All-rounder Vijay Shankar was on Monday named captain of Tamil Nadu for the opening two Ranji Trophy fixtures against Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh.
There is no dearth of talent and experience as far as the batting is concerned. Seasoned campaigners (Mukund, Vijay and Karthik) and relatively younger guys (Aparajith, Narayan Jagadeesan, Shahrukh Khan and K Mukunth) are expected to combine well. Shankar and Sundar are the key all-rounders in the squad. Once Sundar joins the side for the second match, Mukunth will be released.
Tamil Nadu will open its campaign against rival Karnataka at the NPR College Ground in Dindigul on December 9. In its second contest, Tamil Nadu will host Himachal at the ICL – Sankar Nagar Ground in Tirunelveli on December 17.
Squad: Vijay Shankar (c), Baba Aparajith (vc), Murali Vijay, Abhinav Mukund, Dinesh Karthik, Narayan Jagadeesan, Ravichandran Ashwin, R Sai Kishore, T Natarajan, K Vignesh, Abhishek Tanwar, Murugan Ashwin, Manimaran Siddharth, Shahrukh Khan, K Mukunth and Washington Sundar.