With a new skipper at the helm in Baba Indrajith and a seasoned coach in Hrishikesh Kanitkar, Tamil Nadu has a good combination of youth and experience in its ranks, and will again be one of the strong contenders from Elite Group B. Tamil Nadu will open its campaign against Madhya Pradesh at Dindigul on Thursday.
International players such as Ravichandran Ashwin, Dinesh Karthik, Washington Sundar and Vijay Shankar will be donning the state’s cap and their experience can have the desired impact in shaping the team’s fortunes. India Test opener Murali Vijay, who has recently been recalled to the national team for the upcoming Australia tour, is expected to play the match against MP, and it would surely be a shot in the arm for the host. TN’s cause will also be well-served by opener and former captain Abhinav Mukund whose consistency shone through in an otherwise disappointing Vijay Hazare campaign that preceded the Ranji Trophy.
Much will be expected from youngsters such as N Jagadeesan, R Sai Kishore and J Kousik along with Indrajith, who will act as the bridge between youth and experience. If there is something to be worried about for the host, it is that of the pace bowling department that looks depleted in the absence of the injured trio of K Vignesh, left-arm quick T Natarajan, and Aswin Crist, who has been nursing a long-standing back injury.