An upbeat Bengal side led by their gutsy captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla will start as favourites in the Ranji Trophy opener against Baroda, who would be without the services of their batting mainstay Ambati Rayudu, out with a hip injury.
Cheteshwar Pujara would like to continue his good form during a short English county stint as he leads a formidable West Zone side against a gutsy East Zone in the quarter-final of the Duleep Trophy, which incidentally, will be India's domestic season-opener.
Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey smashed attacking half centuries to keep IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders winning run intact with a convincing 36-run victory over Dolphins in an inconsequential Group A match of the Oppo Champions League Twenty20, here on Monday.
Beleaguered Dolphins will play for pride when they take on a mighty Kolkata Knight Riders in the Oppo Champions League Twenty20 tournament at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket stadium here on Monday.
Making his presence felt with a three-wicket haul in Kolkata Knight Riders' victory against Perth Scorchers, young left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav is not only enjoying being part of a star-studded unit but said that the Gautam Gambhir-led side is like family.
Confident of a good showing in the Champions League Twenty20 and the domestic season ahead, all-rounder Yusuf Pathan has said there is enough time before the 2015 World Cup for him to prove his mettle and make a comeback into the Indian team.
In their quest to be battle-ready for the upcoming Champions League Twenty20, Kolkata Knight Riders sent four of their players -- Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla, Manvinder Bisla and Kuldeep Yadav -- to Bloemfontein in South Africa for 15 days of training that included cycling, running and mountaineering.
Back in the spotlight after his awe-inspiring knock against Sunrisers Hyderabad, swashbuckling KKR batsman Yusuf Pathan attributed his success to team`s bowling coach Wasim Akram who has helped him understand the psyche of opposition bowlers.
A phenomenal knock from Yusuf Pathan, who blasted his way to a 22-ball 72, catapulted Kolkata Knight Riders to the second-place in the point table as the hosts hammered Sunrisers Hyderabad by four wickets in their final IPL match, here on Saturday.
Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody Saturday blamed his fielders for their loss to Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens here and attributed inconsistencies behind his team`s failure to secure a berth into the playoffs of the Indian Premier League.
Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Yusuf Pathan has hit the fastest ever Indian Premier League ( IPL) half-century to lead his side to a four-wicket win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday.