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BCCI taking First-Class cricket more seriously is good news for the game 

The next step is to ensure that the country’s top players participate in the Ranji and Duleep Trophies when available The next step is to ensure that the country’s top players participate in the Ranji and Duleep Trophies when available When I was growing up, there was something sacred about the National championships.My father took me to my first Ranji Trophy match, and although he is no longer with us, the memory lingers at Ranji games today. Especially of the times I held his hand as we walked into the ground. Posthumous bonding you might call it. That match was at the Central College grounds — the Karnataka Cricket Association Stadium was yet to be built — and we sat in the temporary stands. There was a lot of action off the field too, much of it enjoyable, some of it avoidable, bu...
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No Plate team in Ranji Trophy knockouts 

BCCI announces the return of Duleep Trophy and Irani Cup to domestic cricket calendar BCCI announces the return of Duleep Trophy and Irani Cup to domestic cricket calendar For the first time in 15 seasons, the Ranji Trophy will have separate Elite and Plate league final, with the Board of Control for Cricket in India announcing a full-fledged domestic season on Monday. The Ranji Trophy Elite League will see 32 teams divided into four groups of eight teams each while the Plate League will see six recently-added teams. Top two teams from each of the Elite groups will qualify for the quarterfinals. The Plate League will decide its own champion with the knockouts. The arrangement will ensure that the quality of Ranji knockouts will not be diluted, as it was for the last few season...
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Duleep Trophy back in old format, Irani Cup slotted in calendar | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Duleep Trophy, back in the calendar in its old zonal format after three years, will kick-start the Indian domestic season from September 8 with 1500 games across all age-groups over a period of six months, the BCCI said on Monday. "The prestigious Duleep Trophy will mark the start of a full-fledged season, which will also see a return of the Irani Cup,' BCCI secretary Jay Shah was quoted as saying by media release. "The Duleep Trophy (September 8-25) will be contested between six zones (North, South, Central, West, East and Northeast) on a knockout basis," Shah added. The BCCI was not following the zonal format for the last few seasons, fielding the India Red, Blue and Green teams instead. With the zonal format making a comeback, it will have one extra zone in northeast, ...
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Duleep Trophy to kick-start India’s domestic cricket season, Ranji Trophy from December 13

Duleep Trophy will mark the start of India’s domestic cricket season, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Monday. Over 1500 matches will be held during the full-fledged season that will commence in the first week of September 2022 and run until mid-March 2023. The 2022-23 season will also see a return of the Irani Cup. The Duleep Trophy will be played from September 8 to September 25, and it will be contested between six zones (North, South, Central, West, East and Northeast) on a knockout basis. It will be followed by the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and the Vijay Hazare Trophy. The two white-ball tournaments will be contested between 38 teams split into three groups of 8 teams and two groups comprising seven teams. 🚨 NEWS 🚨: BCCI announces India’s domestic seas...
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Sarfaraz Khan: ‘Play in hope of getting better each day; luck will decide when I make it to India team’

Sarfaraz Khan, 24, the leading runscorer in this year’s Ranji season, talks about his dream run with the bat, which saw him score 936 runs in six games, his relationship with his father Naushad, who is also his coach, mentor and warden, and his dream of making it to the Indian cricket team. It’s not an easy task to reach where you are at present. Can you tell us about the kind of effort that has gone into the last 10-12 years? When I was young, I never thought that I would get my fair share of chances at the Ranji trophy. We used to live in a chawl… my father managed an STD booth along with a dairy business and was also a cricket coach. Studying was never my forte as all my attention was on playing cricket. With Abbu being in the field every day, I was bound to develop an interest there...
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Still a lot of cricket left in Virat Kohli; he has to create path for that: Kapil Dev | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Since November 2019, Virat Kohli hasn't scored a century in international cricket and has been in a prolonged lean patch across all formats. With every low score coming off his bat, the debate on Kohli's poor form climbs up with the Men's T20 World Cup in Australia just three months away. Now, legendary all-rounder and 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev feels that Kohli has still got a lot of cricket left in him and pointed out that the talismanic batter has to himself create a way for getting back amongst the runs. "It's not like India haven't played without Virat in the last five to six years, but I want such a player to be back in form. Yes, he's been dropped or rested but there's still a lot of cricket left in him. And he has to create the path for that. "Maybe play...
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Ground staff, the unsung heroes off the pitch | Cricket News – Times of India

