Piyush Chawla joins defending champions

With Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav already in the side, Uttar Pradesh did not stop Chawla from shifting to Gujarat. He will now join his former Uttar Pradesh teammate and left-arm pacer RP Singh.

Saurashtra welcomes Robin Uthappa

Uthappa was a part of Vinay Kumar s triumphant Karnataka team when they attained the double-treble, lifting Ranji Trophy, Irani Cup, and the Vijay Hazare Trophy in both 2013-14 and 2014-15. In all, he has represented Karnataka for 15 seasons. After Uthappa could not strike a deal with Kerala, Saurashtra wasted no time in signing him up.

Hyderabad place Ambati Rayudu at the helm

Rayudu returns where he had started his journey. Once he left Vidarbha, he was roped in by Hyderabad, who then decided to make him the captain.

Vidarbha makes up Rayudu s loss by drafting in Karn Sharma

Karn had spun the ball for Railways for almost a decade, and now will do the same for Vidarbha. The team will also have Chandrakant Pandit, who had guided Mumbai to victory in 2015-16, as coach.

What more can Kerala want?

Kerala would expect from Dav Whatmore what he had provided Sri Lanka in the 1996 World Cup. Having never made it to the final of Ranji Trophy, Kerala will look to achieve the unprecedented under Whatmore s guidance.

Here are the squads:

Delhi: Ishant Sharma (c), Gautam Gambhir, Unmukt Chand, Kunal Chandela, Himmat Singh, Kulwant Khejroliya, Manan Sharma, Milind Kumar, Rishabh Pant, Pulkit Narang, Nitish Rana, Navdeep Saini, Dhruv Shorey, Vikas Tokas, Vikas Mishra

Tamil Nadu: Abhinav Mukund (c), Murali Vijay, Baba Indrajith, Baba Aparajith, Washington Sundar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kaushik Gandhi, V Lakshman, Ravi Kumar Rohith, R Sai Kishore, N Jagadeesan, Malolan Rangarajan, Rahil Shah, Krishnamoorthy Vignesh, Lakshminarayanan Vignesh

Uttar Pradesh: Suresh Raina (c), Akshdeep Nath, Almas Shaukat, Himanshu Asnora, Deependra Pandey, Umang Sharma, Rinku Singh, Eklavya Dwivedi, Shivam Chaudhary, Saurabh Kumar, Imtiaz Ahmed, Praveen Kumar, Mohd Israr, Ankit Rajpoot, Dhruv Pratap Singh, Zeeshan Ansari

Saurashtra: Cheteshwar Pujara (c), Avi Barot, Prerak Mankad, Kishan Parmar, Snell Patel, Robin Uthappa, Sheldon Jackson, Ravindra Jadeja, Chirag Jani, Shaurya Sanandia, Jaydev Unadkat, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Vandit Jivrajani, Kushang Patel, Hardik Rathod

Mumbai: Aditya Tare (c), Shreyas Iyer, Akhil Herwadkar, Sufiyan Shaikh, Siddhesh Lad, Jay Gokul Bista, Sairaj Patil, Eknath Kerkar, Royston Dias, Shashank Singh, Shivam Dubey, Siddharth Akre, Abhishek Nayar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shardul Thakur, Vishal Dabholkar, Aditya Dhumal, Akash Parkar, Sagar Trivedi, Harshal Soni, Tushar Deshpande, Balwinder Sandhu, Vijay Gohil, Shivam Malhotra

Assam: Gokul Sharma (c), Pritam Debnath, Pallavkumar Das, Rishav Das, Sibsankar Roy, Amit Sinha, Wasiqur Rahman, Kunal Saikia, Abu Nechim, Arup Das, Pritam Das, Krishna Das, Swarupam Purkayastha, Tarjinder Singh

Madhya Pradesh: Devendra Bundela (c), Harpreet Singh, Ankit Dane, Saransh Jain, Rajat Patidar, Shubham Sharma, Aditya Shrivastava, Anshul Tripathi, Waseem Ahmed, Ankit Sharma, Avesh Khan, Puneet Datey, Naman Ojha, Mihir Hirwani, Ishwar Pandey, Chandrakant Sakure

Baroda: Irfan Pathan (c), Kedar Devdhar, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Swapnil Singh, Aditya Waghmode, Pinal Shah, Mitesh Patel, Vishnu Solanki, Soaeb Tai, Rishi Arothe, Lukman Meriwala, Ketul Patel, Babashafi Pathan, Atit Sheth

Rajasthan: Pankaj Singh (c), Rajesh Bishnoi, Robin Bist, Dishant Yagnik, Rajesh Bishnoi Jr, Amitkumar Gautam, Tajinder Singh, Tanveer-Ul-Haq, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Aniket Choudhary, Siddharth Dobal, Arjit Gupta, Mahipal Lomror, Ashok Menaria

Haryana: Mohit Sharma (c), Nitin Saini, Guntashveer Singh, Rahul Dagar, Rahul Dewan, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Himanshu Rana, Mohit Hooda, Shubham Rohilla, Virender Dahiya, Rohit Parmod Sharma, Rajat Paliwal, Umang Chugh, Harshal Patel, Ashish Hooda, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Tewatia, Sanjay Pahal, Deepak Punia, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shivam Chauhan, Ashok Sandhu

Bengal: Manoj Tiwary (c), Abhimanyu Easwaran, Sudip Chatterjee, Koushik Ghosh, Shreevats Goswami, Mukesh Kumar, Abhishek Raman, Boddupalli Amit, Wriddhiman Saha, Writtick Chatterjee, Ashok Dinda, Sayan Ghosh, Pradipta Pramanik, Kanishk Seth, Aamir Gani, Anustup Majumdar

