It has been close to 10 days since the Vijay Hazare trophy began. An inter state tournament, its a 50 overs competition. Teams battle it out between themselves and anyone who performs nicely gets rewarded with a call in national team.
In this section, we take a look at some of the players on whom all eyes were there. That is because either they have played for India and want to make a come back in the side or young exciting players who want to get in the team and make a debut.
The first amongst these is Ishan Kishan. He is being marked as the one keeper batsman to watch out for. Belonging to the state of Jharkhand, he plays for Mumbai in IPL.
Kishan started on a sensational note. He smashed 173 runs in just 94 balls against MP. His thumping innings, however was a one off and since that game, he has flopped miserably. In the following games, he has registered scores of 4,0,0,38. Safe, to say that he is struggling as of now.
The next on the list is Robin Uthappa. He is an India player who has played for Indian teams in the past, but was in and out of the team. A good performance by him in the series will surely encourage the selectors to have a look at him.
Uthappa started his tournament by hitting a century against Orissa. His 107 set up the base for Kerela victory. Next game against UP, he scored 81 as Kerela won again. in the third game again, he smashed a 100 against railways as his team registered a third successive victory. He made a duck in the next game. But in the final game of league stage, Uthappa pumped a 32 ball 87 to seal Kerela’s place in QF. His scores read- 107,81,100,0,87*. His brilliant form is an indicator that he has still good enough to perform at higher level.
Watch Uthappa Innings
Another name on the list is Devdutt Padikkal. An exciting but uncapped player, he played for RCB in last season of IPL. The batsman started on a good note with a 52 vs UP. His next game fethced him 97 runs vs Bihar. However, since then Padikkal has truly taken off and has smacked three consecutive centuries. His scores in last 3 games read as – 152,126*,145*!
The way this 20 year old youngster is hitting centuries for fun, we might see him soon in Indian colors.
Prithvi Shaw, earmarked as the next big thing in Indian cricket who was dropped after a poor Australian tour is playing for Mumbai. The opener started off by hitting a 105* vs Delhi. He made 34 in the next game. However, in the following game vs Puducherry, he truly blasted it out. In a punishing innings, he made 227 against a hapless attack. This innings brought back the focus on him. His scores in the last 2 games are 36 and 2.
Shaw’s innings of 227 is the highest score of Vijay Hazare trophy and has turned the limelight again on him. Few more innings like this will safely see him back to the national team.
Watch Prithvi Shaw 227 Runs
Last name in the section is the veteran of IPL and first class, the 30 year old Surya Kumar Yadav. SKY had performed consistently in the last few seasons of IPL. This was one of the many reasons a lot of eyes were on him in Vijay Hazare. His scores in this tournament reads – 50,29,133,29,91.
His innings of 133 came of just 58 balls where he thumped the opposition bowlers to all parts of the park. Also, his 91 came when Mumbai was reeling at 50-4. SKY’s two diverse innings in different situation proves that he is ready to play at the highest level and he has been rightly rewarded by being included in the national T20 team vs England.
Watch highlights of his innings, here!