Irani Cup: Vidarbha eye encore, Rahane gears up for big one, Umesh misses

first_img Press Trust of India NagpurFebruary 11, 2019UPDATED: February 11, 2019 20:07 IST Ajinkya Rahane will be hoping to make a mark in the Irani Cup final from Tuesday in Nagpur (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRanji Trophy champions Vidarbha take on the Rest of India at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur from TuesdayRanji Trophy champions Vidarbha will be without Umesh Yadav for the Iran Cup tieVidarbha are looking to complete a Ranji Trophy-Irani Cup double for the 2nd timeRest of India captain Ajinkya Rahane will be hoping to keep himself in the mix for World Cup selection as he leads a formidable Rest of India against Ranji Trophy champions Vidarbha in the Irani Cup starting Tuesday.For Vidarbha, the aim will be to do an encore of the 2017-18 season where they won both Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup.However, it will be easier said than done against a Rest of India batting line-up that boasts of current Test vice-captain Rahane, opener Mayank Agarwal, the dashing Shreyas Iyer and the dogged Hanuma Vihari in its ranks.Rahane, who played three List A matches against England Lions with two half-centuries to his credit, is fighting for the reserve opener’s slot.For Agarwal, Iyer and Vihari, it will be good game time as they would have little motivation considering they are not in the scheme of things as far as the World Cup is concerned.While Irani Cup is a five-day game but a good knock will only help Rahane grab eyeballs as selectors zero in on the couple of slots available.Vidarbha to miss Umesh Yadav due to injuryFor Vidarbha, this Ranji season has been more of team work than individual brilliance. And their coach Chandrakant Pandit would be keen that his boys carry on this trend in the Irani Cup even though senior pacer Umesh Yadav will be missing due to a niggle.Umesh has been advised rest and is expected to be replaced by Yash Thakur.advertisementHoweve,r all the other prominent names including 41-year-old Wasim Jaffer, left-arm spinner Aditya Sarwate, wicket-keeper batsman Akshay Wadkar and seamer Rajneesh Gurbani will come out all guns blazing.They will have their task cut out against Rest line-up which is more batting heavy with another talented domestic performer Anmolpreet Singh and India A regular Ishan Kishan to complement the senior internationals.The bowling is slightly on the weaker side with Ankit Rajpoot of UP, Rajasthan’s Tanveer ul Haq and Kerala’s Sandeep Warrier being the new ball bowlers. The spin department will be led by Saurashtra’s Dharmendra Jadeja and off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham.For this hosts, apart from Jaffer, they will be banking on their skipper Faiz Fazal and opener Sanjay Ramaswamy.Sarwate, who was the player of the match in the final, is a handy all-rounder, who can contribute with both the bat and the ball. He dismissed in-form Cheteshwar Pujara, in both innings and would be aiming to dislodge Rahane, who has had more problems against slow bowlers compared to faster ones in recent years.Also Read | Ranji Trophy: Ageless Wasim Jaffer completes Perfect 10 after Vidarbha lifelineAlso Read | God bless my child Mahi, he is the true son of India: ex-VP of Dhoni’s schoolAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Vidarbha vs Rest of IndiaFollow Irani Cup 2019Follow Ajinkya Rahane Irani Cup: Vidarbha eye encore, Rahane gears up for big one, Umesh missesRanji Trophy champions, Vidarbha are eyeing a domestic double but they are up against a formidable Rest of India side led by Ajinkya Rahane.advertisementlast_img read more