Following its complete innings victories within the final two matches towards Railways and Chandigarh, Tamil Nadu finds itself on high of Elite Group C on the mid-point within the Ranji Trophy marketing campaign after 4 video games, tied on 15 factors with Karnataka.
It is an efficient turnaround for the workforce after dropping to Gujarat from a place of energy within the opening fixture and having just one level after the primary two encounters.
In the 2 matches at house in Coimbatore, N. Jagadeesan got here up with spellbinding knocks with a double and triple century towards Railways (245 n.o.) and Chandigarh (321), respectively. With Pradosh Ranjan Paul and B. Indrajith additionally scoring tons within the final sport, the TN batting lineup appears to be like in fine condition.
On the bowling entrance, pacer Sandeep Warrier has been the standout performer. Guest pacer Kuldeep Sen, who performed for the primary time this season towards Chandigarh, regarded in good rhythm. The workforce will hope the previous MP participant, alongside M. Mohammed, can assist Warrier within the remaining fixtures.
Similarly, spinners skipper Sai Kishore and Ajith Ram confirmed their potential on useful surfaces at house to script huge wins.
However, in an evenly matched group the place solely the highest two groups will qualify, Sai Kishore’s males can ill-afford any slip-up ranging from its subsequent sport towards Goa. Fortunately, the workforce will play two powerful opponents – Karnataka and Punjab – at house in Chennai and Salem, respectively, which ought to give it an edge.
“We got much-needed momentum in these last two matches. I think confidence in cricket is important and allows you to express yourself. Going into the next half, how we show up in the difficult moments will define the campaign,” mentioned skipper Sai Kishore.
If TN can proceed the shape it confirmed within the final two outings, it appears to be like well-placed to qualify for the knockouts of the nation’s premier home match for the primary time since 2016-17.