The team, led by Baba Indrajith, also includes talented, young all-rounder MS Washington Sundar and Vijay Shankar. Medium-pacer S Abhishek Tanwar is the only new face in the Ranji squad. The 27-year old had a good outing for Madurai Panthers in the third edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League held recently. The fast bowling unit will consist of M Mohammed, J Kousik, Tanwar and R Rohit.
Ashwin leads a spin attack that also includes the experienced Rahil Shah and the young R Sai Kishore apart from Washington Sundar. Indrajith said it is a well-balanced squad the selectors had picked adding the presence of Test stars Ashwin, Vijay and Dinesh Karthik provides a lot of experience.
“It is a good all-round side and a balanced one. I am confident we will do well. Ashwin’s presence gives the team a boost and along with Rahil Shah and Washington Sundar gives the spin department a strong look,” he said. TN begins its campaign against Madhya Pradesh at Dindigul on November 1.
Squad: B Indrajith (Captain), M Kaushik Gandhi, Abhinav Mukund, M Vijay, Vijay Shankar, B Aparajith, Dinesh Karthik, N Jagadeesan, M S Washington Sundar, R Ashwin, R Sai Kishore, Rahil S Shah, M Mohammed, J Kousik, R Rohit, S Abhishek Tanwar.