The 57th edition of the Duleep Trophy commences on 17th August 2018. Following the previous two editions, this year’s tournament will also comprise of three teams – Red, Green and Blue, playing in a round-robin format. The finale of the first-class tournament will take place between the top two teams from 4-8th September 2018.
Named after Kumar Shri Duleepsinhji of Nawanagar, the domestic tournament had started in 1961 with five geographically divided zonal teams competing for the trophy (Central, North, East, West and South). Till 2014-15, the trend continued, with the league format coming into play from 1993-94. From 2003 to 2008, a touring foreign team was included in this prestigious tournament, England A being the first. The competition took a hiatus in 2015 but returned the following year with a different look, involving 3 teams in a round-robin format.
The 2018 Duleep Trophy will be held at the NPR College ground in Dindigul, Tamil Nadu. Every match, other than the five day finale, will be for four days. India Green will start things off against India Red on the 17th of August. India Blue take on Red from 23rd August, and the last match will take place from 29th August between India Green and India Blue.
The three teams look quite balanced on paper, with exciting players evenly distributed. India Red will be captained by Tamil Nadu southpaw Abhinav Mukund, who is looking for a strong performance which would bring him in contention for the opening batsman slot in the Indian national test cricket team.
‘Forever Young’ Parthiv Patel will be leading the Green team. Faiz Fazal, the Blue skipper will be a player to watch out for. The top scoring batsman for this year’s Ranji winners, Vidharbha, this late bloomer might make things work out for him in the years left in his kitty.
Punjab wicket-keeper Abhishek Gupta’s doping ban will keep him out of the tournament with Vidharbha glove-man Akshay Wadkar taking his place in the Red unit. India’s pace unit looks strong enough, but talents like Ishan Porel and Ankit Rajpoot can use this as a platform to jump start their career.
Keep an eye out for this hotly contested tournament. You might be able to see the next Indian cricketing sensation in action.
Full Squad List
|India Red||India Blue||India Green|
|Abhinav Mukund (Captain)||Faiz Fazal (Captain)||Parthiv Patel (Captain & WK)|
|R. R. Sanjay||Abhishek Raman||Prashant Chopra|
|Ashutosh Singh||Anmolpreet Singh||Priyank Panchal|
|Baba Aparajith||Ganesh Satish||Sudeep Chatterjee|
|Writtick Chatterjee||Nikhil Gangta||Gurkeerat Mann|
|Bavanaka Sandeep||Dhruv Shorey||Baba Indrajith|
|Akshay Wadkar (WK)||K.S. Bharat (WK)||V.P. Solanki|
|Shahbaz Nadeem||Akshay Wakhare||Jalaj Saxena|
|Mihir Hirwani||Saurav Kumar||Karn Sharma|
|Parvez Rasool||Swapnil Singh||Vikas Mishra|
|Rajneesh Gurbani||Basil Thampi||K. Vignesh|
|Abhimanyu Mithun||Bandaru Ayyappa||Ankit Rajpoot|
|Ishan Porel||Jaydev Unadkat||Ashok Dinda|
|Prithvi Raj ||Dhawal Kulkarni||Atit Sheth|