BENGALURU: At the expansive KSCA Alur stadium, 26 km from the city centre, the ground staff woke up to a heavy downpour on June 6, hours before three grounds at the facility were to host the Ranji Trophy quarterfinals. About 20 kms away from Alur, at the Just Cricket ground in Rajanukunte – the venue for the fourth quarterfinal match -- the scene was no different. At Alur, the ground covers resembled shallow pools and the gusting winds had taken out a portion of a makeshift television camera tower. Starting their day at 4 am, the ground staff worked tirelessly to ensure the matches started not long behind schedule. This wasn’t just an isolated incident; it has been the norm for 128 members of the ground staff hired by the Karnataka State Cricket Association across the state. This June, ...
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Why Chandrakant Pandit won’t be a success with international teams

Every time Chandrakant Pandit coaches a state team to the Ranji Trophy title – he’s now had four triumphs from making five finals in the last six editions – there is the predictable lament in some quarters as to why he is not already coaching India or India ‘A’. It seems a perfectly reasonable question to ask – why is someone who has led even middling sides such as Vidarbha and Madhya Pradesh to maiden trophies not handling the cream of Indian cricket’s talent? That Winning Feeling! 🙌 🙌 Madhya Pradesh Captain Aditya Shrivastava receives the coveted Ranji Trophy 🏆 from the hands of Mr Jayesh George, Honorary Joint Secretary, BCCI 👏 👏@Paytm | #RanjiTrophy | #Final | #MPvMUM Scorecard ▶️ https://t.co/xwAZ13D0nP pic.twitter.com/qDX68IF5UT — BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) June 26, 2022 A fe...
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Don’t sell cricket, teach it: Javagal Srinath | Cricket News – Times of India

Former pacer not happy with mindset of a few private academies, wants KSCA to set up four centres in BengaluruBENGALURU: In 2002, when the Karnataka State Cricket Association Academy was launched at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, it was one of the first association-run academies in the country. The emphasis was on tapping rural talent and the outreach of infrastructure and coaches. But over the years, the purpose of the Academy has been diluted and it has been non-functional since the Covid-19 pandemic. With Karnataka failing to win a title across age groups both among men and women this season, former India pacer Javagal Srinath is of the opinion that the foundation at the academy-level has to be strengthened for the progress of the sport in the state. In an exclusive interview with TOI, S...
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MP toasts its first Ranji title: ‘Moment of a lifetime’

MADHYA PRADESH captain Aditya Shrivastava was waiting for his turn to speak after Mumbai skipper Prithvi Shaw at the post-match presentation of the Ranji Trophy final. But Shrivastava’s team had walked over to the board reading “Champions”, ready to pose for photographs. Earlier, in another glimpse of what this maiden Ranji Trophy crown means to a state formed in 1956, Shrivastava was already in his official dark blue MP blazer as he stood a few metres from his impatient teammates just moments after the six-wicket victory over 41-time champions Mumbai. “Completely ecstatic,” the 28-year old captain began when it was his turn to talk to the presenter, Anjum Chopra, the former India captain. “A generation…of time has gone by and MP has won the Ranji Trophy for the first time now. It is t...
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‘Sir Alex Ferguson of Ranji Trophy’: Cricket fraternity hails MP coach Chandrakant Pandit | Cricket News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Chandrakant Pandit was on Sunday hailed as "Sir Alex Ferguson of Ranji Trophy" as accolades poured in for the coach after guiding Madhya Pradesh to their maiden title. Having lost the trophy as captain of Madhya Pradesh in 1998-99, Pandit enjoyed sweet redemption when his wards emerged victorious over 41-time champions Mumbai at the Chinnaswami Stadium. This was Pandit's sixth Ranji title as coach, after having won three with his home state Mumbai and two with Vidarbha. Veteran wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik, who has reinvented himself as a finisher in India's current white-ball setup, led the praises for Pandit, comparing him to the iconic Manchester United manager Ferguson who has won 13 Premier League Championships with the Red Devils. "Lovely pictures @BCCI, Could...
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23 years back, I left something back over here: MP coach Chandrakant Pandit after winning his 6th Ranji title

Madhya Pradesh created history on Sunday when they clinched the Ranji trophy, defeating Mumbai in Bengaluru by 6 wickets. The man behind their success, coach Chandrakant Pandit, must have also felt a cascading sense of relief wash through him. As tears started rolling down his face, he folded his hands as a mark of respect towards the Mumbai dressing room after the victory. In the 1999 Ranji Final, Pandit, playing for Madhya Pradesh had been beaten by Karnataka in the final. It was his last professional game and he had lost it. “23 years back, I have always felt that I had left something back over here so winning this trophy in this same ground was fabulous,” Pandit said in an interview to BCCI.tv. 𝐂. 𝐇. 𝐀. 𝐌. 𝐏. 𝐈. 𝐎. 𝐍. 𝐒! 🏆 Congratulations to Madhya Pradesh – the @Paytm #RanjiTrophy...
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Ranji Trophy 2022: Sarfaraz Khan named ‘Man of the Tournament’ for outstanding season with bat | Cricket News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Mumbai batter Sarfaraz Khan was crowned as the 'Man of the Tournament for his brilliant Ranji Trophy 2022 with the bat, which saw him score 982 runs. Madhya Pradesh created history and won their maiden Ranji Trophy title, defeating favourites Mumbai in the finals by six wickets at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. In six games, Sarfaraz scored 982 runs at an average of 122.75, finishing at the top of the batting charts. Four centuries and two half-centuries were scored by the batter in the season, with the best individual score of 275. At second was his distant rival, Rajat Patidar from Madhya Pradesh, who scored 658 runs in six games at an average of 82.25. Two centuries and five half-centuries came out of his bat, with the individual best score of 142. Other top...
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Chandrakant Pandit’s emotional tale of winning Ranji Trophy for MP | Cricket News – Times of India

