topped the combined Group A and B standings, will fancy their
chances when they take on Uttarakhand in the quarter-final of
the Ranji Trophy beginning here Tuesday.
Uttarakhand became the only team from the plate group
to make it to the last-eight of the coveted domestic
However, with an experienced batting line up led by
Stadium in Jamtha on the city's outskirts, as favourites.
Age has not slowed down Jaffer as the 40-year-old
batsman continues to be in rich form, having already slammed
three centuries this season.
Vidarbha coach and former India stumper Chandrakant
Pandit would be hoping that Jaffer would live up to his
billing and play a vital role.
The role of skipper Fazal, who opens the innings, is
But if Vidarbha has had a successful run last year and
have topped the two combined groups this year, then its not
because of brilliance of one or two individuals. The fact is
several players have chipped in to bail the team out of
trouble or consolidate its position.
Be it Atharva Taide, Mohit Kale or Ganesh Satish, all
have played their roles to perfection and the team management
would want them to continue from where they have left.
On the bowling front, along with pacers, off-spinner
Akshay Wakhare and slow left-arm tweaker Aditya Sarwate have
also shone on the field.
Provided a dry track, Wakhare-Sarvate duo can run
through any opposition and Uttarakhand's would be no
On the other hand, Uttarakhand, who made their Ranji
Trophy debut this season, have a tough ask at hand, especially
playing on Vidarbha's home-turf.
Right-arm medium pacer Deepak Dhapola will be the one
to watch out for the hill state, which came into existence in
Dhapola has been consistently taking wickets for
Uttarakhand and his role will be crucial if the famed Vidarbha
batting line up has to be restricted.
On the batting front, the visitors have Rajat Bhatia,
who has slammed a double hundred and a hundred this season, in
Besides them, the others would also have to step up
and deliver to tame Vidarbha in their backyard.
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