Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018-19- Gautam Gambhir to lead Delhi

Delhi will be looking to start the upcoming domestic season on a positive note.  

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) has recently announced their 15-man squad for the first three matches of the upcoming Vijay Hazare trophy, starting September 19. In the previous season, Delhi won four out of their first six matches and progressed to the quarterfinal, but lost to Andhra Pradesh by a margin of six wickets in a rain-curtailed encounter at Palam.

This time around, they are placed in Elite Group B along with Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Hyderabad, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Saurashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Chattisgarh. Their first match is against Saurashtra at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on September 20. In the meantime, Gautam Gambhir, the 36-year-old top order batsman has been named as the captain of the team.


Some prominent names in there

He hasn’t had the best of times in his cricketing career of late and will be keen to make an impact in the 50-overs tournament. Rishabh Pant, who scored a superlative century against England in the final Test at Kennington Oval in London, has also been drafted in. Nitish Rana, who already has played in a couple of IPL seasons, also found his way into the squad.

Moreover, Unmukt Chand, who led India to glory in the 2012 Under 19 World Cup in Australia, got his opportunity. Navdeep Saini and Kulwant Khejroliya have been impressive for the domestic team for quite a while now and they are expected to be a vital cogs in Delhi’s setup. All in all, Delhi will be looking to start the upcoming domestic season on a positive note.

Here is the squad

Gautam Gambhir (C), Dhruv Shorey, Unmukt Chand, Rishabh Pant (wk), Nitish Rana, Himmat Singh, Hiten Dalal, Lalit Yadav, Manan Sharma, Pawan Negi, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Gaurav Kumar, Sinranjeet Singh, Prashnu Vijayran

Standby players

Milind Kumar, Prashant Bhandari, Sarthak Ranjan, Varun Sood

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