Monday, January 18, 2016

Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy 15-16: Jharkhand Super League Review

After a good run in the league stages, the Jharkhand journey came to a halt in the Super League stage with the team losing all the 3 games easily. In all 3 games, Jharkhand batted first. The batsmen weren’t able to compile a big score. And the bowlers weren’t able to defend them. 

Match Summaries 
Game 1: Jharkhand [133/7(20)] lost to Uttar Pradesh [134/1(16.5)] by 9 wickets 
Team Changes: In – Virat Singh, Rahul Singh; Out – Ankit Dabas, Sonu Singh 
Key Performances: Rathour (40), Tiwary (38) 

Game 2: Jharkhand [134/7(20)] lost to Delhi [138/5(18)] by 5 wickets 
Team Changes: In – Varun Aaron ; Out – Prakash Seet 
Key Performances: Virat Singh (45), Jaggi (42), Aaron (3/27) 

Game 3: Jharkand [146/2(20)] lost to Gujarat [146/4 (14.1)] by 6 wickets 
Team Changes: In – Anand Singh, Sonu Singh; Out – Shasheem Rathour, Varun Aaron 
Key Performances: Jaggi (39), Kaushal Singh (2/21) 

Season Stats: 
Top Scorers: Virat Singh (251 @31); Ishank Jaggi (247 @49); Saurabh Tiwary (243 @61) 
Most Wickets: Shahbaz Nadeem (10 @23); Vikash Singh (9 @22); Prakash Seet (8 @22) 
Player Count: 16 

The Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy was also a good audition ground for the IPL Auctions. However there weren’t too many stand-out individual performances from the Jharkhand squad. It is likely to be a similar representation this year with the likes of Aaron, Tiwary and Nadeem featuring in the various squads. There is a fair chance for the likes of Shukla, Jaggi, Virat Singh and Rathour as well. Lets see what the auctions have in store. 

Coming Up Next: Ranji Trophy Quarter-Finals against 40 times champions Mumbai in February. 

But before that we have the Deodhar Trophy where Nadeem and Aaron will be representing India A.

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