Parthiv keen to amend Ranji debacle

 Attributing his team’s entry into the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy to team work, skipper Parthiv Patel said that Gujarat are a very good one-day side and it was just matter of time before they delivered on the big stage.

“We have had a good season. Unfortunately in the Ranji Trophy we couldn't go to the knockouts. But we are a good one-day side. If you look at our record for the past three years, we have been doing well. It was just a matter of time before we delivered in big matches.

“Everyone has contributed in the team. In the shorter format you need everyone to play his role. Like scoring 20 runs at the end or scoring a quick 30 or 40 with the new ball. That can change the momentum, especially in low-scoring games. Bowlers have also come in and done their job,” he remarked.

Speaking on the team combination ahead of the final, Parthiv revealed that team has thought of couple of combinations considering the ‘tricky’ nature of the wicket. “We have played a lot of  games in Alur but we have played just one game here. The ball has seamed and swung here and it is a tricky wicket. We have thought of a couple of combinations. We will see the conditions tomorrow and take a call,” said Parthiv.

Parthiv asserted that his side does not worry about the opposition. “They (Delhi) are a good side. But look at Tamil Nadu... They had five players who have played Test for India and they had lot of India 'A' players. But we managed to beat them. We usually don't worry about opposition. We are focussing on our cricket.”

  Feeling upbeat about their chances, Delhi’s in-form batsman Unmukt Chand said that the youngsters in the side have remained consistent and that has been Delhi’s strength. “There are so many young players who have come in to play this season and they have made it count. It proves our mettle and shows what Delhi is capable of doing. I am really happy that we are in the final.”

Unmukt said that Delhi wanted to make a strong comeback in the one-day format, after missing the bus in the Ranji Trophy.

“We were on top of the table in the Ranji Trophy but because we lost against Assam, we could not qualify. So we wanted to get back strongly from that setback,” he said.

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