Indrajith named TN Ranji captain

The man with footwork and finesse at the crease thinks on his feet as well.

Recognising his qualities — solidity and flair in batting and a sharp cricketing brain — the Tamil Nadu selectors, on Monday, named Baba Indrajith as the captain for the upcoming Ranji season.

The 24-year-old Indrajith has a worthy record in First Class cricket with 2,662 runs in 42 matches at 49.29.

And centuries in contrasting formats, the Duleep Trophy and the Vijay Hazare competitions this season, have confirmed the fine form Indrajith is in.

In fact, Indrajith was away in Mumbai for a selection trial with the Rajasthan Royals when the news of him being named the state Ranji captain reached him.

Delighted

The pleasantly surprised Indrajith told
The Hindu
: “it is a honour and a great responsibility”.

He said: “I am not looking at immediate results. I am looking at a two-year process. Once we get it right, the results will come. There are issues like bench strength in pace bowling where we have to focus on. There are challenges but I am confident. We have to build a good team culture.”

He replaces Abhinav Mukund at the helm. The State side had a disastrous time in the premier domestic competition last season and left-handed Abhinav struggled with his form too.

State selection panel chief S. Sharath said to
The Hindu
, “we had a chat with Abhinav. He is very keen to contribute with the bat.”

Sharath revealed: “The decision to appoint Indrajith was unanimous. There was consensus among the selectors that Indrajith was the right person to captain the State Ranji side.”

Talking about the qualities that saw Indrajith being picked for the top job, Sharath said: “He is a dependable middle-order batsman and has a fabulous temperament which is important for a captain. And he has been around as vice-captain for quite some time now.”

Sharath added, “from what we have seen of Indrajith, he can take responsibility, absorb pressure.”

Asked what tilted the scales in favour of Indrajith over Vijay Shankar for the Ranji role, Sharath answered: “As a pace-bowling all-rounder Vijay Shankar has a heavy workload in the longer duration matches. It would not be easy for him to lead the Ranji side.” Tamil Nadu is in Elite Group ‘B’ this season along with combative sides such as Delhi, Punjab, Bengal and Madhya Pradesh.

To meet MP

The State side begins its campaign against Madhya Pradesh at Dindigul on November 1.

As captain, Indrajith will be driving the team forward.

There was consensus among the selectors that Indrajith was the right person to captain the State Ranji side.— S. Sharath


  • Indrajith has a worthy record in first class cricket with 2,662 runs in 42 matches at 49.29

  • Indrajith has a worthy record in first class cricket with 2,662 runs in 42 matches at 49.29

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