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State falters in twin tourneys

Jharkhand’s cricket team has failed to qualify for the knock-out round of Under-25 Col CK Nayudu Trophy, while the Shahbaz Nadeem-led Ranji side is yet to shine in the ongoing season.

The Under-25 team lost outright to Tripura and Himachal Pradesh while the ties against Chhattisgarh, Goa and Kerala ended in a stalemate. The Keshav Kumar-headed team managed seven points from five outings and finished ahead of Chhattisgarh in group table.

However, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala scored 29 and 21 points, respectively, and qualified for the knock-out stage.

On the other hand, the Ranji team is languishing at the bottom of the table with three points in five matches. Jharkhand scored one point in the washed-out tie against Delhi, and lost outright to Haryana and Odisha. Matches against Gujarat and Karnataka ended in a draw.

“It’s surprising that Jharkhand, which reached quarter-finals last season, is at the bottom of the table. I am not very optimistic about our chances in the matches against Mumbai, Vidharba and Punjab,” a Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) member said.

JSCA secretary and convener of senior selection panel Rajesh Verma said batsmen had failed but the bowlers had done a good job. “But we are hopeful of better shows in the upcoming matches,” he added.

Jharkhand takes on Mumbai on Friday.

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