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The Nagaland cricket team is a cricket team representing the state of Nagaland in Indian domestic competitions. In July 2018, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) named the team as one of the nine new sides that would compete in domestic tournaments for the 2018–19 season, including the Ranji Trophy and the Vijay Hazare Trophy.[1][2][3] However, the Telangana Cricket Association questioned the decision to include the team in the Ranji Trophy, stating that there should be qualification criteria to allow a team to compete.[4] Ahead of the 2018-19 season, Kanwaljit Singh was appointed as the team's coach.[5]

Nagaland cricket team
Personnel
CaptainRongsen Jonathan
CoachKanwaljit Singh
OwnerNagaland Cricket Association
Team information
Home groundNagaland Cricket Association Stadium

In September 2018, they lost their opening fixture of the 2018–19 Vijay Hazare Trophy, to Bihar, by 8 wickets.[6][7] In their first season in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, they finished in fourth place in the Plate Group, with five wins and three defeats from their eight matches.[8] KB Pawan finished as the leading run-scorer, with 432 runs, and Imliwati Lemtur was the leading wicket-taker for the team, with ten dismissals.[9]

In November 2018, in their opening match of the 2018–19 Ranji Trophy, they beat Mizoram by an innings and 333 runs.[10][11] It was the biggest winning margin for a team making its debut in the Ranji Trophy.[12] They finished the 2018–19 tournament seventh in the table, with two wins from their eight matches.[13]

In March 2019, Nagaland finished in last place in Group A of the 2018–19 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, with no wins from their six matches.[14] Rongsen Jonathan was the leading run-scorer for the team in the tournament, with 121 runs, and Pawan Suyal was the leading wicket-taker, with three dismissals.[15]

In July 2019, ahead of the 2019–20 cricket season, the Nagaland Cricket Association (NCA) released three outstation players, Pawan Suyal, K. B. Pawan and Abrar Kazi, following poor performances in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.[16]

SquadEdit

Name Birth date Batting style Bowling style Notes
Batsmen
Rongsen Jonathan (1986-10-04) 4 October 1986 (age 32) Right-handed Right-arm medium Captain
Sedezhalie Rupero (1997-11-15) 15 November 1997 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Oren Ngullie (1994-12-20) 20 December 1994 (age 24) Right-handed
Rohit Jhanjhariya (1990-08-18) 18 August 1990 (age 28) Right-handed
Abhishek Kaushik (1994-05-15) 15 May 1994 (age 25) Right-handed
All-rounders
Nitesh Lohchab (1992-11-18) 18 November 1992 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Hokaito Zhimomi (1986-09-24) 24 September 1986 (age 32) Right-handed Left-arm medium
Mughavi Wotsa (1992-12-06) 6 December 1992 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Toni Chishi (1995-09-11) 11 September 1995 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Manjinder Singh (1996-03-18) 18 March 1996 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Wicket-keepers
Paras Sehrawat (1997-12-03) 3 December 1997 (age 21) Right-handed
Spin bowlers
Imliwati Lemtur (1991-12-25) 25 December 1991 (age 27) Left-handed Slow left arm orthodox
Tahmeed Rahman (1998-09-26) 26 September 1998 (age 20) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Inakato Zhimomi (1992-09-21) 21 September 1992 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Pace bowlers
Rachit Bhatia (1997-09-07) 7 September 1997 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Ravi Maurya (1997-11-18) 18 November 1997 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Arun Chauhan (1996-07-07) 7 July 1996 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Jalal Uddin (1992-10-23) 23 October 1992 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Kiran Reddy (1996-12-04) 4 December 1996 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Bhavik Patel (1991-05-04) 4 May 1991 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Rahul Sharma (1996-12-21) 21 December 1996 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm medium

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Logistical nightmare on cards as BCCI announces 37-team Ranji Trophy for 2018-19 season". Indian Express. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  3. ^ "BCCI to host over 2000 matches in the upcoming 2018-19 domestic season". BCCI. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
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  5. ^ "BCCI eases entry for new domestic teams as logistical challenges emerge". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Vijay Hazare Trophy: Bihar make winning return to domestic cricket". Times of India. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Plate, Vijay Hazare Trophy at Anand, Sep 19 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  8. ^ "2018–19 Vijay Hazare Trophy Table". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
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  10. ^ "Ranji Trophy Takeaways: Unadkat Picks Seven; Mumbai in Command Against Railways". Network18 Media and Investments Ltd. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
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  12. ^ "Ranji Trophy Digest: Mixed Bag For India Stars, New States Take Baby Steps". Network18 Media and Investments Ltd. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
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  14. ^ "Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019: Points Table". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  15. ^ "Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, 2018/19 - Nagaland: Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Nagaland set to hire fresh guest players". Sport Star. Retrieved 4 July 2019.