Ajinkya Rahane and Jasprit Bumrah will have to sit out of their respective teams in the Ranji Trophy final scheduled to be played in Indore from January 11th to 14th with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) instructing the duo to instead turn out for India A in two warm-up games ahead of the three-match ODI series between England and India.
MS Dhoni, who stepped down as skipper of India’s limited overs’ sides recently, will lead the India ‘A’ team for the first warm-up match to be played on January 10,while Rahane will lead the side for the second warm-up game to be played a couple of days later.
41-time champions Mumbai overpowered Tamil Nadu to reach the final of India’s premier domestic cricket tournament, while Gujarat beat Jharkhand to earn their spot in the finals.With India’s busy international schedule, both Rahane and Bumrah have played few games for their domestic sides, though Bumrah did feature for Gujarat in the semi-final clash against Jharkhand, playing a key role picking up 6 wickets in the second innings giving his side a 123-run victory.
Both Rahane and Bumrah have been selected for India’s ODI squad as well and the warm-up games will see most of the players get a workout as the Men in Blue seek to carry forward the domination they showed England in the 5-match Test series which they comprehensively won 4-0.
The first warm-up game will be interesting with MS Dhoni leading out an Indian side for probably the last time ever as Virat Kohli takes over the reigns of the Indian side in all formats of the game.
While Bumrah is almost assured of a spot in the Indian ODI side, Rahane will have stiff competition on his hands with Yuvraj Singh ,Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav included in the limited-overs squad.