Hardik Pandya has decided not to play in Ranji Trophy 2022. His name is not in the Baroda team announced for this tournament starting on February 10. Kedar Deodhar has been made the captain of the Baroda Ranji Team. This announcement was made on February 7. Vishnu Solanki has been made the vice-captain.
Baroda Cricket Association has announced a 20-man squad for the Ranji Trophy. Hardik Pandya has been out of the Indian team for a long time. He was part of Team India for the last time in the T20 World Cup. After this, due to back injury and fitness, he distanced himself from the selection.
Earlier, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had told that he expects Hardik Pandya to play in the Ranji Trophy. Ganguly had said, ‘Hardik was injured, and he was given a break to fully recover so that he could serve Indian cricket for a long time. I am sure I will see him at Ranji Trophy. I expect him to bowl many overs and build up his body.
Hardik will return from IPL!
28-year-old Hardik Pandya is away from bowling due to not being fully fit. Even in the T20 World Cup, he did not bowl in the initial matches. Because of this, questions were raised about his selection. At the same time, since December 2018, Hardik Pandya has not played in red-ball cricket, i.e. Test and First Class. He has also indicated that due to injuries, he has doubts about playing in these formats. It is believed that Hardik Pandya can return to competitive cricket through IPL. He has been made the captain of the new team Ahmedabad of this tournament.
Krunal will play Ranji Trophy.
On the other hand, Hardik Pandya’s brother Krunal is part of the Ranji team. This time Ranji Trophy will be in two parts. IPL will be the first phase before 2022 in which league matches will be played. This phase will last till March 15. Then there will be knockout matches from May 30 to June 26. After the year 2020, this tournament is happening now.
Baroda team is as follows.
Kedar Deodhar (Captain), Vishnu Vinod, Pratyush Kumar, Shivalik Sharma, Krunal Pandya, Abhimanyu Singh Rajput, Dhruv Patel, Mitesh Patel, Lukman Meriwala, Babasfikhan Pathan (WK), Atit Sheth, Bhargava Bhatt, Parth Kohli, Shashwat Rawat, Soeb Soparia, Karthik Kakade, Gurjinder Singh Mann, Jyotisnil Singh, Ninad Rathwa and Akshay More.