Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021: 10 IPL superstars who will play in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021- With Indian Premier League 2021 slated to be played in India from April, Vijay Hazare Trophy will be the last domestic tournament to see where some of the biggest names of the game stand. Many will look to get back in form ahead of the IPL with no Ranji Trophy to fall back on.
We have listed 10 IPL superstars who will feature in the Vijay Hazare Trophy that will begin on February 20.
- Shreyas Iyer (Mumbai): The skipper of Delhi Capitals, Shreyas Iyer, is already an established name in the limited-over international cricket. The Mumbai state cricket team captain had his best year in the IPL 2020, scoring 519 runs in 17 matches at an average of 34.6. He three half-centuries. Now, the task will be to win the Vijay Hazare Trophy that Mumbai won in the 2018-19 season.
- Prithvi Shaw (Mumbai): An explosive batsman who can tear into any bowling attack on his day. While the youngster has been struggling with injuries and form, the Mumbai vice-captain will use Vijay Hazare Trophy as an opportunity to get back to the national set-up after being dropped during the Australia tour. Especially, after a quiet IPL 2020 for Delhi Capitals, he is expected to hit top gear with another IPL season around the corner.
- Dinesh Karthik (Tamil Nadu): A veteran of the game and captain of Tamil Nadu, Dinesh Karthik is revered in limited-over cricket. The Kolkata Knight Riders skipper had a poor IPL campaign by his standard, scoring only 169 runs in 14 matches. But the wicket-keeper batsman is looking to find form ahead of the IPL 2021 and has been decent in the title-winning Syed Mushtaq Ali campaign.
- Sanju Samson (Kerala): Many former cricketers consider the Kerala batsman an unbelievable talent who once gets going, smashes the ball all over the park for fun. The wicketkeeper-batsman scored an unbeaten 212 off just 129 balls against Goa last season. The carnage was brutal and every Goan bowler would remember that their whole life. While he is yet to shine in Indian colors, he is one to watch out for despite his inconsistencies. In the IPL 2020, the Rajasthan Royal batsman had a fine outing, scoring 375 runs in 14 matches.
- Shreyas Gopal (Karnataka): An all-rounder and match-winner with both bat and ball for Karnataka, Shreyas Gopal will be the vice-captain for his state in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. His domestic exploits are known but he has been shining with his leg-spin in the IPL as well. He is especially remembered for his 2019 campaign for Rajasthan Royals where he scalped 20 wickets in 14 matches. While he was not quite effective in 2020 IPL, he is still the one to look out for.
- Ishan Kishan (Jharkhand): Among India’s many wicketkeeper-batsmen to be in the fray for India selection, one bright name is Ishan Kishan. The young Jharkhand captain had a breakout IPL season for Mumbai Indians in the last season, scoring 516 runs in 14 games with an average of 57.33. But after a poor Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy campaign by his standard, the youngster will be eager to get back in his stride before IPL 2021.
- Krunal Pandya (Baroda): Krunal Pandya has been in and out of the India T20I team. But like his brother Hardik, he is too a match-winner for both Mumbai Indians and Baroda. Tasked with captaining his state team, the all-rounder will be looking to get back in his form after a poor IPL 2020 where he scored 109 runs and bagged just six wickets in 16 games.
- Robin Uthappa (Kerala): He might have been a forgotten Indian hero but Robin Uthappa’s records command respect. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman is one of the players who have played in every single IPL season. Now that he is traded to Chennai Super Kings, the former Karnataka batsman and now a Kerala player will look to hit his form to earn a place in his new side ahead of 2021 IPL.
- Nitish Rana (Delhi): While Delhi hasn’t yet announced its Vijay Hazare Trophy squad, Nitish Rana is sure to get his place in the squad. He is Mr Consistent who has been knocking on the national team door with his domestic and IPL performances. The Kolkata Knight Riders opener scored 352 runs in the last IPL and will look to continue his Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy form in the upcoming domestic ODI tournament.
- Suresh Raina (Uttar Pradesh): After pulling out of IPL 2020, the former India batsman was retained by Chennai Super Kings ahead of IPL 2021. The UP batsman is Mr Consistent of the IPL, scoring over 5000 runs in the tournament. While he wasn’t at his best in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, he will look to hit top gear ahead of IPL 2021. UP hasn’t announced the squad yet but he is expected to be included.