Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Ranji Trophy 2021-22: Pre-Quarter Final - Jharkhand vs Nagaland

Jharkhand 880/10 & 417/6d drew with Nagaland 289/10

What a weird match. Played on a non-responsive pitch showing the gulf between the Elite and Plate groups. Jharkhand could be accused of not showing “intent” to win, but what would they even gain had they tried winning. Better to just bat on rather than field in these hot conditions! And they did take 100 overs to get Nagaland out in the first innings.

This was also a game for the record keepers and statisticians. And it also got the social media attention helped by the fact that it was the only Ranji game on.

Small mercy for Nagaland – everyone agreed to a Draw much before the scheduled close, otherwise they had a small matter of 1,009 runs to chase in the final innings.

And spare a thought for the Jharkhand top order who did not really join this run-feast like their middle and lower order did! And credit to Saurabh Tiwary and Virat Singh for not batting in the second innings! Meanwhile wondering how Sushant Mishra would feel for getting a pair in this match

  • 880 – 4th highest Ranji Trophy score ever and the highest in this millennium
  • 1297 – Jharkhand’s combined tally – 3rd highest match tally. I guess the team minght not have been aware of this record when they called in the second innings.
  • Kumar Kushagra – 254 & 89 – Maiden first-class century. Scoring big runs in the true tradition of a Jharkhand wicket-keeper (Dhoni, Ishan Kishan, Indrani Roy)
  • Virat Singh – 5th First-class century
  • Anukul Roy – 2nd first-class century & personal best of 153
  • Shahbaz Nadeem – 2nd first-class century & personal best of 177
  • Rahul Shukla – 85* coming in at No. 11. He certainly missed out on century
Season Stats
Highest Scorers
  1. Kumar Kushagra 437 @ 72.83, 1x200, 1x50
  2. Anukul Roy 283 @ 35.38, 1x100, 1x50
  3. Virat Singh 278 @ 39.71, 2x100
Highest Wicket-takers
  1. Shahbaz Nadeem 18 @ 21.67, 2x5, 1x10
  2. Sushant Mishra 13 @ 23.62, 1x5
  3. Anukul Roy 10 @ 23.50
Best Batting: Kumar Kushagra 254 vs Nagaland
Best Bowling: Sushant Mishra 5/27 vs Chhattisgarh
Player Count: 15
Captain Count: 2
First-Class Debut: 3

Coming Up Next: Quarter-Finals which will be held post IPL

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