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Local trio in willow test

Jharkhand’s early exit from the Vijay Hazare trophy notwithstanding, three cricketers from the state have got an opportunity to prove their mettle by representing East zone in the upcoming Deodhar trophy at Guwahati.

Saurabh Tiwary, Shahbaz Nadeem and Ishank Jaggi are hoping to make amends this time.

“I want to come up with a stellar performance in Guwahati. Deodhar Trophy is an important one-day tournament and I want to score runs in the run-up to IPL VI,” said Tiwary, who has been retained by Royal Challengers.

Nadeem, too, is optimistic about the Guwahati fixtures. The left-arm spinner claimed 42 wickets in the Ranji Trophy last season and played a key role in helping Jharkhand move to the quarter-finals. He will be representing Delhi Daredevils in the IPL yet again.

Jaggi has been one of the mainstays of Jharkhand’s batting order. Though he began Vijay Hazare trophy with a match-winning 80 against Tripura, his performance declined in the later stages of the tournament.

He is hopeful of a good show in the upcoming matches. “I am batting well and will try to keep up the good form in Guwahati,” said the 24-year old.

Jaggi will also be leading the Jharkhand side in the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali zonal T-20 tournament, commencing from March 18 at Agartala.

The former Deccan Chargers player, who is yet to find a buyer in IPL VI, seems confident and wants his willow to do the talking as he leads his state.