The Ranji Trophy quarterfinals kicked off today, with all four games held in Bengaluru. Karnataka, Mumbai and Punjab featured three of the national squad’s eminent back-up openers, but it was a rough day out for them all. Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, and Mayank Agarwal, who dropped down the order, all fell for low scores in their side’s first innings.
Prithvi Shaw, opening for Mumbai, fell after making a brisk 21(20) against Uttarakhand. He struck four fours and looked in fluent touch, his short innings a continuation of his blistering form from the recently concluded IPL. Shaw couldn’t convert on his start though, and was bowled by medium-pacer Deepak Dhapola in the morning session. A great season for the Delhi Capitals saw him scoring 283 runs in the 10 innings that he played for them at a S.R. of 156, before dropping out of the last few matches of the tournament with a fever.
Shubman Gill managed to score only 9(9) for Punjab. He hit a couple of fours before being bowled by Puneet Datey, right-arm medium pacer from Maharasthra in the fifth over of Punjab’s innings. Gill too is coming off a successful IPL season, where he was acquired by 2022 title winners Gujarat Titans after three years with Kolkata Knight Riders. He made 483 runs this season from 16 innings, averaging 34 while striking at 133.
Mayank Agarwal opened for Karnataka against Uttar Pradesh, but if he was mistaken if he hoped the Ranji trophy would signal his return to form. He scored 10(41) balls before edging one off Shivam Mavi.