With the fifth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) just two weeks away, the knockout round of the domestic Twenty20 tournament, the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy that starts on Friday in Mumbai, will serve as an ideal platform for players to get into T20 mode. This tournament will also be important for domestic cricketers to show their skills that might help them land an IPL contract in future.
The first edition of this tournament was held in 2006-2007 and was known as the Inter-State domestic Twenty 20 tournament. Tamil Nadu won the inaugural edition defeating Punjab by two wickets. The tournament was later renamed as the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
The group stages for 2011-12 event were held in October 2011 in the five zones (South, North, East, West and Central) with the top two teams making it to the knockouts.
New Delhi: The Rajat Bhatia-led side begins its campaign against Railways on Saturday. Delhi couldn't go much further in the knockouts of the 50-over competition at home, so they'll hope to do better this time around. Dhawan will be the man to watch.
Rajat Bhatia (cap & in pic)), Shikhar Dhawan (vc), Farman Ahmed, J Anand, Mithun Manhas, Y Nagar, Milind Kumar, Punit Bisht (wk), Pawan Negi, Puneet Mehra, Parwinder Awana, Pawan Suyal, Pradeep Sangwan, Shawez Khan & Sunny Sehrawat.
Ajinkya Rahane: The Mumbai batsman has been in good form in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and the Deodhar Trophy.
On Monday, he produced a match-winning century to help for West Zone clinch the Deodhar Trophy.
Harbhajan Singh: The out-of-favour India off spinner has been lacklusture in the domestic circuit and would be hoping to set the record straight in this event before heading into the IPL which will be crucial for his future in the Indian cricket team.
Dinesh Karthik: The TN batsman scored two tons in the South Zone one dayers, though his team failed to make Vijay Hazare Trophy knockouts stage. Karthik, bought by Mumbai Indians, would be hoping to acclimatized to his new home.
Sourav Ganguly: After successfully leading Bengal to their first domestic ODI title recently, Ganguly will be looking to help his side defend their Twenty20 title. For the skipper this would be an ideal preparation for the IPL.