Vijay Hazare Trophy 2022: How our boys fared

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In the final Indian domestic limited-overs tournament leading up to the 2023 mega IPL season, the season wrap is here. Six of our guys were part of the teams for their respective state sides, and here’s a look at their performance and tally in the 2022 Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Tilak Varma

Let’s not pretend to be surprised. We are not. Two centuries, half a century, and our little TV has moved from setting fire to the stage in the Indian domestic circuit to sealing an India A-spot on its forthcoming tour of Bangladesh. He started things off for Hyderabad with a 106-ball 132 studded with 10 fours and three sixes against the defending champions in Himachal Pradesh.

A few games later, he came in during the slog-overs against Saurashtra, hit a 36-ball 45, and a few more games later, has his most all-round performance – a 2/27 with the ball and an absolutely blazing knock of 126 from 77 balls against Manipur. The golden run continued in a chase against Gujarat with another over a run-a-ball knock that helped his team’s other batters take their time.

vs HP – 132*

against Tripura – 7 and 0/15

against Saurashtra – 45

vs UP-22

against Manipur – 126* and 2/27

against Gujarat – 65

against Chandigarh – 5

Ramandeep Singh

Singh is king! Ramandeep has really produced king size performances for Punjab this year. The all-rounder continued his run of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and was a thorn in the opponent’s side. He started rattling Baroda’s batting setup with a stingy fifer! In one of the ensuing matches against Odisha, he shone with the bat with a 36* as Punjab were in trouble with 168 for 5 to lead them home safely in a chase of 232.

against Baroda – 17/5

vs Jammu and Kashmir – 15* and 0/23

against Madhya Pradesh – 29 and 0/7

against Odisha – 36* and 0/17

against Nagaland – 0/15

against Karnataka – 17 and 26/0

Arjun Tendulkar

The boy from Mumbai seems to be enjoying his time with Goa. The left-armed pacer has picked up crucial wickets this season and helped his side win games against Bihar and Arunachal Pradesh. He broke the back of Bihar’s chase by sending Vikash Ranjan off cheaply before accounting for a set Surya Vansh hitting on 63. He also gave away just 28 runs in the nine overs he bowled against Arunachal Pradesh.

An economical bowler who can also pick up wickets. What else do you need!

against Andhra – 0/15

against Bihar – 2/32

vs Kerala – 2* and 0/57

v Tamil Nadu – 2/61

against Arunachal – 1/28

against Chhattisgarh – 9* and 2/44

vs. Haryana – 14* and 1/22

Kumar Kartikeya

The mysterious left arm spinner is definitely someone who would have caught the attention of voters. After an impressive Ranji and SMAT season, Kumar Kartikeya’s best showing came in the Vijay Hazare Trophy against Nagaland where he accounted for two of their top scorers.

The 24-year-old cleared Shrikant Mundhe before trapping their captain Hokaito Zhimomi for the wickets. All this adds up to a meager economy of just 2.51. Now that’s what we call a Kadak performance!

vs Jammu and Kashmir – 0* and 1/32

against Odisha – 1/23

vs Uttarakhand – 9* and 1/45

vs Punjab – 6 and 0/43

vs Nagaland – 2/18

against Baroda – 1/0

Akash Madwal

Uttarakhand’s fast right arm Akash Madhwal opened the bowling this year, taking four wickets in six matches with his best performance against Nagaland, taking two wickets to break the back of their top league.

While not big among the wickets, his ability to limit runs has been more than useful in his side’s campaign this season.

against Odisha – 0/20

vs Punjab – 8 and 1/54

against Madhya Pradesh – 0 and 1/60

against Nagaland – 2/23

against Baroda – 13 and 24/0

vs Jammu and Kashmir – 0/30

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