Tamil Nadu wary of industrious Rajasthan

Tamil Nadu captain Lakshmipathi Balaji said he is confident of his team going for an outright win, but are not going to take Rajasthan lightly Getty Images

Chennai: Jan 18, 2012

With Tamil Nadu aiming to win the Ranji title for the third time, their captain Lakshmipathi Balaji said that his team can take 20 wickets for an outright win over defending champions Rajasthan when they meet in the five-day final match on Thursday.

“It is good 50-50 wicket and help both batsmen and bowlers. I expect the match to be a good and challenging contest. Since our bowlers have performed well to share the wickets in all matches during this season, it is within our reach to take 20 wickets in the match,” Balaji said.

Stating that Rajasthan have worked very hard to come this far, Balaji said, “We cannot take them lightly. My team is a mixture of youth and experience and they will combine well.”

Balaji said that there were times in the past that Tamil Nadu was dependent on individual players but it is not the case now.

Rajasthan skipper Hrishikesh Kanitkar also said that the Chepuak pitch seems a good one.

“The wicket seems to be good and as the match progresses the spinners will also have a say in the match. Tamil Nadu is a formidable team and in our meeting last time, they played better than us even though we posted 500 plus runs on board but now they are also having the home advantage,” he said.

Talking about medium pacer Rituraj Singh and top order batsman Robin Bisht, Kanitkar said, “Youngsters in my team have come up very well. Rituraj has been phenomenal this season. He has got the ability to move the ball both ways with pace. Robin Bist has been the top run getter.

“However, we are not looking at individual performance, we will continue to remain working as a team,” said Kanitkar.(PTI)