A Fabulous Ranji season notwithstanding,Punjab’s newest star Jiwanjot Singh will consider himself unlucky for not being given a chance to feature in the playing XI in the Vijay Hazare 50-50 tournament.
As Punjab crashed out,losing to Kerala in the quarterfinal today,eyebrows were raised as Jiwanjot sat out as he wasn’t selected in the XI. And that despite having aggregated 995 runs to emerge as highest scorer in Ranji season.
It was due to his batting at the top that Punjab could record outright victories in Ranji but the decision to make him sit out made the team pay in this format.It has been learnt that Jiwanjot wasn’t given a chance because he didn’t feature in the North Zone leg where Punjab topped the table. Also,the management didn’t want to disturb the winning opening pair.
After that he couldn’t play in the North Zone league games as he named in the Board President XI that played against the visiting Australians in the three-day game. But not playing him in the quarterfinal was shocking as Punjab chose to open with Chandan Madan and Ravi Inder Singh. Kerala,however,were not complaining as they stunned Punjab by 46 runs as the latter failed to chase down 320.
It was the combination of Ravi Inder Singh and Chandan Madan that opened the innings for Punjab. While Ravi Inder made 15 runs,Madan scored 5 runs. Punjab failed to chase the massive target of 320 runs.The 22-year old,trained by former Punjab player Mahesh Inder Singh,will have to wait till next year for his chances in this format.