After making his national debut in 2000, the top-order batsman went on to represent India in 31 Tests and 2 One-day Internationals.
Delhi cruised to a six-wicket victory over Vidarbha in the third session of Day 4 after Man of the Match Nitish Rana scored a quick-fire ton to propel Delhi to a total of 348 runs.
Cheteshwar Pujara hogged the limelight by smashing his seventh double hundred in the Ranji Trophy.
Earlier in 2015, a match between Bengal and Vidarbha had also got delayed after a snake was spotted on the ground.
He said players develop better in a structured system and hence zeroed in on Vidarbha after doing a lot of research.
Both teams are stuck on 10 points and need a move-on going ahead in the tournament.
Yuzvendra Chahal is a big name, but hasn't done anything of sorts in the tournament.
Rishi Dhawan is tough to handle in seaming conditions and could be a safe option as a multiplier if the track does a bit.
UP will be led by Samarth Singh and the side will hope that the skipper carries on with his last year's form.
Abhishek Sharma is opening the innings for Punjab and will be bowling a minimum of seven overs in a full match.