Originally Posted by Arjun
Just the finishing touches to show how irrelevant Ranji Trophy experience is. Blokes who've worked harder for their runs but still unlucky to miss out on an India berth (Badri, Kaif, Mazumdar) are now rendered irrelevant by some flat-track show-off in a tournament full of flat tracks, poor bowling, second-string sides with no overseas or Test team players in action. And yet we mock the IPL, just because it is a 'party', 'circus' league. It is also insulting towards those players who earned not just their India caps, but also every single run or wicket in Ranji Trophy.
Both Saurashtra and TN are playing dull, negative cricket by batting out two days, when they should have tried to get a few opposition wickets in. Do they have the bowling to take 20 wickets on flat decks in two days? They don't.
Also disappointing is the scheduling, as even though there's no Test on now, the Test starts on the day after this round ends. Worse, this round is missing Zaheer, Irfan, Ishant, Praveen Kumar, RP Singh, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Harbhajan, Ashwin, Munaf, Ojha- the entire bowling probables roster! And then you wonder how a mediocre batsman gets three triple centuries, when far superior blokes have struggled for their doubles.
Awana's continued good show with the ball, Rishi Dhawan's (also Bhuv Kumar's and LR Shukla's) continued all-round success, as also Nadeem, Gupta and Konwar getting wickets, is far more relevant than this new trend of successive triple centuries.