BENGALURU: When Rajat Patidar hit the winning shot to help Madhya Pradesh clinch their maiden Ranji Trophy title after defeating 41-time champions Mumbai by six wickets here at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, head coach Chandrakant Pandit could not hold back his tears. The venue was the same from where he walked out teary-eyed after losing the Ranji Trophy finals as a captain in 1998-99 season in April 1999, defeated by Karnataka by a margin of 96 runs. Ever since the team's inception in 1950s, it was their best chance to win the trophy. Months of hard work were in vain as Pandit walked out of the venue without the silverware in his hands. Though he guided Mumbai and Vidarbha to titles as a coach, he had failed in his attempt to win the title for MP as a player and he had to live wi...
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Always felt I left something back here 23 years ago: Chandrakant Pandit | Cricket News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Carrying the weight of a defeat that hurt more than most for over two decades, one couldn't fault Chandrakant Pandit for those moistened eyes as he folded his hands as a mark of respect towards the Mumbai dressing room. After Rajat Patidar ran the most important single in the history of Madhya Pradesh cricket, it completed a cycle for head coach Pandit, 23 years after his failure to win the state side's maiden Ranji Trophy title as a player. "Every trophy gives satisfaction but this one is special. I couldn't do it as an MP captain years back (23 years). All these years, I have always felt that I had left something back over here. That's the reason I am a bit more excited and emotional about it," a visibly exhausted Pandit said after his latest Ranji Trophy triumph. (PTI Phot...
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Ranji Trophy Final: I could have batted longer, says Prithvi Shaw after Mumbai’s loss | Cricket News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Mumbai skipper Prithvi Shaw was disappointed with the six-wicket loss to Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy final at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, admitting that he could have batted for a little longer period. Mumbai had opted to bat first under overcast skies, with Shaw and Yashasvi Jaiswal having an opening partnership of 87 runs. Despite Sarfaraz Khan's stunning 134, Mumbai were on backfoot throughout the final as Madhya Pradesh took a 162-run lead and after they were bowled out for 269, the Aditya Shrivastava-led side then chased down 108 with more than a session left on day five. The loss also meant that Mumbai's wait for Ranji Trophy title continued, with the last title victory coming in 2015/16. "I think the way the boys have played it is unbelievable. Lot of youngsters and ...
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Ranji Trophy: It is the moment of a lifetime for me, says MP captain Aditya Shrivastava | Cricket News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Being the captain of a Madhya Pradesh team winning the 2021/22 Ranji Trophy is a moment of a lifetime, said a jubilant skipper Aditya Shrivastava. In his first year as a skipper of the side, Shrivastava has now joined the list of Ranji Trophy winning captains. "Completely ecstatic (on winning Ranji Trophy). Generation kind of time has gone by since MP has won the Ranji Trophy for the first time. It is the moment of a lifetime for me. The emotions are deep, we are trying to laugh it out but we are extremely emotional from the inside," said Shrivastava after the match. Shrivastava acknowledged the role of veteran head coach Chandrakant Pandit in learning about leadership in cricket and importance of sticking to the processes. "This has been my first year as captain and whatev...
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Madhya Pradesh create history with maiden Ranji Trophy triumph, beat Mumbai by six wickets | Cricket News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Madhya Pradesh, not considered among cricketing elites during the past decade, on Sunday humbled domestic powerhouse Mumbai by six wickets in a one-sided Ranji Trophy final under coach Chandrakant Pandit, who exorcised the ghosts of losing one at this very ground 23 summers ago. On the final day, Mumbai could only manage 269 in their second innings, leaving MP with a paltry target of 108, and they did it in style as Pandit won a record sixth national title as a coach. 𝗪𝗛𝗔𝗧. 𝗔. 𝗪𝗜𝗡! 👏 👏Madhya Pradesh beat Mumbai by 6 wickets & clinch their maiden #RanjiTrophy title👍 👍 @Paytm |… https://t.co/ThO58C04Kr— BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) 1656237643000Sarfaraz Khan (45), who finished the season with 18 short of 1000 runs and young Suved Parkar (51) tried their bit, but with the n...
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MP show how to get one hand on Ranji Trophy: Bat over 177 overs and bowl smartly wide outside off

Mumbai may have had a tiny window of opportunity when they reduced Madhya Pradesh to 430 for 6 – a lead of 56 for MP – on the fourth morning of the Ranji Trophy final at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. But Rajat Patidar’s brilliance and No 8 Saransh Jain’s pluck ensured MP stretched their first innings to 536 and kept Mumbai in the field for a gruelling 177.2 overs. Hardik Tamore, opening in the place of the injured Yashasvi Jaiswal, and Prithvi Shaw began the Mumbai second innings with a stand of 63 in 10.3 overs but MP began to bowl wide and Mumbai’s push ran out of steam with the exit of the openers. Heading into the final day, Mumbai were still behind by 49 and MP’s grip on their maiden Ranji title (since the state’s reorganization) appeared ironclad. The Chinnaswamy pitch sho...
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Madhya Pradesh’s Dubey, an old-school batsman with compact technique and a calm head

In 28 first-class innings since his debut in 2018-19, 23-year-old Yash Dubey had never opened until midway into this Ranji Trophy season. Right before he was promoted to open by coach Chandrakant Pandit in a crucial game against Kerala, Dubey had, in fact, stroked an unbeaten 85 off 92 balls against Meghalaya down at No 7. But Pandit saw something in his compact technique and calm temperament, and Dubey delivered instantly, scoring a massive 289 off 591 balls against Kerala and forming a third-wicket partnership of 277 with Rajat Patidar, who made 142. He couldn’t do much in the quarters and semis but has squeezed Mumbai almost out of the final with 133 off 336 deliveries, spending 111.5 overs in the middle after fielding for 127.4 overs. Despite the Mumbai fielders chirping constantly,...