Not less than 48 hours after returning from the gruelling tour to Australia, wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha slammed an unbeaten century to script Bengal's stunning comeback against Jammu and Kashmir on the opening day of a Group A Ranji Trophy cricket match here today.
Boosted by Sourav Ganguly's pep talk and the return of Wriddhiman Saha, Bengal will look to bounce back by logging six points against a struggling Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in their Ranji Trophy cricket Group A match here on Tuesday.
Youngster Abhimanyu Easwaran showed the way with a majestic 150 against Tamil Nadu to take bottom-placed Bengal in sight of their first outright win this season in the Ranji Trophy group A cricket fixture here today.
After their disastrous show in two consecutive home matches, bottom placed Bengal will have their best chance to turn it around when they face an equally struggling Tamil Nadu in their Ranji Trophy cricket group A fixture here on Monday.
There was yet another scary on-field incident during a Ranji Trophy cricket match which saw Railways fielder Rohan Bhosale being hospitalised after a full-blooded shot by a Tamil Nadu batsman hit on the back of his neck during the third day's play.
Bengal's premier batsman Manoj Tiwary, who is one of India's 30 probables for the World Cup, had a close shave after being hit by an Abhimanyu Mithun rising delivery on the final day of his team's Ranji Trophy cricket match against Karnataka at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.
In their bid to defend the World Cup title in 2015, Sandeep Patil-led Indian selectors infused young blood and ignored Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. Inclusion of unheralded players like Axar Patel, Kedar Jadhav, Manoj Tiwary, Sanju Samson, Karn Sharma, etc in the 30-man short-list certainly reflects a new intent.
Manoj Tiwary is back in national contention with some impressive knocks in domestic cricket and the Bengal batsman attributes his recent form to a "change in technique" along with a "sea change in attitude".
East Zone put up a sterling all-round display to defeat holders West Zone by 24 runs in a keenly contested day/night final of the Deodhar Trophy, regaining the limited-over inter zonal title after a gap of ten seasons.
Defending champions and hosts West Zone will have a clear edge over strong challengers, East Zone when the two teams meet in the day/night final of the Deodhar Trophy inter-zonal limited over competition at the Wankhede Stadium here on Wednesday.
Skipper Manoj Tiwary continued his blazing form in domestic competitions with a magnificent 151 that powered East Zone to a comfortable 52-run win over North in the Deodhar Trophy semi-final, here on Sunday.
Manoj Tiwary's belligerent 101-ball 130 followed by seamer Veer Pratap Singh's six-wicket haul enabled Bengal to beat a spirited Vidarbha by 17 runs and enter the semi-finals of the National One Day Championship for the Vijay Hazare Trophy, here on Thursday.