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Ajinkya Rahane sets an example and asks Yashasvi Jaiswal to leave the field to go sledding Rival Batter


By PTI IST (Released)


In a rare act, West Zone skipper Ajinkya Rahane ordered teammate Yashasvi Jaiswal off the pitch for disciplinary reasons, setting an example on day five of the Duleep Trophy final against South Zone in Coimbatore.

Coimbatore: In a rare act, West Zone skipper Ajinkya Rahane ordered teammate Yashasvi Jaiswal off the pitch for disciplinary reasons, setting an example on day five of the Duleep Trophy final against the South Zone here. Jaiswal, 20, had a great time at bat, breaking a brilliant double century to deliver a big win for West Zone in the pinnacle showdown.

However, the same cannot be said for his time on the pitch as he found himself at the center of controversy on Sunday. His captain Rahane asked him to leave the field for going too far with the luge against south zone hitter Ravi Teja. South hitter Ravi Teja had apparently complained about the verbal volleys Jaiswal constantly fired at him as he lined up near the bat.

After being questioned earlier, Jaiswal came under fire again in the 57th when the infield umpire complained about the young hitter’s alleged verbal volleys. Jaiswal looked animated when Rahane told him about his action and sent him off, leaving West Zone with 10 men on the pitch.

Jaiswal returned to the pitch after being out for seven overs. He was later declared Man of the Match after West won by 294 points. The modest Rahane has always been like that. When Mohammed Siraj suffered racial abuse in Australia, Rahane, who managed the team in Virat Kohli’s absence, spoke to the match referee about it, but refrained from engaging with the Australians on or off the field.

Asked about the incident involving Jaiswal, Rahane said after the match: “I believe in always respecting your opponents, the referees and the match officials. So you have to deal with certain incidents in a certain way.”

West Zone annex Duleep Trophy with big win over South

The West Zone beat the South Zone by 294 runs to claim the 2022 Duleep Trophy here on Sunday, completing the formalities before lunch on the fifth and final day of play. Set an unlikely target of 529 runs for an outright victory, South Zone was knocked out for 234 in 71.2 overs, with left arm Shams Mulani (4 for 51) collecting three of four wickets to fall on the final day.

Picking up at 154 for six, South hitters Ravi Teja and R Sai Kishore defied the West’s offense for nearly two hours. Most of the South Zone’s experienced hitters failed and fell to duo Atit Sheth and Jaydev Unadkat on night four, leaving the team in dire straits. Teja (53) batted with determination and was well supported by lanky Sai Kishore, who held the bowlers at bay for 82 deliveries for his seven.

The duo added 57 runs in 157 deliveries, handling Western bowlers with caution. While Teja got three bounds and hit a six, Kishore was content to defend and spend time in the middle. Average pace Chintan Gaja broke through with the score at 203 when he had Kishore caught by Priyank Panchal.

Karnataka off-spinner K Gowtham who joined Teja made sure the bowlers in the West were made to work hard for more success. They added 23 points and threatened to extend the game after the lunch break. Mulani trapped Ravi Teja’s leg before the wicket after scoring half a century.

Basil Thampi (0) was next to go, caught by Sarfaraz Khan off Mulani before Tanush Kotian had Gowtham (17) to end South’s resistance. West Zone had amassed 585 runs in four before declaring in their second set after conceding a 57-run first-set lead to their opponents. Prolific goalscorer Sarfaraz Khan recorded a fine unbeaten century (127 from 178 balls) while Yashasvi Jaiswal had a monumental 265 in the second set to help set the game up for the West Zone led by Ajinkya Rahane. Kerala fly-half Rohan Kunnummal fought a lonely battle, scoring 93, in South’s second set.

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