The competition phase of the Vijay Hazare has come to an end with some exciting, hard-fought matches and some mismatches where teams from the North East were toppled by more experienced teams. It’s clear that the players who topped the batting and bowling lists are in good shape, but the selectors and the IPL scouts will go beyond the numbers. HT takes a look at some of the players that caught our eye:
High score: 277
success rate: 125:30
Every season, the batters take advantage of the Vijay Hazare tournament to make it a big blast. This edition will be remembered for the exploits of N Jagadeesan. Tamil Nadu’s lead-off batsman is a century on and is the top scorer with 822 runs in seven matches at an average of 164.40.
The goalkeeper-batter hit 277 (141 balls) against Arunachal Pradesh on Monday to record the highest individual score in List A cricket, becoming the first batsman in history to score five consecutive List A centuries. While the opening batsman’s double hundred came against an inexperienced Arunachal Pradesh strike, his previous four hundred in the tournament had come against more experienced teams such as Andhra (114*), Chhattisgarh (107), Goa (168) and Haryana (128).
B. Sai Sudharsan
Highest scores: 154
success rate: 112.26
It makes sense that Sai Sudharsan’s performance has been overshadowed by the exploits of his TN opening partner N Jagadeesan, but the 21-year-old southpaw batsman is having an equally stellar season. With 586 runs at an average of 83.71 with three hundred and two half centuries, he is second on the list of the best getters. After a promising start with Gujarat Titans in the 2022 season, the big runs will be a huge boost to the young player’s confidence.
High score: 156*
success rate: 99.22
Rahul Tripathi, an underrated player, keeps improving every season. He was the star of Maharashtra’s dominant run with six wins out of six to lead a strong group consisting of Mumbai, Bengal, Railways and Services.
In the league games he was unstoppable with three hundred and two half centuries for a total of 512 runs. The highlight was an unbeaten 156 against Mumbai as he hit all 50 overs after coming on as opener.
Best Bowling: 5/36
Economy fare: 5.34
success rate: 14.2
Madhya Pradesh may not have qualified for the knockouts, but the pacer’s trajectory for the right arm continues to rise in Indian cricket. He finished as the top wicket taker in the group stage with 18 scalps in six matches with a strike rate of 14.2 and the best bowling figures of five for 36 against Punjab. The most impressive aspect was the pace at which he bowled, which affected all batters.
As India tries to build up their battery of pacesetters, the 26-year-old is one of those primed to step forward when the need arises. Although he was unable to fly to New Zealand for the ODI series as the Chetan Sharma led selection committee had instructed him to stay behind and fulfill his Vijay Hazare Trophy commitments, he has been included in the India squad for the ODI series in Bangladesh. Dec 4
Best Bowling: 4/58
Economy fare: 4.87
success rate: 28
Not only has he impressed with his left arm spin, the Bangladeshi lad is also making useful contributions with the bat down the ranks. While taking 11 wickets with a batting frequency of 28 and an economy of 4.87 in the domestic 50-over tournament, he scored two fifties in the four innings he batted. Bengal narrowly missed out on a knockout spot, but the 27-year-old further cemented his reputation with his all-round performance. With India looking for bowlers who can also bat in the shortest format, Ahmed just has to keep knocking on the door.
Ahmed earned his first international cap for India last month when he played in two ODIs against South Africa. He will have another chance to impress next month as he has been included in the Indian ODI squad for the Bangladesh series.
High score: 154*
success rate: 94.30 am
He may not have scored truckloads, but Sharma’s success at the top of the table played a big part in qualifying Jammu & Kashmir for the first time. Sharma scored a quickfire 62-ball 69 against MP to set the platform for J&K to chase down a giant target of 343 in their opening game. The 23-year-old, who was only playing in his second season, scored 348 runs in six games at an average of 69.60 with a high score of 154 not away against Uttarakhand.