New-look Ranji Trophy still in need of a facelift
The absence of a ‘weaker group’ could make for an interesting season, but there remain creases that need ironing in the future
Wicketkeeper Nitin Saini was instrumental in Haryana’s road to the semifinals of 2011-2012 Ranji Trophy. In the last league game against Gujarat where Haryana had to win with a bonus point, his 91 in the second innings set up the match before the bowlers completed the job. In the quarterfinal, he forged an opening partnership of 152 with Rishi Dewan after Karnataka had been bundled out for 151. He scored 69 in the first innings of the quarterfinal and followed it up with 52 in the second, as Haryana scored an outright victory. Saini’s stock increased after those performances and he was noticed more. He plays for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL, under the captaincy of Adam Gilchrist.