Ranji Trophy performance analysis of Team J&K:Recent Past

  • ASIF M D HAJRA
  • Publish Date: Nov 18 2018 9:24PM
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  • Updated Date: Nov 18 2018 9:24PM
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A new story! It all unfolded in season 2013-14 when team J&K qualified for the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy, first time in its cricketing history. The state team then under captainship of ParvezRasool managed to draw their game against Tripura and book a place in its maiden quarter-final of Ranji trophy, only to lose though, against mighty Punjab by 100 runs. Whatever was the result of the quarterfinal, team J&K was one among the top eight teams in Ranji trophy that season.  J&K’s best performance in Ranji Trophy prior to this was pre-quarter final berth in 2000-01.

Ranji Trophy 14/15

While this ‘new story’ cricket team of J&K had a good opening with 2013-14 Ranji trophy performance, it has failed to fulfil its promises of a new cricketing era in the state. Following a historic cricketing season, Ranji Trophy 2014-15 was miserable. Out of 8 matches played in the group stage, team J&K lost 3 and drew 4 matches after a scintillating win in the opening match against the most successful Ranji team – Mumbai, having won Ranji Trophy 40 times till then.  J&K, at the end of group stage figured at the bottom of the table in group A with 12 points and relegated to Group C for 2015-16 Ranji Trophy.

During Ranji Trophy 2014-15, Ian Dev Singh was the highest scorer for J&K with 618 runs in 14 innings at an average of 51.50 and striking rate of 63.19. Ian’s figures included a hundred and 4 fifties. ShubhamKhajuria was the next best batsman with 311 runs in 7 innings at an average of 44.42 per inning. Shubham’s performance during 2014-15 Ranji Trophy was even more memorable for his match-winning performance against Mumbai – the only match team J&K won during that Ranji season, scoring a hundred (107) in the first inning, followed by a half-century in the second inning (78), for which Shubham was adjudged ‘Man of the Match’. Captain ParvezRasool scored meagre 286 runs in 13 innings at an average of 22. Surprisingly, it was the bowler Ram Dayal who emerged as the next best batsman in terms of the number of runs scored, compiling 267 runs in 10 innings he played at a decent average of 38.14., including a magnificent 124 not out against…….. 

In the bowling department, Ram Dayal was exceptional again with 27 wickets in 10 innings at an average of 24.25 and economy rate of 3.07. His bowling included a two 5-wicket haul in 7 matches. Spinner WaseemRaza with 15 wickets in 10 innings emerged as the next best bowler for J&K at an average of 35.53 and economy rate of 3.32. ParvezRasool with 13 wickets in 11 innings was the next best bowler of the tournament for J&K. His bowling average was 50.23 and economy rate was 2.93.          

Ranji Trophy 2015-16

In Ranji season 2015-16, after drawing its first match at home in Sher-i-Kashmir stadium in Srinagar against Kerala, J&K suffered a humiliating 10-wicket defeat at the hands of hosts Himachal Pradesh, followed by another 9-wicket home defeat against Services at GGM Science college ground, Jammu. Failing to win a single match in its 15-16 campaign, with 3 losses and 5 draws, J&K with 9 points only managed to figure at the 7th position in group C, ahead of Hyderabad and Tripura.

Looking at individual performances, Ian Dev Singh continued to emerge as the best batsman for J&K scoring the most runs - 773 runs in 15 innings at a handsome average of 59.46 per inning with a strike rate of 59.10.  Ian with the highest score of 127, scored two hundred and three fifties during 15/16 Ranji trophy. 

Yet MithunManhas was the best batsman for J&K in terms of average per inning at 81.28, scoring 569 runs in 9 innings struck at 64.80 per 100 balls. ParvezRasool like his previous Ranji season, was the third best batsman for J&K with 617 runs in 15 innings at an average of 56.09 runs per inning. Parvez scored two tons and 3 fifties during the tournament. Ironically, opener ShubhamKhajuria did not have a good 15/16 Ranji season, as he managed to score only 346 runs at a poor average of 23.06 and below par strike rate of 35.70.               

Among bowlers, it was Ram Dayal who yet again proved to be the best bowler in J&K, claiming 20 wickets in 12 innings followed by Umar Nazir with 16 wickets in 11 innings. All-rounder ParvezRasool stood 3rd in the bowling department also, having claimed 15 wickets in 12 innings at an average of 56.80. 

Besides the highest number of wickets for J&K in 15/16, Ram Dayal also had the best bowling figures of 5/55 against Hyderabad, most 5-wicket hauls (1) and best economy rate at 2.83 in 12 innings.        

Ranji Trophy 16/17

With a solitary win, 3 losses and 5 draws, J&K ended 16/17 campaign with deterioration in performance compared to the previous season, as the team stood at 8th position in group A at the end of group stage. The team was able to compile second least 15 points on the table at the end of 9 matches, the least being 14 points attributable to bottom-of-the-table teams - Tripura and Chattisgarh.   

After drawing its first match against strong Kerala, J&K managed to pick-up a comprehensive win against mediocre Goa, thanks to an all-round performance by captain ParvezRasool, scoring a hard 82 runs in 83 balls in the first inning and claiming 7 wickets in the match including the match-winning 5-wicket haul in the second innings, thereby helping its team to clinch a 116 run win.

The winning performance was followed by 4-wickets defeat at the hands of Andhra Pradesh, a draw against Services, 5-wickets defeat gainst Himachal Pradesh, two consecutive draws against Haryana and Tripura, a massive defeat of 286 runs against Hyderabad and finally a draw against bottomersChattisgarh.

(To be continued)