Krunal Pandya to lead Baroda in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2020/21
Indian all-rounder Krunal Pandya will lead the Baroda squad in the impending Vijay Hazare Trophy, starting February 20. Krunal, who led the team initially in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, had to leave the tournament's bio-bubble mid-way due to his father's demise. Baroda have announced a 22-member squad for the domestic 50-over championship, shared by Baroda Cricket Association secretary Ajit Lele. Here is more.
The squad comprises opener Kedar Devdhar, who led Baroda to the final of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2020/21 in the absence of Krunal. Vishnu Solanki is another notable name among others who contributed to Baroda's incredible run. Meanwhile, the bowling attack is led by the fast-bowling duo of Atit Sheth and Lukman Meriwala, and spin trio of Ninad Rathwa, Kartik Kakade and Bhargav Bhatt.
Baroda squad for Vijay Hazare Trophy: Krunal Pandya (captain), Kedar Devdhar (vice-captain), Pratyushkumar, Vishnu Solanki, Abhimanyusingh Rajput, Smit Patel (wk), Ninad Rathwa, Atit Sheth, Kartik Kakade, Lukman Meriwala, Babasafi Pathan, Dhruv Patel, Bhargav Bhatt, Bhanu Pania, Chintal Gandhi, Parth Kohli, Jyotsnil Singh, Mitesh Patel (wk), Soeb Sopariya, Shivalik Sharma, Pradeep Yadav and Pratik Ghodedra.
Baroda are placed in Elite Group A for the domestic ODI tournament alongside Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Hyderabad, Tripura, and Goa. They will begin their campaign against Goa in Round 1 on February 20. Notably, all the matches of Baroda will be held in Surat. Baroda had ended as runners-up in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament, having lost to Tamil Nadu in the final.
India's premier domestic One-Day competition, the Vijay Hazare Trophy, is scheduled to take place from February 20 to March 14. The league phase will run from February 20 till March 1. Meanwhile, the knockouts will begin with the quarter-finals on March 8 and 9. Both the semi-finals will take place on March 11, with the final on March 14.