After some scintillating performances in the recently concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy, Indian domestic players gear up to showcase their talent in the Deodhar Trophy starting on October 31 with the first match to be played between India A and India B at Ranchi. The tournament will conclude with the final match on November 4. India C is another team which will feature in this tournament with each team set to take on one another once. The best two teams will lock horns in the final at the JSCA International Stadium Complex Stadium in Ranchi, which will also be the venue for all the matches.
Hanuma Vihari, Parthiv Patel and Shubman Gill will lead India A, India B and India C respectively. Vihari’s India A consists of Indian international Ravichandran Ashwin, latest Test debutant Shahbaz Nadeem and upcoming stars like Ishan Kishan, Vishnu Vinod and Amandeep Khare. Patel’s India B also boasts of strong players like Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Baba Aparajith and Priyank Panchal. Gill’s India C, on the other hand, has experienced campaigners like Dinesh Karthik, Suryakumar Yadav and Axar Patel.
The winners of the Vijay Hazare Trophy used to play this tournament too but the format was changed last year with these three teams participating. The squads were announced by the national selection committee after India’s T20I and Test squad for the home series against Bangladesh was announced.
India A: Hanuma Vihari (c), Devdutt Padikkal, A R Easwaran, Vishnu Vinod, Amandeep Khare, Abhishek Raman, Ishan Kishan (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Ravi Bishnoi, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jaydev Unadkat, Sandeep Warrier, Siddarth Kaul, Bhargav Merai
India B: Parthiv Patel (c&wk), Priyank Panchal, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Baba Aparajith, Kedar Jadhav, Ruturaj Gaekwad, Shahbaz Nadeem, Anukul Roy, K Gowtham, Vijay Shankar, Mohammed Siraj, Rush Kalaria, Yarra Prithviraj, Nitish Rana
India C: Shubman Gill (c), Mayank Agarwal, Anmolpreet Singh, Suryakumar Yadav, Priyam Garg, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Axar Patel, Mayank Markande, Jalaj Saxena, Avesh Khan, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ishan Porel, D G Pathania, Virat Singh
Written by: Prasenjit Dey