The 2023-24 Indian Domestic season will kick off with the Duleep Trophy on Wednesday, June 27 in Karnataka. Central Zone will take on East Zone in the First Quarter-Final at the KSCA Cricket Ground, Alur to kick off the season. Shivam Mavi will be leading Central Zone, while Abhimanyu Easwaran will head East Zone.
Both the Central Zone and the East Zone boast talented players in their ranks, who will be keen to start the season on a great note. Rinku Singh, Avesh Khan, and R Saurabh Kumar will have to play a vital role in the Central Zone in the tournament. Meanwhile, Bengal players, Anustup Majumdar, and Akash Deep, who had a great season last year, will be hoping to continue the good run.
Date and Time: Wednesday, June 27 to Saturday, July 1, 9:30 AM
Venue: KSCA Cricket Ground, Alur
Live Streaming: No update yet.
The batters are likely to have a good time at the KSCA Cricket Ground in Alur. The team that wins the toss is likely to opt to bowl first in the match.
There might be some rain interruptions during the first Quater-final of the 2023 Duleep Trophy. However, they are unlikely to hamper the match significantly.
Top Player Picks
Anustup Majumdar: Bengal batter Anustup Majumdar had a great Ranji Trophy 2022-23 season, finishing as the third-leading run-scorer. He scored 867 runs at an average of 61.92, with three centuries and four fifties.
Avesh Khan: Avesh Khan will have to play a key role for the Central Zone in the 2023 Duleep Trophy. He picked up 38 wickets in eight matches in the 2022-23 Ranji Trophy, at an average of 20.13. He took three five-wicket hauls and two four-wicket hauls in the season.
Captain and Vice-Captain Choices
Captain: Abhimanyu Easwaran
Abhimanyu Easwaran has been a consistent performer in Domestic cricket over the last few years. He has amassed 6556 runs at an average of 47.85, with 22 centuries and 26 fifties. The experienced batter will be a perfect choice to be the captain of the fantasy team.
Vice-Captain: Akash Deep
Akash Deep would make a good vice-captain as he has proved his worth with the ball for Bengal. He was one of the main players, who took them to the finals of the 2022-23 Ranji Trophy.
Predicted Playing XIs
Central Zone: Shivam Mavi (C), Amandeep Khare, Vivek Singh, Shubham Sharma, Saransh Jain, Dhruv Jurel, Rinku Singh, R Saurabh Kumar, Yash Thakur, Avesh Khan, Manav Suthar
East Zone: Abhimanyu Easwaran (C), Anustup Majumdar, Sudip Kumar Gharami, Riyan Parag, Anukul Roy, Shahbaz Ahmed, Abhishek Porel, Akash Deep, Shahbaz Nadeem Mukesh Kumar, Ishan Porel
Wicket-keeper(s)- Abhishek Porel
Batters- Abhimanyu Easwaran, Rinku Singh, Anustup Majumdar
All-around- R Saurabh Kumar, Anukul Roy, Shahbaz Ahmed
Bowlers- Shahbaz Nadeem, Avesh Khan, Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep