The Deodhar Trophy is a List A cricket competition in Indian domestic cricket. The tournament was named after Prof. D. B. Deodhar. It is a is a 50-over knockout competition that is played on an annual basis among the 5 zonal teams - North Zone, South Zone, East Zone, West Zone, and Central Zone.
Players like Dinesh Karthik, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, and Ravichandran Ashwin will fight it out at the Deodhar Trophy to remain in ODI reckoning. These players will fight for a spot in India’s One-Day International team and will hope to make a point in the Deodhar Trophy. The tournament will begin at the Feroze Shah Kotla, Delhi.
Three teams – India A, India B, and India C will fight it out among themselves for a spot in the final, which is to be played on Saturday, October 27.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik leads the India A side. India A side features Off Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, Test opener Prithvi Shaw, and Test triple-centurion Karun Nair and others. Dinesh Karthik will hope to utilize this opportunity to once again be in the reckoning as an attacking batsman and a reserve wicketkeeper. He has lost ground to Rishabh Pant.
Explosive batsman Shreyas Iyer captains India B team. India B side features recent Test debutant and Andhra one-day captain Hanuma Vihari, Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary, and reputed fast bowlers - Varun Aaron and Jaydev Unadkat and others.
Reputed batsmen Ajinkya Rahane leads India C team and this side features Suresh Raina too. This side has three Tamil Nadu stars- Vijay Shankar, Abhinav Mukund, and Washington Sundar. 2017 U-19 World Cup sensation Shubman Gill and Mumbai stalwart Suryakumar Yadav strengthen the batting for India C.
Suresh Raina finds himself out of the side after having played three matches in July 2018, during India’s tour of England while Ajinkya Rahane last played an ODI in India’s tour of South Africa in the 2017-18 season.
The schedule for Deodhar Trophy is as follows: India A vs India B on Oct. 23, then India B vs India C on Oct. 24 and India A vs India C on Oct. 25. Final will be held on Oct. 27.