New and not so new, some names have cropped up from the Mushtaq Ali Trophy, that selectors can consider before they zero in on World T20 squad.
Second wicketkeepers aren’t usually picked at home. If need be, the Karnataka man is an option. His team failed to qualify, but he made 205 in 5 innings.
Highest wicket-taker of the meet with 17 from 10. Contributed as batsman too. With India struggling to find all-rounders, he could be a contender on current form.
Second highest wicket-taker with Kulkarni, the leggie returned an economy rate of 5.94. Has tons of T20 experience in these conditions, with batting as bonus.
Economy rate of 6.72 suggests he kept things tight. Struck with new ball and 15 wickets in 8 matches means he’s an option if those in the Indian team don’t deliver.
Knack for rising to the occasion has been noticed, with his ability to explode. Can be the answer to a lot of questions if he adjusts suitably at the higher level.
Finds of Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 meet
Rohan Prem | Kerala
The left-hander made 356 runs at 44.50 and strike rate of 117.10. Bailed his team out on several occasions. Only blip this season was a subdued show in Vijay Hazare one-dayers.
Nitish Rana | Delhi
The 21-year-old left-hander impressed without having much first-class experience. Played counterattacking knocks like 53 of 29 against Baroda and 60 off 44 against Jharkhand. Strike rate of 175.88, 21 sixes and 299 runs testify his clean hitting.
Akshay Karnewar | Vidarbha
Few arouse as much curiosity as him, due to his rare ability to bowl with both arms. Batsmen have been stumped by his ‘switch-bowling,’ as he changes from orthodox left-arm to off-spin. Helped team top group.