Turn off: Two-day finishes on bad pitches

The spin-mockery continued in a Ranji Trophy with a final turn of fixtures witnessing a integrate of two-day finishes on Tuesday. At Dindigul, 40 wickets fell in 145.3 overs with a spinners holding 39 of them. Punjab captain Harbhajan Singh shielded a representation after a 243-run feat that cumulative his team’s place in a knockouts. But a fact of a matter is that he didn’t use even a singular quick bowler in a whole game. Only one seamer was called into action; Tamil Nadu’s J Kousik bowling 4 overs for one wicket in a initial innings.

In Malappuram also, a Group C confront between Kerala and Himachal Pradesh was over in dual days. Thirty-four wickets fell in 115.2 overs with Himachal winning by 6 wickets to be on a fork of quarter-finals. Spinners accounted for 26 scalps in that game.

First, a Tamil Nadu game. It was a must-win event for a final season’s Ranji runners-up and they had prepared a representation that would fit their spinners. Nothing unusual, for spin bowling has been their strength over a past integrate of seasons. Spin-punch, however, didn’t work this time, since Punjab flattened them with counter-punches.

Rolling behind a years

If immature left-arm spinner Rajwinder Singh (6/29) was a favourite for a visitors in a initial innings, Harbhajan rolled behind a years with a seven-for (7/37) in a second. Tamil Nadu were bundled out for 69, chasing a feat aim of 313. They had done 68 in a initial dig.

The hosts fell into their possess trap, though Harbhajan didn’t mind. After all, Punjab were a visiting group and had no contend over a inlet of a surface. The skipper righteously savoured a win, generally after putting adult a match-winning performance. “Nice to get those wickets, for wickets always give we confidence. we have been bowling well. The round is entrance easily of my hand. Now I’ve wickets in a winning cause. If it continues like this, we would shortly be behind in a (Team India) mix,” he told this paper.

Harbhajan is a proven performer. For a youngsters, however, a truckload of wickets on these pitches can infer to be a fake dawn. Selectors would frequency take note. So, for Himachal Pradesh’s Rahul Singh or Bipul Sharma, who took 6/19 and 6/33 in a initial and second innings respectively in their team’s convincing win over Kerala, appreciation competence come with a splash of salt.

It is same for Kerala left-arm spinner K Monish, who accounted for 4 Himachal Pradesh batters but surrender a run in a second innings to take his compare transport to 7 wickets. Kerala, on 25 points from 7 matches before this game, went full stifle opposite Himachal to sign a knockout berth. They followed a spin fad. Discretion competence have been a improved partial of valour.