In-form wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan will be in focus when India Red take on India Green in the final of the Duleep Trophy, beginning at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday.
The five-day final, to be telecast live, will be played with pink ball and under lights.
The 21-year old Jharkhand cricketer, who is among the few wicketkeepers in line for a national call-up, has been in impressive form in recent times. He shone for India A in the first three matches of the unofficial ODI series against the visiting South Africa A team.
And Kishan’s performance will be watched with interest, especially after the national selectors have hinted at managing Rishabh Pant’s workload with a long international season at home ahead.
After featuring in three matches for India A against South Africa A, Kishan will be joining the India Red team for the Duleep Trophy final.
The India Red team, led by prolific Gujarat opener Priyank Panchal, has been well served by out-of-favour India batsman Karun Nair, who has a ton and two 90-plus scores to his name while the talented young Rajasthan batsman Mahipal Lomror cracked a ton in the final league encounter against India Green.
Himachal Pradesh batsman Ankit Kalsi too scored a century in the game against India Blue and would look to continue his good form.
Avesh Khan did the star turn in the encounter against India Green, though with the bat, as his blistering knock helped the team secure a one-run lead. The 22-year old Madhya Pradesh pacer had taken four wickets to help India Red gain the crucial lead against India Blue in their previous game.
And along with the experienced Jaydev Unadkat, Kerala pacer Sandeep Warrier and Varun Aaron, Khan will pose a stiff challenge to the India Green batting line-up.
For India Green, led by Vidarbha’s two-time Ranji Trophy winning skipper Faiz Fazal, Akshath Reddy been among runs but others would have to step up if the team has to put up a challenge against a strong India Red side.
Leg-spinner Mayank Markande has replaced Rahul Chahar for the final and he will be part of an attack that will include Ankit Rajpoot, Tanveer ul-Haq and Akshay Wakhare.
The weather hasn’t been too kind in this part of India so far, with the first two matches being affected by rain.
India Red: Priyank Panchal (captain), Abhimanyu Easwaran, Axar Patel, Mahipal Lomror, Karun Nair, Akshay Wakhare, Varun Aaron, Aditya Sarvate, Harpreet Singh Bhatia, Avesh Khan, Ankit R Kalsi, Sandeep Warrier, Jaydev Unadkat, Ishan Kishan (wk).
India Green: Faiz Fazal (captain), Akshath Reddy, Dhruv Shorey, Siddhesh Lad, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Tanveer ul-Haq, Milind Kumar, Priyam Garg, Akshdeep Nath, Ankit Rajpoot, Akshath Reddy, Akshay Wadkar (wk), Rajesh Mohanty, Mayank Markande, Jayant Yadav.