Ranji Trophy: India heroes will be in action for their respective states
The 84th edition of Ranji Trophy that begins today will see a plethora of Indian cricket stars in action besides the return of the home and away format.
Ishant Sharma (left) will lead Delhi with Gautam Gambhir as his teammate against Assam
India play their next Test from November 16 and that has allowed the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Cheteshwar Pujara to get some additional match practice and contribute to their state team's campaign in the domestic tournament.
Besides Ashwin, the presence of Test opener Murali Vijay will further bolster Tamil Nadu, who play their tournament opener at home against Andhra. Abhinav Mukund, India's reserve opener in the recent Test series against Sri Lanka, will captain Tamil Nadu.
R Ashwin (left) and Murali Vijay will turn up for Tamil Nadu against Andhra
Pujara will captain Saurashtra in the absence of Jaydev Shah. However, his India teammate Ravindra Jadeja has ruled himself out for the opening contest, according to the coach Sitanshu Kotak.
Pujara will lead Saurashtra against Haryana and Bengal will bank on Shami against Services
Test 'keeper Wriddhiman Saha and pacer Mohammed Shami will turn up for Bengal in the team's first round match against Services at Palam.
Suresh Raina will lead UP against Railways and Baroda's Yusuf (left) and Irfan Pathan vs MP
Bengal finally release Ojha
Meanwhile, Pragyan Ojha's tussle over his release finally ended yesterday when the Cricket Association of Bengal decided to give a "no objection certificate" to the former India left-arm spinner to return to Hyderabad.
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