Andhra: Hanuma Vihari (c), Ashwin Hebbar, Ricky Bhui, Uppara Girinath, Prasanth Kumar, Yarra Prithviraj, Dwaraka Ravi Teja, Bodapati Sumanth, Venugopal Rao, Shoaib Md Khan, Bandaru Ayyappa, Bhargav Bhatt, Srikar Bharat, Pranith Manyala, Karthik Raman, KV Sasikanth, Paidikalva Vijaykumar

Hyderabad: Ambati Rayudu (c), Tanmay Agarwal, Akshath Reddy, Rohit Rayudu, Palakodeti Sairam, Kolla Sumanth, Akash Bhandari, Mohammed Siraj, Ravi Kiran, Sudeep Tyagi, Ashish Reddy, Mehdi Hasan, Chama Milind, Bavanaka Sandeep, Amol Shinde

Jharkhand: Varun Aaron (c), Saurabh Tiwary, Ishank Jaggi, Babul Kumar, Sumit Kumar, Nazim Siddiqui, Ishan Kishan, Ashish Kumar, Jaskaran Singh, Shahbaz Nadeem, Ajay Yadav, Sunny Gupta, Kaushal Singh, Samar Quadri, Virat Singh

Kerala: Sachin Baby (c), Arun Karthik, Mohammed Asif, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Ponnam Rahul, Salman Nizar, Vishnu Vinod, Sanju Samson, MD Nidheesh, Sandeep Warrier, Basil Thampi, Akshay Chandran, Karaparambil Monish, Rohan Prem, Jalaj Saxena

Punjab: Harbhajan Singh (c), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Uday Kaul, Jiwanjot Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Pargat Singh, Shubman Gill, Abhishek Gupta, Manpreet Gony, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Barinder Sran, Shubek Gill, Taruwar Kohli, Mayank Sidhana

Railways: Anureet Singh (c), Nitin Bhille, G Chiranjeevi, Mrunal Devdhar, Manish Rao, Saurabh Wakaskar, Vidhyadhar Kamat, Mahesh Rawat, Avinash Yadav, Deepak Bansal, Manjeet Singh, Amit Mishra, Shivakant Shukla, Ashish Yadav, Arindam Ghosh

Tripura: Manisankar Murasingh (c), Udiyan Bose, Joydeep Banik, Dwaipayan Bhattacharjee, Bishal Ghosh, Samrat Singha, Smit Patel, Abhijit Dey, Joydeep Bhattacharjee, Ajoy Sarkar, Rajesh Banik, Gurinder Singh, Rana Dutta, Abhijit Sarkar, Yashpal Singh

Odisha: Govinda Poddar (c), Abinash Saha, Natraj Behera, Biplab Samantray, Sandeep Pattnaik, Ranjit Singh, Subhranshu Senapati, Saurabh Rawat, Dhiraj Singh, Suryakant Pradhan, Alok Mangaraj, Basant Mohanty, Deepak Behera, Alok Chandra Sahoo

Services: Amit Pachhara, Gahlaut Rahul Singh, Ravi Chauhan, Shamsher Yadav, Vikas Yadav, Nitin Tanwar, Navneet Singh, Nakul Harpal Verma, Vikas Hathwala, Sachidanand Pandey, Rahul Chahar, Muzzaffaruddin Khalid, Diwesh Pathania, Pal Raj Bahadur

Himachal Pradesh: Rishi Dhawan (c), Ankush Bains, Priyanshu Khanduri, Ankit Kalsi, Ankit Kaushik, Nikhil Gangta, Paras Dogra, Sumeet Verma, Ankush Dhariwal, Pankaj Jaiswal, Mayank Dagar, Akash Vasisht, Akshay Chauhan, Gurvinder Singh, Prashant Chopra, Shresth Nirmohi, Vinay Galetiya

Jammu and Kashmir: Parvez Rasool (c), Puneet Bisht, Ahmed Bandy, Shubham Khajuria, Pranav Gupta, Aditya Singh, Bandeep Singh, Ram Dayal, Mehjoor Ali, Ian Dev Singh, Waseem Raza, Samiullah Beigh, Mohammed Mudhasir, Rohit Sharma, Umar Nazir Mir

Goa: Sagun Kamat (c), Suraj Dongre, Reagan Pinto, Sumiran Amonkar, Samar Shravan Dubhashi, Darshan Wagha Misal, Keenan Vaz, Amit Yadav, Swapnil Asnodkar, Saurabh Bandekar, Felix Alemao, Shadab Bashir Jakati, Gauresh Gawas, Amulaya Pandrekar, Rituraj Singh

Maharashtra: Kedar Jadhav, Rahul Tripathi, Ankit Bawne, Jagdish Zope, Rohit Motwani, Naushad Shaikh, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Chirag Khurana, Swapnil Gugale, P J Bhati, Shrikant Mundhe, Akshay Darekar, Anupam Sanklecha, Nikit Dhumal, Samad Fallah, Pradeep Dadhe

Chhattisgarh: Mohammad Kaif (c), Ashutosh Singh, Amandeep Khare, Shourabh Khairwar, Rishabh Tiwari, Sahil Gupta, Manoj Singh, Shubham Agarwal, Abhimanyu Chauhan, Jatin Saxena, Pankaj Kumar Rao, Vishal Kushwah, Sumit Ruikar, Shahnawaz Hussain, Pratik Sinha

Vidarbha, Gujarat, and Karnataka have not announced their squads yet.