Ravichandran Ashwin, Murali Vijay, and Dinesh Karthik have been named in Tamil Nadu's squad for Ranji Trophy 2018. The trio will be playing for their state team in team’s opening match of the season against Madhya Pradesh that starts on November 1.
The Tamil Nadu Cricket Team is led by Baba Indrajith and includes all-rounder Washington Sundar and Vijay Shankar. The new face in the Ranji Tamil Nadu Squad is Medium-pacer Abhishek Tanwar. He had a good outing for Madurai Panthers in the third edition of Tamil Nadu Premier League held recently.
The team will be without the services of left-arm paceman T Natarajan and right-arm medium-pacer K Vignesh because of their injury. The fast bowlers M Mohammed, Jagatheesan Kousik, Abhishek Tanwar, and Ramalingam Rohit will form the part of the team.
Ravichandran Ashwin will lead a spin department that also includes the experienced Rahil Shah and the young Ravi Srinivasan Sai Kishore and also Washington Sundar.
As per State selection panel chief S Sharath and captain Indrajith, the team is well-balanced which was capable of doing well. Indrajith said that it was well-balanced squad the selectors had picked, adding the presence of Test stars Ravichandran Ashwin, Murali Vijay, and Dinesh Karthik provide a lot of experience.
Tamil Nadu begins its campaign against Madhya Pradesh at Dindigul on 1 November. The team includes Baba Indrajith (Captain), M Kaushik Gandhi, Abhinav Mukund, M Vijay, Vijay Shankar, B Aparajith, Dinesh Karthik, N Jagadeesan, MS Washington Sundar, R Ashwin, R Sai Kishore, Rahil S Shah, M Mohammed, J Kousik, R Rohit, S Abhishek Tanwar.
The Ranji Trophy will be an opportunity for Murali Vijay and Dinesh Karthik to perform well and earn a recall to the Test team. Both the players were a part of the team for the tour of England.
Dinesh Karthik was given a chance in the first two Tests but he failed to perform and lost his place in the 3rd Test to Rishabh Pant. Rishabh has almost made his place behind the stumps in the longer format and Dinesh Karthik has a tough task to make a comeback.