Three-time champions Karnataka kick start their 2019 Vijay Hazare Trophy campaign with a Group A game against Hyderabad.
Four cities will be hosting the 50-over matches with the tournament set to start on September 24 and concluding 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 Plate Group respectively.
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KAR vs HYD Fantasy Team News:
Karnataka are amongst the favorites for the tournament. The squad is full of stars who can change the face of the game on their own.
KL Rahul and Manish Pandey, fresh from their T20 exploits with the Indian team against South Africa, will undoubtedly hog the biggest limelight within the squad. Pandey has been named as the captain, while Rahul will serve as his deputy in the tournament.
The 3-time champions have a solid batting line-up, with youngsters such as Devdutt Padikkal, KV Siddharth, and Abhishek Reddy, all being hailed as a good prospect. While wicket-keeper batsman Sharath Srinivas will be looking to make an impression after Indian team selectors reiterated that they are looking for a back-up for Rishabh Pant.
Karnataka are also blessed with all-rounders such as Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Pravin Dubey and Pavan Deshpande.
Bowling will be spearheaded by Prasidh Krishna, Ronit More, and V Koushik.
In addition, Mayank Agarwal will not be available for selection following his inclusion in the Indian test team for the South Africa series.
Here is Karnataka squad for the next three games:
Manish Pandey (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice-Captain), Jagadeesha Suchith, Abhimanyu Mithun, Devdutt Padikkal, KV Siddharth, Pravin Dubey, Pavan Deshpande, Abhishek Reddy, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, V Koushik, Prasidh Krishna, Ronit More, Sharath Srinivas (Wicket-keeper)
Hyderabad Team News:
Quite surprisingly, Ambati Rayudu came out of the retirement to lead Hyderabad in the 2019 Vijay Hazare trophy. The 33-year-old announced his retirement after the selectors overlooked him for the World Cup.
Mohammed Siraj is another player in the squad with the experience of representing India.
Ambati Rayudu (captain), B Sandeep (vice-captain), CV Milind, Mehdi Hasan, Saket Sai Ram, P Akshath Reddy, Tanmay Agarwal, Thakur Tilak Verma, Rohit Rayudu, Karthikeya Kak, T Ravi Teja, Ajay Dev Goud, Mohammed Siraj, Mickil Jaiswal, J Mallikarjun (wicket-keeper)
KAR vs HYD Expected XIs:
Karnataka: Manish Pandey (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jagadeesha Suchit, Abhimanyu Mithun, Prasidh Krishna, Praveen Dubey, Devdutt Padikkal, K Siddharth, Pavan Deshpande
Hyderabad: Ambati Rayudu (c), Tanmay Agarwal, Akshath Reddy, Rohit Rayudu, Bavanaka Sandeep, Jamalpur Mallikarjun (wk), Chama Milind, Mohammad Siraj, Mehdi Hasan, Palakodeti Sairam, Ajay dev Goud
Fantasy picks from this match:
Ambati Rayudu: Though he has nothing to prove to anybody at this stage in his career, the former Mumbai Indians star will certainly be looking for a premium output in this tournament.
Performance in the List A matches:
KL Rahul: It's hard to look beyond the Indian stars, for the talent is too big and irresistible. But having lost his place in the Indian Test team, Rahul will have a point to prove here. And that's the main reason why the Kings XI Punjab star is a dangerous prospect.
Manish Pandey: Another player with a big international experience. But the fact that he has been in-and-out of the team far too often for his talent, makes his inconsistency rather more baffling.
Syed Mehdi Hasan: He may not be an outright pick in your broader perspective, but the 29-year-old not only values his own wicket but can fetch some wickets as well.