Jalaj Saxena and Baba Aparajith, the star performers as we look at Deodhar Trophy 2019, key takeaways and stats overview.
The 47th edition of the Deodhar Trophy saw Parthiv Patel’s India B outshining Shubman Gill’s India C by 51 runs in the summit clash of the competition.
Historically, Deodhar Trophy hasn’t had a good viewership; both online and offline, but owing to the IPL Auctions, Deodhar Trophy garnered some fantastic viewership throughout the Tournament.
Owing to the IPL Auctions, it was a fantastic opportunity for certain players to fall on the radar of the IPL franchises with a few good performances. Also, with the Indian T20 team testing newcomers in preparation for the World T20, the shorter-format specialists also had a case for themselves to do well in this competition.
TEAMS AND SCHEDULE:
Hanuma Vihari, Parthiv Patel, and Shubman Gill were chosen as the captains of Team A, Team B, and Team C respectively. All three were given strong and well-balanced squads to compete for the trophy. Ranchi was earmarked as the destination to host the competition, with a 5-day slot drawn in place for conducting the matches.
Although the majority of the spotlight was on the India-Bangladesh T20Is, Deodhar Trophy 2019 did produce a few performances which made the competition interesting. On that note, here is the Tournament and Stats Overview for the 2019 edition of Deodhar Trophy.
GAME 01 | INDIA A vs INDIA B | 31 OCTOBER:
The crux of the plot in the first game of the competition rested on one big partnership. India B’s Ruturaj Gaikwad and Baba Aparajith orchestrated a wonderful 158-run stand which took their team’s tally to 302/6.
India A with a relatively inexperienced batting unit struggled to stitch partnerships, eventually losing all their wickets for just 194 runs. Left-arm seamer Roosh Kalaria was the star with the ball for India B picking 3 wickets at an economy of 2.4.
GAME 02 | INDIA C vs INDIA A | 01 NOVEMBER:
This game was yet another case of one partnership dominating the entire proceedings. At the helm of this partnership were two of India’s most-exciting batsmen- Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal. Mayank scored 120 and Gill 143, before Suryakumar Yadav’s blitzkrieg of 72(29) lifted India C to 366-3 in 50 overs.
Jalaj Saxena’s 7-wicket haul proved to be too good for Hanuma Vihari’s Men, as they were bundled out for a paltry 134. With this victory, India C knocked India A out of the competition.
GAME 03 | INDIA B vs INDIA C| 02 NOVEMBER:
A prelude to the big finale, this game was basically a dead rubber. India C batted first, and riding on Axar Patel’s 61-ball 98 run knock, the team set a decent target of 281 for the opposition.
Despite a steady start, India B failed to keep up with the run-rate, eventually bringing the curtains down on their innings at 144. Mayank Markande’s 4-wicket haul was the sole highlight in the second innings.
FINAL | INDIA C vs INDIA B | 04 NOVEMBER:
The final produced a better game than the earlier three matches. India B managed a total of 283 in the first innings. Kedar Jadhav, Yashasvi Jaiswal, and K Gowtham were the pick of the batsmen for the team.
Chasing a stiff target, India C’s middle-order crumbled under pressure. Priyam Garg tried his best with a valiant 74-run knock. However, Shahbaz Nadeem’s 4-wicket haul set the writing on the wall for India C. Finally. Shubman Gill’s team was restricted to 232/9 at the end of 50 overs.
Kedar Jadhav, who scored a valiant fifty in yet another Deodhar Trophy final helped India B win the game by 51 runs.
STATS PREVIEW | DEODHAR TROPHY 2019
167: Most Runs by Baba Aparajith (IND B)
136: Best Batting Average by Axar Patel (IND C)
300: Highest Strike Rate by K Gowtham (IND B)
143(142): Highest Score by Shubman Gill (IND C)
10: Most Wickets by Jalaj Saxena (IND C)
9.78: Best Bowling Average by Ishan Porel (IND C)
3.38: Lowest Economy Rate by Axar Patel (IND C)
7/41: Best Bowling figures by Jalaj Saxena (IND C)
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