The City of Maharajas and Palaces is being decked up for two reasons, the coming Dassara season’s festivities and the four-day match between the India A and West Indies A at the Gangotri Glades starting on Wednesday.
When Mysore hosted the Ranji Trophy final between Karnataka and Mumbai in 2010, the Gangotri Glades was overflowing with spectators. With some big and familiar names in the India A line-up and the visitors as well, the scenario will be much the same again.
India A will be led by Cheteshwar Pujara, while the West Indies A team will be captained by Kirk Edwards, who has two Test centuries to his credit.
The Indians lost the one-day series 1-2 but won the only T20. The four-day game, a different ball game altogether, is sure to bring the best out of both sets of players, keeping in mind the impending tours for the senior teams. Players will be fighting to catch the eye of the selectors.
Pujara has been doing well for the national side and has a string of good scores to his credit.
Manpreet Juneja, Jiwanjyot Singh, Karnataka lad KL Rahul, Rajat Paliwal and Harshad Khadiwale are also capable of doing well.
Ashok Dinda, Mohammed Shami, Ishwar Chand Pandey and Parvez Rasool make up the Indian attack and at least on paper, they can pose problems for the visiting batsmen.