He is not well known outside cricket circles in Tamil Nadu, but Rajamani Jesuraj has become the first returnee from the Indian Cricket League to figure in a state team. The mediumpacer has been picked in a 15-man Tamil Nadu squad for the KSCA All India Invitation tournament to be played in Bangalore.
The KSCA invitational tournament is a prominent pre-season invitational tournament featuring two-day matches and has traditionally been used by teams in the south to finalise their Ranji squads.
Jesuraj had a meteoric rise in first-class cricket, being one of the quickest to 50 wickets, including a 11-wicket haul against Bengal.
He was part of a national fast bowlers' camp in Bangalore just weeks before he joined the ICL. Before he went to the ICL, Jesuraj came in for praise from opposition players like Yuvraj Singh and teammates like L Balaji.
“I never thought I would get a chance to play for TN again,” admitted Jesuraj, who claimed 51 wickets from 15 matches at 21.94 before joining the ICL.
“I am thankful to the selectors and hope I can repay the confidence shown in me.” Jesuraj added that he benefited from the ICL experience, especially picking up vital tips on preparation from coach Michael Bevan.
There was, however, no place in the squad for two other ICL players who have done well in the league — Hemang Badani and S Sriram.