This year’s Vijay Hazare Trophy is in the final stages and new stars are coming to the limelight with every game that is being played. With the group stages of the tournament done and dusted, here are our Top 5 performer’s from the tournament
Abhinav Mukund (Tamil Nadu)
Abhinav Mukund was first called up to represent Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy in 2007 after the young batsman had scored a double ton on his under 19 tour to Sri Lanka. He scored a debut 100 in his very first Ranji Trophy game. The stylish left hander has always been the go to man for the state and he has delivered more often than not. Mukund is the highest run getter in this season’s Vijay Hazare Trophy. He has scored 560 runs from 9 innings at an average of 70, including four half centuries and a ton. His highest score this season came against Tripura where he smashed 131 n.o. off just 100 balls, helping TN register an easy win.
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Delhi born Yashpal Singh made his Ranji Trophy debut for Services against Delhiback in 2001-2002 and played for Services for 15 years, Tripura for a couple of years and is currently playing for Manipur. He’s had one of the finest tournament of all. He has scored 488 runs in just 6 innings at a whooping average of 122 and has been dismissed only 4 times in the tournament. He also scored 3 centuries in the process and his tons came against Mizoram, Bihar and Meghalaya.
Varun Chakravarthi (Tamil Nadu)
Varun Chakravarthi played a huge part in Madurai Panthers’s title victory in the third edition of the TNPL. Even though he did not feature in the top 10 wicket taker’s list, his ability to bowl dot balls definitely compensated for that. He bowled as many as 79 dot balls in the seven group games, the most by any bowler. Varun has continued his form coming into the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He is the leading wicket taker in the tournament with 22 wickets from 9 games, at an average of 16.68 and an economy rate of 4.23, including a 5 fer against Services.
Shahbaz Nadeem (Jharkhand)
Shahbaz Nadeem is one of the most consistent wicket takers for Jharkhand. He bagged 51 wickets in the 2015-16 Ranji season and 56 wickets in the next season. Nadeem had one of the best moment of his life in this year’s Vijay HazareTrophy when he picked up 8 wickets while giving away just 10 runs against Rajasthan in Chennai. Nadeem broke a 21 year old record in the process when he finished with the best figured in a List A game, the previous record being 8/15. The eight wickets that he picked included a hat-trick helping Jharkhand bowl out Rajasthan for a mere 76. He is also the second highest wicket taker in the tournament after Varun, with 21 wickets from7 games.
Rahul Chahar (Rajasthan)
The younger of the two Chahar’s, the Leg Spinner has had his own share of success. He played three games for Rising Pune Supergiants and then went on to England to play for India Under-19 and was one of the highest wicket takers on the tour. Rahul missed most of the 2017-18 season owing to injuries but this year has been very good to him so far. He has had a fruitful Vijay Hazare Trophy, picking up 20 wickets from 9 games at an economy of 4.28 runs per over. Chahar even has a 5 wicket haul against his name in the tournament against Services when he finished with fugures of 5/28 in the game.