Shams Mulani, Ricky Bhui and Co. hoping to showcase red-ball credentials in Ranji Trophy quarter-finals

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Ahead of the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals, players from participating teams are eager to showcase their talents, aiming to bolster their reputations. The upcoming quarter-final fixtures feature formidable teams such as Vidarbha, Karnataka, Mumbai, Baroda, Tamil Nadu, Saurashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Andhra, each boasting a wealth of talent within their ranks.

Shams Mulani, representing Mumbai, has undoubtedly impressed selectors with his standout performances. As a skilled slow left-arm orthodox bowler, he consistently troubles opposition batters, securing vital wickets. Additionally, his batting contributions, notably against Uttar Pradesh with scores of 57 and 63, underline his versatility. With his multifaceted skills, Shams has the potential to evolve into a genuine all-rounder at the international level, given proper grooming and support.

Andhra’s Ricky Bhui has undeniably been the standout performer with the bat this season, capturing everyone’s attention by emerging as the top scorer in the Elite group, amassing a remarkable total of 861 runs. Should he maintain this exceptional form until the conclusion of the tournament and even beyond, overlooking Ricky for selection in the Indian team will prove to be a challenging task. 

Narayan Jagadeesan, the dynamic right-hand batsman representing Tamil Nadu, also would have captured the attention of Indian selectors with his impressive performances, notably his remarkable knocks of 245 against Railways and 321 against Chandigarh.

Jagadeesan’s versatility as a wicketkeeper adds another dimension to his cricketing repertoire, particularly at a time when the Indian team is exploring options in that position. However, his primary role as an opening batter may present a challenge, considering the abundance of talent vying for positions at the top of the order.

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Karnataka’s success in recent matches has been heavily bolstered by the outstanding batting performances of Devdutt Padikkal. The talented youngster has been in exceptional form, notching up three centuries in just five matches. With such consistent displays, Padikkal’s inclusion in the Indian Test team seems imminent. Although he was part of the squad for the third Test against England, he didn’t get a chance to play. However, with a few more stellar performances for Karnataka, it’s only a matter of time before Padikkal earns his opportunity to represent India in the longest format of the game.

Two emerging talents from Madhya Pradesh, Venkatesh Iyer, and Kumar Kartikeya, have also made an impact. Iyer’s consistent batting displays, including a stellar second innings knock of 135 against Pondicherry, have showcased his potential for higher honors. Meanwhile, Kartikeya has been a standout wicket-taker for Madhya Pradesh, leading the team’s bowling attack with his impressive haul of wickets. His best performance came against Puducherry as well, where he picked up 10 wickets.

Shashwat Rawat, a rising talent in cricket, faces tough competition for recognition. But his recent success, scoring two centuries, and a strong 207 against Himachal Pradesh, shows his potential. As he gets ready for the quarter-finals, Rawat’s good performances give him confidence and catch the eye of selectors.

With the spotlight shining brightly on their achievements, the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals serve not only as a battleground for victory but also as a stage for the future stars of Indian cricket to shine.

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