After winning the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament, Tamil Nadu reached the final of Vijay Hazare Trophy. Many youngsters, who did well in those tournaments, have been named in the Ranji squad.
Dinesh Karthik, who had scored a century in the final of the Vijay Hazare, has not been named in the squad along with mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy.
As they take on Himachal Pradesh in the final on Sunday, the Tamil Nadu team management is hoping to replicate the consistent performance of the batting unit on the big day.
While Vijay Shankar will lead the 5-time champions after the success as skipper in the T20 format, the team will also have the services of their leading run-scorer in List A cricket, Dinesh Karthik.
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The only notable omission is T Natarajan, who will head to the National Cricket Academy, as he continues to struggle with fitness issues.
Sharing the good news with his fans, the batter posted a picture with his wife Dipika Pallikal and their newborns on Twitter.
RCB all-rounder Daniel Christian and his partner Jorgia Dunn received flak from a certain section of fans following the team's defeat in the Eliminator.
KKR beat DC by three wickets in a low-scoring encounter but the problem had started when Ashwin tried stealing an extra run after KKR fielder Rahul Tripathi's throw ricocheted off DC captain's body.
After KKR won the toss and opted to bat, Rahul Tripathi made 45 off 33 balls, while useful contributions also came from Nitish Rana (37 notout off 27) and Dinesh Karthik (26 off 11).
There were reports that the Test would likely go ahead as per schedule with all the Indian players testing negative for fresh RT-PCR COVID tests.
Karthik, who is now part of the IPL bubble, had commentated for the first three Tests before he left to join the KKR squad in the UAE.
The two-time former champions did not have a great run in the first phase of IPL 2021 as they could manage just wins from seven matches.
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