Ranji Trophy: Bengal hope to do good vs Delhi

Kolkata, Oct 30 (IBNS) Hoping to maintain their winning run Bengal’s seniors led by Manoj Tiwari on Saturday took flight from Kolkata for Delhi to play against a truncated Delhi squad in the Ranji Trophy opener in Elite division at Firoz Shah Kotla from Monday.

After success in the Syed Mushtaq Ali (East Zone) Trophy in Cuttack this month,  coach W V Raman, however, warned his boys against the complacent in absence of Delhi’s Virender Shewag, Gautam Gambir, and speed star Ishant Sharma between Nov 1-4 at the Kotla ground.

Without doubt, there is huge difference in winning all matches in a Twenty20 meet and remaining unbeaten in the longer version of  cricket such as Ranji Trophy, the former Test opener for India Woorkeri Raman, who took coaching this year on his second stint, said.

“My players did well in Cuttack. But four-day game is a different thing altogether. So, adaptability will be the key. I am hopeful of the players delivering when the situation demands,” Raman said.

Delhi play is very vital as Bengal will face mighty Mumbai in the second match at home.

Bengal before elevating to the Elite division year before last, had done very poor results due to collapsing from the middle after considerably good start.

Raman has introduced yoga sessions during practice in a bid to enhance patient in the players from hitting bad ball.

” It is a revival situation for Bengal this season after having experienced ups and down s in the past seasons,” Raman said. The former India batsman from Tamil Nadu said the preparations have been good and the players have been with good humour to do for the state this time in the Ranji Trophy.

Stylist batsman Manoj Tiwary retained his captaincy  and other players are Wriddhiman Saha (wicket keeper), Arindam Das, Sreevats Gowwami, Abhishekh Jhunjhunwala, Anustup Majumder, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Iresh Saxena, Soursshish Lahiri, Ranadeb Bose, Ashoke Dinda, Md Sami Ahmed, Shiv Sagar Singh, Arindam Ghosh and Avishek Chowdhury.

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