Ranji Trophy Performance Analysis of Team J&K: Recent Past-II

  • Asif MD Hajra
  • Publish Date: Dec 2 2018 1:12PM
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  • Updated Date: Dec 2 2018 1:12PM
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Season 2016/17

With a solitary win, 3 losses and 5 draws, J&K ended 16/17 campaign with deterioration in performance compared to the previous season, as the team stood at 8th position in group A at the end of group stage. Under the captainship of batsman Mithun Manhas (erroneously mentioned as Parvez Rasool in my previous column), J&K was able to defeat Goa in its second match of the Ranji season, thanks to the heroics of all-rounder Parvez Rasool who scored a brilliant 82 in the first innings and took 7 wickets in the match including the match-winning 5-wicket haul in the second innings. The team lost to Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh besides suffering a humiliating defeat by 286 runs at the hands of Hyderabad during the 16/17 campaign.

Individually, opener Shubham Khajuria was the best batsman for J&K who run scored 777 runs in 17 innings at an average of 51.80 and strike rate of 42.67. Ian Dev Singh and Pervez Rasool were the next best batsmen during the campaign. While Ian Dev Singh scored 702 runs at an average of 46.80, Parvez Rasool managed to compile 629 runs at an average of 39.31 per innings. Parvez Rasool had the highest strike rate of 70.28. 

So far as the most hundreds for J&K go, it was the duo of Shubham Khajuria and Ian Dev Singh who scored a couple each. Incidentally, it was the veteran pacer Samiullah Beigh who besides emerging the second best bowler, has had a good season with the bat as well, as he emerged as the 5th best batsman for the state, scoring 325 runs in 14 innings at an average of 32.50 runs per innings. Samiullah’s batting included a century and a fifty as well. 

In the bowling department, Parvez Rasool was yet again the best bowler for J&K with 38 wickets in 9 matches and the best economy rate of 2.56. Parvez’s bowling included two 5-wicket hauls as well. The second best bowler was the pacer Samiullah Beigh who claimed 28 wickets in 9 matches including two 5-wicket hauls. Samiullah Beigh also shared the best bowling figures for J&K during the tournament (O-27.1, W-6, R-82, M-5, E-3.03) against Kerala.

Ram Dayal who was the best bowler J&K in the consecutive Ranji seasons previously, performed mediocre during the tournament, albeit being the 3rd best bowler during 16/17 claiming 18 wickets in 8 matches. 

Spinner Amir Aziz Sofi also performed reasonably well with 18 wickets in 7 matches with an average of 31.94 including a 5-wicket haul. 


Season 2017/18

Led by all-rounder Parvez Rasool,  Ranji 2017/18 was another poor season for J&K. Out of 6 matches played by the team, J&K won a single match, lost four and drew 1 to collect a total of 9 points in group B and ended the campaign on 5th place out of the total seven teams in the group, which was topped by Gujrat with 34 points.

After drawing the first match against hosts Rajasthan, team J&K lost three matches in a row, including a crushing defeat – by an innings and 212 runs – at the hands of star-studded Saurashtra that included international players like Ravindra Jadeja, Robin Utthappa and Chateshwar Pujara. Not even a single player among 11 played a competitive innings, neither with the ball nor the bat during the match. On the winners’ side, it was Ravindra Jadeja who scored a magnificent double hundred (201) and then went on to claim 7 wickets in two innings to emerge as the Man of the Match. It was followed by defeats against Gujrat and Kerala. J&K won the only match during the campaign 2nd -from-the-bottom team Jarkhand. The match saw significant contributions from both batsmen and bowlers including centuries by Shubham Khajuria and wicketkeeper Puneet Bisht, 9 wickets by spinner Amir Aziz and 7 by Parvez Rasool.

During the season, opener Ahmad Banday scored the most runs for J&K – 414 in 11 innings at an average of 37.64 struck at 50.30. Banday scored a hundred and 2 fifties during the campaign. He was followed by Shubham Khajuria with 337 runs at an average of 30.64 and strike rate of 44.99 runs per 100 balls. Like Ahmad Bhanday, Shubham also scored a hundred and two fifties during the tournament. Captain Parvez Rasool was the 3rd best batsman with 327 runs in 11 innings at an average of 29.73 runs per innings and a good strike rate of 75.52.          

Wicketkeeper Puneet Bisht also contributed to some extent with 297 runs in 9 innings at an average of 42.43 struck at 60.49 runs per 100 balls. Puneet was the other batsman to score a hundred during the Ranji Trophy 17/18. 

In bowling, it was the captain who besides emerging as the 3rd best batsman, also proved to be the best bowler of the state by claiming the most number of wickets – 28 during 17/18 Ranji season. His bowling performance included three 5-wicket hauls as well. Parvez was followed by paced Mohammad Mudhasir with 18 wickets and spinner Amir Aziz with 16 wickets in the tournament. 


Ongoing Season 2018-19

In the ongoing Ranji Trophy, despite roping in the India international all-rounder Irfan Pathan as mentor-cum-player, J&K have failed to make an impact this season till date. J&K started the campaign with the loss to hosts Rajasthan by 75 runs, followed by a draw against Goa in their den.

J&K hosted its first Ranji Trophy match in 3 years as they won against visitors Tripura in the Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium, Srinagar.

In the first 2 matches played, Irfan Pathan with 204 runs in 5 innings is the highest scorer for J&K. Irfan has scored the runs at an average of 51 per innings and strike rate of 69.38. Irfan has scored two fifties on course. 

Among bowlers, spinner Parvez Rasool and pacer with 8 wickets in 5 innings each are the best bowlers till now.



....To be continued