With no domestic action till November 3, let's look at a Ranji team. Starting with Mumbai, last season's champions. They may miss Amol Mazumdar, an old hand who steadied many a Mumbai innings. He's now playing for Assam, Plate strugglers on good T20 form. Rohit Sharma, dropped from both the ODI and T20 teams, may have a lot to prove here. He's one of India's best fielders in addition to being a talented batsman, so he shouldn't be out. Lots of runs here can get him back. Zaheer may be available for a game between the Australia ODIs and the Lanka series. He's in form in the SMA Trophy and can carry it on in FC.
Of those less likely to make the national team, Agarkar seems in the wickets, but inconsistency still shows. His batting form may add vital runs to Mumbai's innings. Likewise, the now-faded Powar, who can still chip in with enough. Dhawal Kulkarni, smashed around in T20 yet again, may set the record straight in Ranji. Youngsters Rahane, not fancied much by his IPL team, and Abdulla, a multi-skilled spinner, will also be players to watch for. They look the part in winning another Ranji title, but the competition is so tight, it looks unlikely.
"Talent is nothing without opportunity"
"You're not remembered for aiming at the target, but hitting it"
Twenty20 used to be boring.