In the first match against Maharashtra, debutants Mayank Yadav, Simarjit Singh and experienced Ishant Sharma were injured midway through the match, which saw the team lose despite being in winning positions on a pace-assisted pitch.
Troubled by injuries to fast bowlers, seven-time champions Delhi will take on Assam in the Ranji Trophy from here on Tuesday. The Delhi team management, including senior players and support staff, is unhappy with the spate of injuries to the pacers, which has raised questions about their fitness and method of preparation. In the first match against Maharashtra, debutants Mayank Yadav, Simarjit Singh and experienced Ishant Sharma were injured midway through the match, which saw the team lose despite being in winning positions on a pace-assisted pitch.
Simarjeet, returning from injury, injured his ankle due to which he could bowl only two overs in the second innings. Ishant and Yadav, who had returned to Delhi, did not even bowl a single over in the second innings. Simarjit has been declared fit for the tie against Assam while three pacers Harshit Rana, Divij Mehra and Kuldeep Yadav have joined the squad for the all-important match. Harshit may get a place in the playing XI in the match starting on Tuesday. Apart from the fitness of the fast bowlers, questions are also being raised on the team’s preparedness for the top domestic tournament.
The full squad was announced three days before the team’s first match in the tournament and was handed over to young Yash Dhull. Delhi won their last Ranji title in 2007–08 and last played the final in the 2017–18 season. A Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) source told PTI, “The way some young fast bowlers got injured early in the Ranji season, the coach and senior players are not happy. A similar problem was faced during the white-ball tournament as well.
He said, “It is clear that something is wrong in the training process of fast bowlers.” It remains to be seen whether Ashwin makes a comeback to the team after suffering a hamstring injury. Ishant, who has played 105 Tests for India, has his eyes set on the IPL auction to be held this week. Had he not been selected, his motivation to play domestic cricket might not have been the same. Assam, who lost the first innings lead in their first match against Saurashtra, will be looking to win against a weak Delhi side.
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