After a sensational international debut against Australia, Punjab’s left-arm quick Barinder Sran missed the Irani Cup match due to a shoulder injury and is undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru under physiotherapist Andrew Liepus. He is pursuing core and strengthening exercises at the NCA to regain match-fitness at the earliest. With the Indian Premier League (IPL) starting on April 10, he would be keen to get match-fit and hope to compete in the tournament for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
After claiming three wickets in Perth, his performance dipped in the following two matches as he went wicketless. Back from Australia, Sran joined his coach Amit Uniyal in Chandigarh and worked on his fitness. After a while, it became imperative for the bowler to go at NCA for specialized advice and rehabilitation.
Sran came into limelight during his Ranji Trophy outings for Punjab. He picked 18 wickets during the league stage of Ranji Trophy. The 23-year old, who played for Rajasthan Royals in the 2015 IPL, was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 1.2 crore in the auction ahead of the upcoming edition of the IPL. He will be looking forward to showcase his abilities in the forthcoming edition of the IPL.
“Injuries are part of fast bowlers’ lives. Sran should not be bogged down by injuries and work hard on fitness. I am sure he will be back from NCA, recovered and fit. There will be sometime ahead of the IPL to train and become match-fit,” added coach Uniyal, who has 89 first-class wickets to his credit.
North Zone women have a poor outing in Senior Women’s three-day zonals
The North Zone women’s team led by Delhi’s Latika Kumari disappointed with their performance during their four matches in the ongoing senior women’s three-day zonal tournament in Guntur. North Zone women are winless in the tournament and finished with a mere three points in its kitty.
The North Zone women lost one game and drew the other three. However, some of its cricketers like Taniya Bhatia, Reema Malhotra did well in the batting department while Preeti Bose and Mansi Joshi shone in the bowling line-up.
Bhatia, who belongs to Chandigarh, scored 202 runs in six innings while Reema Malhotra made 153 runs in six innings. Meanwhile, left-arm spinner from Haryana, Bose, who recently made her India debut, took 12 wickets in the six innings she bowled. Medium-pacer Joshi from Haryana impressed with 10 wickets in six innings.
Apart from North Zone, South Zone, Central Zone, East Zone and West Zone are competing in the tournament. Playing their last match in the tournament, Central Zone stands tall in the tally with 11 points.
Umesh Kumar Trophy gets underway
The Umesh Kumar Trophy for Under-23s under the aegis of Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) got underway at different venues of Punjab districts from March 10. The teams have been divided into two pools for the competition. Pool-A consists of Chandigarh, Zone-B, Amritsar and Ludhiana while Pool-B will comprise of Patiala, Zone-A, Jalandhar and Mohali.
All the matches will be of four-day duration. The matches will be played in Chandigarh, Patiala, Mohali, Jalandhar and Amritsar. The league stage of the tournament will finish on March 24. The first semi-final will be played from March 17 to 30 between the No.1 team of Pool-A and No.2 team from Pool-B while the second semi-final will be between the No.2 of Pool-A and No.1 of Pool-B. The final will be played from April 2 to 5, 2016. The venue of the semi finals and finals will be announced by the association at a later date. This is the first tournament by PCA for the 2016-2017 season. The Punjab U-23 team had reached the quarter-finals for the U-23 Col. C.K. Nayudu Trophy 2015-16.