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Tiwary leads home squad

- Elite tourney in capital

Defending champion Jamshedpur will be looking to maintain its grip over HP Bodhanwala senior inter-district (Elite) cricket tournament, which is scheduled in Ranchi from Wednesday to February 13.

The steel city side won the earlier two editions of the tournament, organised by Jharkhand State Cricket Association, and the squad chosen for this year’s tie will not leave any stone unturned to score a hat-trick.

Dashing southpaw Saurabh Tiwary has been named skipper of the 15-member Jamshedpur squad, which left for Ranchi on Tuesday morning.

Other members in the outfit include Rameez Nemat, Vishal Singh, Ishank Jaggi, Virat Singh, Rohit Raja Jha, Rahul Shukla, Jaskaran Singh, A. Pawan Kumar, Mithun Mukherjee, Samar Quadri, Dominic Rex, Debabrata Das, Ashish Yadav and Ajit Dwivedi.

Former Ranji player Deepak Kumar is accompanying the team as coach.

JSCA has picked a crack unit with sufficient experience to excel in Ranchi. Some players in the team have donned Jharkhand jerseys in the 2013-14 season. They are in good form and would like to perform to expectations.

“We have a balanced side and would try our best to perform well in Ranchi,” said Tiwary, who scored over 800 runs in Ranji Trophy last season.Both he and medium-pacer Shukla are fresh from the D.Y. Patil tournament held recently in Mumbai.

The Inter-district event is considered a platform for selection of players in the senior tournaments, including Ranji.

So, aspiring players try to put their best foot forward to draw attention of selectors.

Vishal, a former Under-19 skipper, will try to break out of his poor form in the C.K. Nayudu (Under-25) Trophy last season.

Debabrata, who put up high scores in the local league conducted by Jharkhand State Cricket Association, will be looking to perform at the Ranchi tie. Overlooked by Ranji selectors for some years, the young right-handed opener would be looking for a good show. Virat, who was named one of the probables for the Under-19 World Cup, is also in fine touch. The left-hander captained the state colt side in the last season and is being groomed for the senior outfit.


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