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Deodhar Trophy: Shami, Umesh in Action as India 'A' Take on 'B'

PTI |March 4, 2018, 8:57 AM IST
Deodhar Trophy: Shami, Umesh in Action as India 'A' Take on 'B'

Dharamsala: The battle to remain relevant in India's limited overs scheme of things will be foremost on Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav's minds when India A take on India B in the opening game of the Deodhar Trophy here on Sunday.

Having slipped in the pecking order as far as ODIs are concerned, both Umesh and Shami will like to use the opportunity to stake claim for the third and fourth pacers' slot in the national team that is still up for grabs, keeping the World Cup in mind.

While Umesh was not in the ODI squad during the South Africa tour, the team management preferred Shardul Thakur to Shami during the last ODI.

With Ravichandran Ashwin ruling himself out of the tournament due to a niggle, India A, led by Maharashtra batsman Ankit Bawne, look like an intimidating outfit with all top domestic and junior cricket performers in their ranks.

The India A team has U-19 World Cup stars Shubman Gill and Prithvi Shaw in their ranks along with hard-hitting IPL specialists like Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav. Unmukt Chand, after a fine Vijay Hazare Trophy, is expected to open the batting with Prithvi.

Even in the bowling department, the India A team has Shami along with Navdeep Saini and Basil Thampi. Shahbaz Nadeem will be the lone specialist spinner while Krunal Pandya will be their all-rounder.

Compared to that, India B only has Shreyas Iyer, who is eyeing a permanent ODI middle-order spot. Jayant Yadav, who has dealt with personal tragedy, injury and indifferent form, got a look-in purely on the basis of his past records having played both Tests and ODIs for India.

Maharashtra opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary and young opener Abhimanyu Easwaran along with Mumbai's highest run-getter in Hazare -- Siddhesh Lad -- will be battling it out in the day/night encounter.

Umesh, Siddarth Kaul and Harshal Patel are the three pacers while Jayant will be supported in the spin department by Dharmendra Jadeja.

While India did not particularly have any happy memories of the ground after being bowled out for a little over 100 during an ODI against Sri Lanka last December, the Dharamsala track has been a batting belter this season.

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
5 4 1 0 8 +0.81
2
NZ
4 3 0 1 7 +2.16
3
IND
4 3 0 1 7 +1.02
4
ENG
4 3 1 0 6 +1.55
5
BAN
5 2 2 1 5 -0.27
6
SL
5 1 2 2 4 -1.77
7
WI
5 1 3 1 3 +0.27
8
SA
5 1 3 1 3 -0.20
9
PAK
5 1 3 1 3 -1.93
10
AFG
4 0 4 0 0 -1.63

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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