Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik will lead the Tamil Nadu side in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy next year. The tournament will begin from January 10, with all-rounder Vijay Shankar named as vice-captain.
Tamil Nadu have been placed in Elite Group B alongside Jharkhand, Bengal, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Hyderabad and Assam. Dinesh Karthik will hope to lead his side to glory this season, especially after the team's heartbreaking loss last year’s final to Karnataka by one run.
Dinesh Karthik confirmed as Tamil Nadu captain
The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association announced a 20-member squad for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on December 23, keeping in mind the COVID-19 restrictions.
Dinesh Karthik will lead a side that has a good mix of youth and experience. The 35-year-old will be hoping that the team can perform just like it did last year, and win the competition.
Apart from Dinesh Karthik and Vijay Shankar, the Tamil Nadu squad can also call upon youngsters like Sandeep Warrier and N Jagadeesan. While Warrier played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, N Jagadeesan made a handful of appearances for Chennai Super Kings in 2020. IPL regular M Ashwin is also part of Dinesh Karthik’s side this season.
Tamil Nadu misses several key players
Despite having several household names in the side, the Tamil Nadu team will have to make do without several key players for the tournament.
The team will be without the services of Ravichandran Ashwin, Washington Sundar and T Natarajan, with the trio in Australia on national duty. Veteran opener Murali Vijay also pulled out of the tournament a few days ago due to personal reasons.
Complete Tamil Nadu squad for Syed Mushtaq Ali
Squad: Dinesh Karthik (captain), Vijay Shankar (vice-captain), B Aparajith, B Indrajith, M Shahrukh Khan, C Hari Nishaanth, K B Arun Karthik, Pradosh Ranjan Paul, N Jagadeesan, Aswin Crist, M Mohammed, G Periyasamy, Sandeep Warrier, J Kousik, R Sonu Yadav, M Ashwin, R Sai Kishore, M Siddharth, L Suryapprakash, R S Jaganath Sinivas.Published 24 Dec 2020, 10:43 IST