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Old 25th October 2007, 13:20   #1
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Indian Domestic Cricket

The annual Challenger Trophy began today, in which the country's best players are split into three teams and play each other in a 50-over competition. Most of the current international players have been rested this year, though, due to a hectic international schedule.

India Blue, captained by Virender Sehwag, are playing India Red, led by Mohammad Kaif today, with India Blue currently 219/7 off 44.5 overs. Notably, Sehwag and Test opener Dinesh Karthik both failed. Karthik's form has completely fallen away since his success in the recent Test series in England. Suresh Raina, dropped from the team in January, has top scored with 92.
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Old 6th November 2007, 12:10   #2
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Rahul Dravid has responded emphatically to getting dropped from the Indian team with a double hundred against Mumbai. Double centuries for young batsmen Manoj Tiwary and Suresh Raina in the current round of games, too. Some runs for the unlucky Subramaniam Badrinath as well, who really ought to be given at least a chance in the Indian middle-order by this stage in his career.
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Old 6th November 2007, 12:13   #3
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I'm hoping there is some sort of game in Goa when I'm out there
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Another hundred for Dravid in the second round of Ranji Trophy games today, albeit against the weaker Himachal Pradesh attack.
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Another hundred for Dravid in the second round of Ranji Trophy games today, albeit against the weaker Himachal Pradesh attack.
Enlighten me on this CG, what is the standard like of the domestic scene in terms of pace attacks. Although India seemingly have a better pace attack than they have had for a long time, is it still weak domestically. From what I have heard its none too clever and will it prepared Rahul for the test series well?
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Old 15th November 2007, 18:15   #6
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I think you're right about the standard, CM. These innings will just have given Dravid some extended time in the middle, which he had been lacking over the last few weeks. Obviously, Shoaib et al. are in a different class altogether.
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Old 16th November 2007, 10:34   #7
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Yet another big hundred for Parthiv Patel. This might just be a run of good form, but if he can keep this sort of scoring up for a couple of seasons, he ought to come into contention for a place as a batsman in the national side. Even when he was struggling with his keeping when he came into the side, he was still making useful Test runs against good attacks, which suggests he has the right mentality for top level cricket. So if he can keep consistently getting these FC runs, I don't see why he can't make a comeback as a batsman.
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Yet another big hundred for Parthiv Patel. This might just be a run of good form, but if he can keep this sort of scoring up for a couple of seasons, he ought to come into contention for a place as a batsman in the national side. Even when he was struggling with his keeping when he came into the side, he was still making useful Test runs against good attacks, which suggests he has the right mentality for top level cricket. So if he can keep consistently getting these FC runs, I don't see why he can't make a comeback as a batsman.
How is his keeping these days?

In general picking keepers as specialist batsmen is a bit dodgy because they don't seem to bat as freely when deprived of their other discipline. Mind you, there are some honourable exceptions, such as Sangakkara and Flower. Perhaps they weren't specialist keepers in quite the same way though.
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His keeping has improved, but still isn't great, from what I hear.

There certainly will be some concerns about playing him just as a batsman. I don't see him being a great fielder given his keeping either. For now, we'll just have to see if he can sustain this form for a while longer, or whether he fizzles out. If he does keep scoring as heavily he has been recently, the other concerns may be overlooked, as his one advantage is that he has shown he can bat at Test level previously (not to the standard of a specialist batsman, of course, but very well given his age and experience at the time).
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Based on conversations with a few fellow cricket247ers I decided to start an Indian Domestic thread though found this one under a few layers of dust.

Good to see Parthiv's horrible keeping is still relevant 10 years later.
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Based on conversations with a few fellow cricket247ers I decided to start an Indian Domestic thread though found this one under a few layers of dust.

Good to see Parthiv's horrible keeping is still relevant 10 years later.
Patel averages 1.5 tests per year since making his debut in 2002. Must be one of the lowest ratios of any player to play more than 20 tests.

What should we be watching out for in Indian domestic cricket between now and the IPL?
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What should we be watching out for in Indian domestic cricket between now and the IPL?
"Watching out" seems to be a rather strong term. I don't think even the BCCI 'watches out' for anything outside of IPL in the domestic setup based on the selections the last few years.

Either way, the non-IPL T20 tournament is going on at the moment- The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy which appears to be strategically placed right before the IPL auctions.
The first Zonal round is already over weeding out the perceived weaker teams. The remaining teams should start playing each other from the 21st- dunno how many will be televised-the only thing noteworthy in the initial round was probably Rishabh Pant's 32-ball century.
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Just to update, Delhi beat Rajasthan in the finals of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in a rather one sided affair.
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To update India's domestic season, the Irani Cup is currently ongoing on what appears to be a peach of a batting paradise.

Probably the most noteworthy thing that has happened is Mayank Agarwal's season where he has actually scored above 2000 runs across formats which is stupid. And that included an insane November where he scored more than 1000 runs in a month.
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