MP likely to provide stiff challenge for Karnataka
Indore: It took Madhya Pradesh nearly five years to get back their Elite Status after being relegated during the 2004-05 season and they would like to make it count when they meet Karnataka in a Ranji Trophy quarterfinal which starts here tomorrow at the Holkar Stadium.
MP who have over the years been dubbed as chokers having lost quite a number of times at the Plate semi-final stage will be eager to prove that they can prove to be a handful opposition even though they haven’t played at the Elie level.
Karnataka have some match-winners in Manish Pandey, Robin Uthappa who have the ability to turn a game on its head with
their willow. Also in good form are wicketkeeper CM Gautham, middle-order batsman Amit Verma and all-rounder Stuart Binny.
Even in the bowling department they have skipper R Vinay Kumar who has been the spearhead of their pace attack for a number of years.
With talented Abhimanyu Mithun and dependable Sreenath Aravind for company, the trio have the ability to run through a batting side if the conditions are slightly favourable for them.
The hosts though don’t have a big name save hard-hitting wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha. Ojha, who till recently was in national selectors’ radar has fallen out of favour and would be rather keen to prove a point. Ojha is one player who can destroy any domestic opposition on a given day. However it is his inconsistency which has proved to be his undoing.
But MP still have a decent batting line-up with the likes of skipper Devendra Bundela, Deccan Chargers player Mohnish Mishra --- both of whom have scored more 500 plus runs this season.
The bowling depends largely on seamers TP Sudheendra, Anand Rajan who have had a good run in the Plate division.
Download the all new Zee News app for Android and iOS to stay up to date with latest headlines and news stories in Politics, Entertainment, Sports, Technology, Business and much more from India and around the world.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- DNA: Exiled Kashmiri Pandits share their heart wrenching stories
- DNA: 7th anniversary of 26/11 attacks, Nation pays homage to martyrs
- Jabalpur woman commits suicide over Aamir Khan's 'intolerance row'
- Panel discussion on Rajnath Singh's remarks on secularism in Parliament
- Minor girl allegedly gang-raped in Mumbai