New Indian selections for India’s T20 squad has made their presence felt in the just started Vijay Hazare trophy for 50 overs one day event . Ishant Kishan celebrated his Indian selection in grand style by scoring a destructive 173 off 94 balls for Jharkhand against Madhya Pradesh showing his hitting prowess with 19 fours & 11 sixes . Rahul Tewatia was not left far behind as he mauled the Chandigarh bowling scoring 73 off just 39 balls ( 6 sixes , 4 fours ) though his team Haryana lost the match. Surya Kumar Yadav celebrated his much awaited Indian selection by scoring a fluent 50 off 33 balls for Mumbai against Delhi.
Out of favour Prithvi Shaw , who was dropped after a poor series in Australia , showed his class with a superb 105 not out off 89 balls against Delhi in the same match in which Surya scored his 50. Shaw’s innings helped Mumbai to beat Delhi comfortably with overs to spare . Thus with his 100 Prithvi has shown signs of making a rapid comeback.
IPL reject and former Indian fast bowler K Sreesanth hit back at the critics with a timely 5 wicket haul , thereby proving that justice was not been done by removing him from the original auction list for IPL 2021. Sreesanth’s team Kerala beat Uttar Pradesh .
With lots of matches in coming weeks for this event , we can expect many such outstanding individual performances going forward .
The Vijay Hazare trophy is set up with 5 groups and one plate group. The top teams of each of 5 groups with qualify for quarter finals followed by 3 more teams having the best combine points accross the five groups. The 8th team will play the champions of plate group in the pre quarter finals knockout match.
** By Amitava Mukherjee