Saturday, December 16, 2023

Rajasthan made it to the final because to teamwork

 State group faces Haryana with eyes on Vijay Hazare Prize

JAIPUR: The current Rajasthan team's Vijay Hazare Trophy campaign can be summarized in two words: ruthless and unwavering. Right from the gathering stage to the elimination round, the Deepak Hooda-drove side have been clinical in their methodology as they entered the last after eight undefeated games.

In the summit matchup that will take place in Rajkot on Saturday, Rajasthan will take on Haryana, which is just a step away from glory.

As of not long ago, the 50-over design was viewed as Rajasthan's fatal flaws. Subsequent to arriving at the finals in 2006-07, their next best execution was in 2021-22 when they came to the pre-quarterfinals. Following 17 years, the group at last looks ready to clear the last obstacle - getting their hands on the sought after prize.

Out of numerous things that went in support of themselves, Hooda has had an effect in the group's fortune. The Haryana-conceived player, who prior played for Baroda, moved to Rajasthan in 2021. He has been significant in reinforcing the group's center request, an office that required work. Rajasthan needed a batter in Hooda to keep the innings together in the event of a top-order collapse. or of someone who could finish a good start strong. Hooda marks every one of the crates.

With a match-winning score of 180 off 128 balls against Karnataka, the 28-year-old Hooda led from the front in Thursday's semifinal, which Rajasthan won by six wickets.

This year is no exception to Rajasthan's dominance in the bowling department. Rajasthan's bowling unit, led by Aniket Choudhary and featuring Khaleel Ahmed, Arafat Khan, Rahul Chahar, and Ajay Kookna, is regarded as one of the best in the domestic circuit and is capable of challenging any opposition.

Hooda attributes Rajasthan's success in the tournament to a "team effort." "We have lost six tosses in eight games and have batted in tough situations," said head coach Anshu Jain. Batting unit hasn't disheartened us. The team's younger members have the talent, and their use of it has improved. We are getting good results for this reason. Both the bowlers and the players have done well to take Rajasthan to the last," Jain said.

"In the semifinal, Deepak took charge and had Karan (Lamba) to support him," the head coach said of the batting performance. "In the quarterfinal, it was Mahipal (Lomror) who played a big knock and got support from Kunal (Singh Rathore) from the other end." Prior to that, Abhijeet Tomar had a significant role to play in his association with Ram Mohan Chauhan. Therefore, it has been a group performance."

The fact that Haryana, like Rajasthan, has never lost in the tournament only heightens the anticipation for the championship game. Regardless of who wins, Vijay Hazare Prize will get another champ this season.

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