N Jagadeesan, Vishnu Vinod lead race to replace KL Rahul at RCB

IPL 2017

N Jagadeesan, Vishnu Vinod lead race to replace KL Rahul at RCB

Manuja Veerappa • Last updated on Mon, 03 Apr, 2017, 06:56 AM

Jagadeesan has been making giant strides. © Cricbuzz

On their day off, Royal Challengers Bangalore overseas bowlers turned out in good numbers during the trials to find a replacement for injured top-order batsman KL Rahul.

With the 24-year-old local boy, who kept wickets as well in the previous season, unavailable for the entire duration of the Indian Premier League, RCB are looking for an uncapped Indian player.

Four domestic players – Karnataka batsman Pavan Deshpande, N Jagadeesan of Tamil Nadu, Kerala’s Vishnu Vinod and Prashant Chopra from Himachal Pradesh attended the trials under the watchful eyes of coach Daniel Vettori. While Jagadeesan and Vinod are regular wicketkeepers who can bat too, Prashant is an occasional ‘keeper. Deshpande has had a good run this season and is a proven hard-hitting left-hand batsman and a handy off-spinner. He showcased glimpses of his power-hitting against English bowler Tymal Mills.

With AB de Villiers pulling out of the final of the Momentum One-Day Cup – South Africa’s domestic 50-over competition with a back injury, RCB have the option of having Kedar Jadhav or Australia’s Travis Head to keep wickets. The 32-year-old Indian , however, hasn’t kept wickets for a while but has called on to bowl his offbreaks occasionally.

In such a scenario, Jagadeesan and Vinod may fancy their chances of making the cut. Both are proven talents on the domestic circuit both with the bat and behind the stumps. The RCB think-tank probably wanted to test the four youngsters’ ability to handle international bowlers and had Shane Watson, Tymal Mills and Adam Milne bowl to them apart from the regular net bowlers.

Meanwhile, skipper Virat Kohli, who has been ruled out of RCB’s first few games owing to a shoulder injury, joined his teammates in Bengaluru on Sunday (April 2) evening. South African AB de Villiers, who is likely to lead in Kohli’s absence, was expected to arrive late on Sunday night.



Courtesy: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports

Source: http://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/93740/n-jagadeesan-vishnu-vinod-lead-race-to-replace-kl-rahul-at-rcb

Dinesh Karthik guides Tamil Nadu to final

Vizag: Half-centuries from rookie N. Jagadeesan (71) and seasoned Dinesh Karthik (93) led Tamil Nadu to a 73-run win over India A in a Deodhar Trophy match here on Monday. With this win, Tamil Nadu qualified for the final where they will meet India B on Wednesday.

With a 159-run partnership, Karthik and Jagadeesan helped set the Harbhajan Singh-led team a 304-run target. The TN spinners then defended the total at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium. Left-arm spinners Rahil Shah and Sai Kishore claimed three wickets apiece while M. Ashwin and MS Washington Sundar picked a wicket each.

After Tamil Nadu opted to bat, Shardul Thakur accounted for Ganga Sridhar Raju to end the opening stand and claimed Kaushik Gandhi a ball later to leave the team on 51 for two. TN’s in form batsman, Dinesh then joined Jagadeesan in forging a solid partnership.

The pair steadily milked the India ‘A’ attack to take the side past the 200-run mark until KrunalPandya struck. The left-arm spinner had Jagadeesan stumped for 71 to leave TN on 210 for three. 23 runs later, the wicketkeeper-batsman was dismissed by Thakur in the 41st over. Baba Indrajith, who then took guard saw the team past the 300-run mark with the lower middle-order. He was unbeaten on 36 off 28 as he took the team to 303 for six with a M Ashwin (12 off 13).
Courtesy: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/

Source: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/sports/cricket/280317/deodhar-trophy-dinesh-karthik-guides-tamil-nadu-to-final.html