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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Duleep Trophy turns pink !!

Pink revolution refers to the modernisation of the meat and poultry processing sector ~ am no person to write on that !

Nawanagar was an Indian princely state in the  region of Kathiawar, located on the southern shores of the Gulf of Kutch. It was ruled by the Jadeja dynasty until 1948 when it became a part of newly formed India. The district is now known as Jamnagar.  Its rules were the mighty  Hindu Rajputs.  From here came the famous cricketer and ruler - Jam Saheb Ranjitsinhji after whom the premier Cricket tournament is named.  There is another domestic tournament – the Duleep Trophy, earlier a prestigious one played  between teams representing geographical zones of India [ 5 : South; North; West; East and Central].  Named after Kumar Shri Duleepsinhji of Nawanagar (also known as "Duleep") – for long was the platform for National selection.   The competition was started by the Board of Control for Cricket in India in the 1961–62 season. The inaugural tournament was won by West Zone who defeated South Zone in the final by 10 wickets.

A cricket ball is not a perfect sphere. The seam of the ball is the circular stitching which joins the two halves of the cricket ball. Hence, the seam joining the pieces of leather is circumferential and the stitching is noticeably raised.

Away, there has been lot of talk of using the pink ball - Australia trialled night sessions using the pink ball during the domestic Sheffield Shield season and  mooted hosting a first day-night test against New Zealand.  After Kerry Packer-promoted Pyjama cricket – coloured uniforms, white ball, floodlit daynight one-day matches in 1977 – cricket is now headed for day-night Tests.  Though there are reports suggesting that the overwhelming majority of players believe the pink Kookaburra ball isn't yet ready for test cricket- for the reason that it goes soft very quickly, does not  swing and seam and more importantly does not ‘reverse-swing’ – it is all happening in Greater Noida in India. 

From a premier tournament catapulting players to National honours, Duleep Trophy has gradually steeped towards insignificance. The 2013-14 final was washed out with just a handful of overs bowled because of incessant rain and a wet outfield. 

Allotting Kochi the match during the peak monsoon season spoke of the tournament's irrelevance … now at Greater Noida, teams named India Red, India Green, India blue are facing real test in 2016 edition.

The matches are to be played by trialling the pink ball under lights before hosting a day-night Test. 

While the latest innovation has been ruled out for the home series against New Zealand, the success of this season's Duleep Trophy could be a significant step towards hosting India's inaugural pink ball Test in the near future.   For the players though, the focus will largely be on getting acquainted to the pink ball under lights. The ball being used isn't the traditional SG ball used for games in India. Instead, in comes the Kookaburra from Australia while SG continues to test out their variant of the pink ball.
pic credit : aajtak

Kookaburras (genus Dacelo) are terrestrial tree kingfishers native to Australia and New Guinea. The name is a loanword, onomatopoeic of its call. The kookaburra's loud call sounds like echoing human laughter. The Australia men's national field hockey team have the nickname ‘kookaburras’

Have read that the finals of 1975 Duleep trophy was played between South Zone and North Zone at Chepauk, Madras.  SZ were ably led by Srinivasan Venkatraghavan.  Batting first South made 390; Brijesh Patel scored a century; V Krishnaswamy made 50; Michael Dalvi, Roger Binny, Gundappa Vishwanath all made 40s.  Mohinder Amarnath, Madanlal, Bishan Bedi, Shukla, Vinay Lamba were the bowlers ~ most successful was Rajinder Singh Goel who took 7/98.  For North Chetan Chauhan and Venkat Sundaram opened; Surinder Amarnath made an unbeaten 122;  as they were all 0ut for 291. Chandra took 5/70.   In the 2nd, other than Viswanath none scored, as SZ were bundled out for 134.   Bedi and Goel took 5 each, while Goel’ s figures were 25.1-11-36-5. North were bowled out for 196 as South won by 37 runs.  Venkat broke the middle with 5/62.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

23rd Aug 2016. 

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