Thursday, January 25, 2018

Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy 2018: Super League Jharkhand Review

Jharkhand had a poor run in the Super League winning one and losing three of their four games to finish bottom of the table. They did come close against Rajasthan but were absolutely flattened against Karnataka.

Absentees: Dhoni (MIA) Ishank Jaggi (injury)

Game 1: Mumbai 170/5 (20) beat Jharkhand 157/7 (20) by 13 runs
Key Performers: Virat Singh 81 (49), Saurabh Tiwary 32(22), Nadeem 1/23

Game 2: Jharkhand 157/5 (20) lost to Rajasthan 158/6 (19.1) by 4 wickets
Key Performers: Nadeem 27 (22) & 1/18, Ishan Kishan 39(36), Virat Singh 43 (28), Aaron 2/24
  • Nadeem batting 1 down was a surprise!
Game 3: Punjab 149/7 (20) lost to Jharkhand 150/6 (19.3) by 4 wickets
Key Performers: Kaushal Singh 3/26 & 29(31), Varun Aaron 2/20, Ishan Kishan 54 (29)

Got to see the Jharkhand team in action on live TV after a long time. Only watched the second half of the game though! Key takeaways:
  • Ishan Kishan needs a little more consistency for a call-up to the national squad – given that his direct competitors are Rishabh Pant & Sanju Samson!
  • Manpreet Gony hurling abuses at little Ishan Kishan after being hit all over the park! While Harbhajan Singh gives a pat on the back after having bowled him. Good example of what is “spirit of cricket” and what is not?
  • Kaushal Singh looks a wannabe Saurabh Tiwary, who used to be a wannabe MS Dhoni!
  • Punjab’s fielding left a lot to be desired.
  • And Nadeem seems to be specializing as a pinch-hitter now!
Game 4: Karnataka 201/4 (20) beat Jharkhand 78 (14.2) by 123 runs
Key performers: Vikash Singh 25 (16) coming in at No.10! 7 Varun Aaron scoring 3 off 30 balls.
Special Mention: Karun Nair got a 100 for the opposing side!

Season Stats
  • Top Scorer: Ishan Kishan 273 runs
  • Most Wickets: Monu Kumar 12
  • Player Count: 15
So the auditions for the coming IPL Auctions are done. Let’s see which of the Jharkhand Auction XI has caught the eye of the scouts!

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