Saturday, January 03, 2009

Ranji Semifinal: Mumbai Vs Saurashtra

Semi Final of current Ranji Season commences Sunday onwards between Saurashtra-Mumbai and UP- TamilNadu. Rising stars of domestic structure will be seen playing with the likes of those who have represented India at International level.

Any Domestic encounter which features Sachin gains a ‘special match’ status for organizers. And this time it is more special as this time the likes of Pujara is against him. Since the inception of this season of domestic season, Chiteshwar had been the consistent performer and had been in discussion throughout. This is going to be an eventful cricket week with domestic Ranji semi-fianls and Australia’s attempt to win something more than a test match. Can Australia manage to withstand South Africa, who are in incredible form.

Rise of Domestic Cricket; Its not just Chiteshwar Pujara or Saurashtra, which have risen to a certain level. In fact, it is the entire domestic structure of cricket in India which has got uplift. Since IPL; domestic cricketers are getting their due recognition and media coverage. Performers like Pujara do deserve such coverage, and also the responsibility to give their best on their debut for India. It could be a tough time for Saurashtra batting line up, to handle the ZAK attack. According to Gautam Gambhir’s interview in TOI, Zaheer is the best bowler in world today. Can Chiteshwar Pujara and excellent team work of Saurashtra portrayed so far in Ranji season will withstand against Sachin, Zaheer and Mumbai’s fair amount of international level experience ( Wasim Jaffer, Rohit Sharma). Can they repeat their tremendous character? Pujara will have a chance for New Zealand ticket. Definitely this semi final will be remembered as a memorable Ranji match. In fact more memorable than recent 2006-07 season Ranji Final between Mumbai and Bengal.

Definitely, this is going to be a treat to watch.

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