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Ranji Trophy 2023-24: Top 5 bowling all-rounders to watch out for in domestic circuit

Ranji Trophy 2023-24: Top 5 bowling all-rounders to watch out for in domestic circuit. Young bowling all-rounders to watch out this Ranji season.

Ranji Trophy 2023-24: Top 5 bowling all-rounders to watch out for in domestic circuit | Walking Wicket (Images_ ©X_Twitter)
Ranji Trophy 2023-24: Nishant is one of the young talents to watch out (Images: ©X/Twitter)

The Ranji Trophy is the ideal platform for youngsters to make a mark and get noticed by the BCCI selectors for national selection. With Ranji Trophy 2023-24 in full swing, here’s a look at the top five bowling all-rounders to watch out for in the Ranji circuit.

Manav Suthar (Rajasthan)

Manav Suthar is of the mould of Ravindra Jadeja. He bats and bowls left-arm orthodox spin bowling. He is just 21 years old, plays for Rajasthan and will be completing two years in First-Class Cricket, zeroing in on 50 wickets. The youngster currently has 46 wickets at an average of 20.77 in 9 matches with 2 five-wicket hauls and 2 ten-wicket hauls in a match. 

He has been knocking on the selector’s door after he took 39 wickets in 6 games for Rajasthan in the last Ranji season. In the 2023 ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup, Suthar emerged as the joint second-highest-wicket taker with 10 wickets. He is known for deceiving the batters in the air and off the pitch, thanks to his flight, length, and variable pace. The all-rounder is also a good batter, and has 2 fifties to his credit in First-Class games, with the highest score of 96 not out.

⁠Nishant Sindhu (Haryana)

Among the many lit faces who held the 2023 IPL trophy aloft was Chennai Super Kings youngster and Haryana all-rounder Nishant Sindhu. He didn’t get a game in IPL 2023, but if Chennai have punted on the 22-year-old all-rounder, he has to be special. The southpaw helped India lift the U-19 World Cup trophy by cracking 50 not out in the chase of 190 against England.

He was the highest wicket-taker in the ACC Men’s Emerging Asia Cup 2023 with 11 wickets. He is already making waves in the ongoing Ranji Trophy, bagging the Player of the Match award in the recently concluded clash against Saurashtra where he took 6 wickets and scored 24 runs. He dismissed the Test veteran Cheteshwar Pujara in the match. Overall, he has scored 953 runs at an average of 36.65 with 3 tons and taken 33 wickets in 16 First-Class matches.

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Tanush Kotian plays for Mumbai in Ranji Trophy (Images: ©X/Twitter)
Tanush Kotian (Mumbai)

Tanush Kotian is known for his character as the 25-year-old all-rounder has always been amidst the action. He helped Mumbai win the 2022 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy against Himachal Pradesh with a last-over six in the final. He was adjudged player of the final for his 3/15. A year later, he batted with six stitches in his right hand to help Mumbai to a first-innings tie against Maharashtra in Ranji. 

He is a vital member of the Mumbai Ranji team, giving depth to the batting order, and is part of the spin combo with Shams Mulani. In the recently concluded Ranji Trophy clash against Andhra, Kotian scored a vital 54 batting at no 8. Overall, Kotian has scored 754 runs at 44.35 with 8 fifties and taken 47 wickets in 18 First-Class matches.

⁠Nitish Reddy (Andhra Pradesh)

The Andhra Pradesh all-rounder has a back story where his father quit his job after he was handed a transfer to Udaipur and decided to focus on his ward’s cricketing future. Reddy was just 12 then, but now at 20, he is living his and his father’s dream. Earlier, for the 2017-18 season, he was named the BCCI Best Cricketer in the Under-16 age group. He scored 441 runs off 366 balls with 60 fours and 7 sixes against Nagaland in the Vijay Merchant Trophy 2017/18 U-16 trophy. 

He has also developed into a good medium-pacer. His rise to fame saw him earn an IPL contract with Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2023. Although his First-Class performances do not do justice to his talent, he is one of the young all-rounders to look out for in the current Ranji circuit. He has scored 260 runs with one fifty and taken 34 wickets in 12 First-Class matches.

Shubhang Hegde (Karnataka)

The Karnataka all-rounder is the player to watch out for in the current Ranji circuit. The left-hander batter has scored 200 runs with 1 fifty and taken 14 wickets with his left-arm orthodox bowling. He has the best bowling figures of 4/74. Although he has modest returns in his budding career in First-Class cricket, Hegde is rated highly for his cricketing skills in the domestic circuit. 

In the last Ranji game against Gujarat which Karnataka lost by 6 runs, he played a good counter-attacking innings of 37-ball 27 with 3 fours and 1 six in the last innings on a worn-out pitch but could not help his team avoid a defeat. He was the second-highest scorer in the last innings of the match and showed glimpses of his rich talent. With the ball, he took 2 wickets in the match.


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