Out of sorts looking J&K Ranji trophy team would take on resurgent Tripura side in its seventh match of the Group-C Ranji trophy tournament at Sharad Pawar Cricket Academy BKC, Mumbai on Monday.
JK team is being led by International cricket, Parvez Rasool, as skipper Mithun Manhas had to call it quits due to injury.
Tripura who are considered minnows have given some brilliant performances this season. Despite having played one match less than J&K, they are placed on sixth place on the points table compared to J&K at ninth place.
The record may go in favor of J&K in the match but the recent form backs Tripura. In the five matches played, this season, Tripura has registered win in one, two defeats and two draws. J&K has played six matches in which they registered win only in one match while as suffered defeat in two matches. They have also played three draws but conceded first inning lead in two of them.
From the beginning of the season, questions were raised over the inclusion of non-local players in the squad as well as some players who have no solid cricketing background. After some dismal outings skipper, Mithun Manhas opted out due to back injury that allowed Parvez to take charge of the side. From the non-local players only Puneet Bist has played all the matches so far while as selectors have also boosted side with new players.
Though the top stars like Parvez Rasool, Shubham Khajuria and Ian Dev have been consistent for the side, it is loss of composure at crucial junctures that has cost team mostly.
In the first match of the season, J&K played draw against Kerala but south Indian side took first inning lead points. In the second match, J&K registered 116 run win against Goa. In the third match, Andhra Pradesh registered shock last day victory after bundling out J&K for 111 in second innings. In the fourth match J&K again played draw against Services with team taking first inning lead points. In the fifth match J&K were defeated by Himachal by five wickets. The six match of the season was against Haryana, in which J&K conceded first inning lead.
"We have been unlucky for most part of the season. At times we dominated the most of the play but some lose sessions cost us the matches," said a JK team member.
"Tripura this season have been good and that reflects on points table as well. The psychological edge will be on our side as we have dominated them in recent past. However, as venue is neutral it will give advantage to none," he said.