Karnataka are the defending Vijay Hazare Trophy champions © IANS
Karnataka are the defending Vijay Hazare Trophy champions © IANS

The Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16 tournament is a special one this time around as many Indian cricketers, including MS Dhoni, will be taking part in the tournament. India‘s limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is playing his first domestic game for Jharkhand in eight long years when they meet Jammu and Kashmir in a group B game of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. The 34-year-old last played for Jharkhand in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match, way back in 2007. This was after the Indian team under Rahul Dravid had an inglorious exit from the ICC Cricket World Cup losing to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. However, Dhoni will play under India fast bower Varun Aaron’s leadership, which will also prepare the team for India’s T20 and ODI captain as the team prepares for a long season ahead, PTI reported. MS Dhoni disappoints with 24-ball 9 for Jharkhand in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16 opener

However, his comeback to domestic cricket wasn’t quite a fruitful one as he was dismissed for 9 runs in the Jharkhand vs Jammu and Kashmir match in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16. Dhoni’s decision of playing Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16 earned him many applauds and has made news all around.

Dhoni’s last competitive match was fifth ODI international against South Africa in Mumbai. He is playing Vijay Hazare Trophy to gear up for the hard and testing season ahead which includes a limited-overs tour to Australia, T20 series against Sri Lanka, Asia Cup T20 followed by ICC World T20. One can’t also rule out a short series against Pakistan. Virat Kohli to skip Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16, 1st match vs Baroda

Group A

Team M W L T N/R Pts NRR
Punjab 5 4 1 0 0 16 0.385
Mumbai 4 3 1 0 0 12 1.154
Tamil Nadu 4 3 1 0 0 12 0.5
Rajasthan 4 2 2 0 0 8 0.086
Services 4 2 2 0 0 8 -0.471
Hyderabad (India) 4 1 3 0 0 4 -0.462
Assam 5 0 5 0 0 0 -0.866

Group B

Team M W L T N/R Pts NRR
Jharkhand 6 5 1 0 0 20 0.86
Gujarat 5 4 1 0 0 16 0.339
Karnataka 5 3 2 0 0 12 0.826
Haryana 5 2 3 0 0 8 0.093
Kerala 5 2 3 0 0 8 -0.284
Railways 5 2 3 0 0 8 -0.533

Group C

Team M W L T N/R Pts NRR
Vidarbha 5 4 1 0 0 16 1.426
Baroda 6 4 2 0 0 16 1.114
Delhi 5 4 1 0 0 16 0.727
Maharashtra 5 3 2 0 0 12 0.592
Andhra 5 2 3 0 0 8 -0.692
Odisha 5 1 4 0 0 4 -0.67
Tripura 5 0 5 0 0 0 -3.228

Group D

Team M W L T N/R Pts NRR
Uttar Pradesh 5 4 1 0 0 16 0.335
Himachal Pradesh 4 3 1 0 0 12 1.133
Madhya Pradesh 4 3 1 0 0 12 0.601
Saurashtra 4 2 2 0 0 8 0.353
Bengal 4 1 3 0 0 4 -0.4
Goa 5 0 5 0 0 0 -1.857

The tournament will also be a stern yet learning test for the boys from Jammu and Kashmir as they get a chance to bowl to one of the finest players of limited overs cricket. MS Dhoni back in domestic cricket after 8 years; Will play for Jharkhand in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-196