Group B: Bishnoi, Lomror help Rajasthan salvage one point
Jammu and Kashmir bowlers induce early panic, but the Group B match peters out into a draw
An aggressive batman and occasional left-arm spinner who has been heralded as a future prospect for India, Ashok Menaria has impressed regularly with his performances in the domestic circuit. Excelling at the under-13 and under-17 level for Rajasthan, he was handed the reins to lead the team in the U-19 Cooch Behar Trophy and Vinoo Mankad Trophy in the 2008-09 season. He made his debut in the Ranji Trophy the same year. A natural leader, he was appointed captain of the Indian U-19 side to Australia in 2009 and registered a 2-1 win in the ODIs. He also captained India in the 2010 U-19 World Cup, leading them to the quarterfinals where the team endured a narrow loss to Pakistan. A seven-month injury lay-off threatened to derail his progress but he made a determined comeback, notching up centuries in the quarter-final, semi-final and final of the 2010-11 Ranji Trophy to help his team win their first title. His talent didn’t escape notice and he was immediately drafted into the Rajasthan Royals squad for the 2011 IPL after a year with Royal Challengers Bangalore.