18 Feb 2019
With the countdown for the 12th edition of the Vivo Indian Premier League (IPL) well underway, the Royals have stood out with their domestic performances and demonstrated great form in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Royals such as Rahul Tripathi, Jaydev Unadkat, Sudhesan Midhun, Prashant Chopra and Shreyas Gopal’s undeniable talent and efforts have come to fruition in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Here is a look at the impact that they have had for their respective teams in the league: Rahul Tripathi leads from the front with quick-fire fifites The Maharashtra skipper; Rahul Tripathi was at his best as he smashed 51 runs off just 28 balls against Uttarakhand and led Maharashtra to a 10 wicket victory. In a match against Baroda, Rahul Tripathi and Ruturaj Gaikwad stitched a remarkable partnership in which the skipper scored a rapid 70 runs off just 49 balls, helping the team chase down the target with ease. 2 wickets a game for Jaydev Unadkat Jaydev Unadkat’s 2 wickets’ streak in three matches has lifted Saurashtra’s performance. Leading from the front, Saurshtra bowled Sikkim out for 75, while Mumbai were restricted to under 140. In the last match of the league stage against Goa, he grabbed 2 wickets which made it his third consecutive 2-fer. Sudhesan Midhun’s three-wicket spell stuns J&K Kerala leg-spinner, Sudhesan Midhun’s bowling has been eye-catching to say the least. The team scored 159 in 20 overs against Jammu & Kashmir. In his bid to rally his team, Midhun’s spell of 3/9 in 3.2 overs, dismissed Kashmir’s highest run scorers Jatin Wadhwan and Adil Reshi, leaving them with too much to scale during the chase. Prashant Chopra’s notable 68 against Tamil Nadu Tamil Nadu took on Himachal Pradesh and were limited to just 138 runs. During the chase, Himachal Pradesh found themselves in a tricky scenario at 19/2 in the fourth over. Prashant Chopra’s composure helped him smash an unbeaten 68 off 53 balls at a strike rate of 128. His 66-run stand with Ekant Sen for the third wicket ensured that Himachad faced no further obstacles. Shreyas Gopal’s hat-trick ensures a strong finish for Karnataka In a match against Mizoram, Karnataka’s Shreyas Gopal bagged 4 wickets for 8 runs in his 4 overs, ensuring Karnataka wrap the league stage unbeaten. He followed it up with tidy figures against Chhattisgarh, claiming 1/19. Coming up against Haryana, his side had to defend 139. His teammate; Prasidh Krishna started impressively, but Shreyas Gopal stole the show with a hat-trick in the 11th over pushing Haryana on the back-foot. With multiple Royals playing exceedingly well across the domestic circuit; one can only be excited about what is to come as we draw closer the most awaited league of the season. Let’s keep cheering on and rooting for our favorite Royals! Halla Bol!