The consistent performance of Mysore lads S Dhananjaya (left-arm medium pacer) and K B Pawan (wicketkeeper-batsman) in the KSCA leagues and state age group tournaments was acknowledged with their inclusion in the state squad for Bengal tie, while off-spinner and middle order bat Amit Verma, who has been knocking at the doors of the state Ranji team, also makes his way to the squad.
Karnataka will sorely miss the service of the dashing opener Robin Uthappa, who is on national duty for the forthcoming Windies series. Robin, who scored three centuries and as many half-centuries in seven games, played a key role in leading Karnataka to the knockout stage.
In batting Karnataka looks solid with skipper Yere Goud holding the fort with marathon knocks, while Raghu and Tilak Naidu are keen to continue the purple patch, which they struck in the Group stages. Besides it is heartening to know that Barrington, who went through the lean patch in the early stages, found his lost touch by crafting a neat ton against Saurashtra. But it is the inexperienced bowling that worries team management.
For two reasons Bengal starts as favourite ahead of this crucial tie, despite the fact that they are missing seasoned campaigner Ganguly in their cadre.a) Bengal boosts good pace attack as they have quality seamers like Randheb Bose and Ashok Dhinda
The squad: K T Yere Goud (Capt), Barrington M Rowland, Bharat Chipli, C Raghu, Deepak A Chougale, V S Thilak Naidu (wk), Sunil B Joshi, R Vinay Kumar, B Akhil, Udit B Patel, Raju R Bhatkal, Amit A Verma, Devraj T Patil, K B Pawan and S Dhananjaya.
Coach: B K Venkatesh Prasad, Manager: J Abhiram and Physio: Ramakanth.