Last season's runners-up Delhi open their 2019 Vijay Hazare Trophy campaign with a first-round game against Vidarbha.
Four cities will be hosting the 50-over matches with the tournament set to conclude on October 25. Chandigarh will be playing as a separate team for the first team in the Indian domestic cricket.
The 2019 revamped version will see 38 teams drawn into four groups, with 9 teams each in Group A and Group B respectively, while 10 teams have been placed in Group C and Group D respectively.
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DEL vs VID Dream11 Fantasy Team News:
Rishabh Pant has been named in the Delhi squad for the Vijay Hazare trophy, and he is expected to play at least two or three games before reporting back to for the Indian national team.
Top-order batsman Dhruv Shorey will be leading a strong Delhi group which is expected to go deep in the tournament.
Pacer Navdeep Saini leads a contingent of the high-profile player in the current Delhi squad. The 26-year-old was recently called up for the T20 home series against South Africa.
While the likes of Nitish Rana, Pawan Negi, and Kulwant Khejroli bring their Indian Premier League experience to the team as well.
Delhi squad for the 2019 Vijay Hazare trophy:
Dhruv Shorey (captain), Rishabh Pant, Himmat Singh, Hiten Dalal, Kunal Chandela, Nitish Rana, Manan Sharma, Kunwar Bhiduri, Vikas Tokas, Tejas Baroka, Anuj Rawat, Lalit Yadav, Pawan Negi, Navdeep Saini, Subodh Bhati, Kulwant Khejrolia
Wasim Jaffer has been named the captain of the Vidarbha Cricket team for the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
The veteran former Indian international will be taking over the reins of the team after regular captain Faiz Fazal suffered a hand injury while playing for India Green in the Duleep Trophy. He is a big doubt for this game.
In addition, Umesh Yadav will be available for the entire tournament after the 31-year-old failed to make the cut for India's home Test series against South Africa.
The team management named two wicket-keepers in the form of Jitesh Sharma and Akshay Wadkar in the squad.
Vidarbha squad for 2019 Vijay Hazare Trophy:
Wasim Jaffer (captain), Apoorva Wankhede, Jitesh Sharma (wicketkeeper), Akshay Wadkar (wicketkeeper), R. Sanjay, Atharva Taide, Ganesh Satish, Rushabh Rathod, Yash Thakur, Darshan Nalkande, Shrikant Wagh, Akshay Wakhare, Akshay Karnewar, Aditya Sarvate, Umesh Yadav
DEL vs VID Dream11 Expected Playing 11:
Delhi: Dhruv Shorey (c), Nitish Rana, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Pawan Negi, Himmat Singh, Hiten Dalal, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Manan Sharma, Lalit Yadav, Vikas Tokas
Vidarbha: Wasim Jaffer (c), Akshay Karnewar, Akshay Wadkar (wicket-keeper), Ganesh Satish, Apoorv Wankhede, Atharva Taide, Akshay Wakhare, Aditya Sarwate, Darshan Nalkande, Umesh Yadav, Shrikant Wagh
Fantasy picks from this game-
Rishabh Pant: Needs no introduction, for he is the new poster of Indian Cricket. His rise to the very top may have been brisk, but he is there only on merit. Expect a show here from Rishabh Pant.
Strength and weakness:
Nitish Rana: The 27-year-old will be looking at the 50-over tournament as a perfect opportunity to be in the reckoning for the lucrative Indian Premier League.
Dhruv Shorey: Has a point to prove after a rather subdued outing with India Green. Has the temperament though to emerge as a leader of the team.
Umesh Yadav: Seems to be on a slide at the moment following a very bad run in the 2019 Indian Premier League. After the selectors overlooked him for the South Africa series, the 31-year-old may be extra-motivated in this tournament.