Last Update on: March 19th, 2020 at 11:05 am
It has been more than three decades since Tamil Nadu won the Ranji Trophy. One of the most decorated domestic sides in India, Tamil Nadu have not won the country’s premier first-class competition since the 1987-88 season. Since that triumph, they made it to the final six times but ended up on the wrong side of the result each time.
Tamil Nadu’s last appearance in the final came in the 2014-15 season. In the recently-concluded season, they failed to go past the group stage. In their final group game, they needed an outright win against eventual champions Saurashtra to seal a miraculous progress to the knockout stage. However, Saurashtra took the lead in the first innings and Tamil Nadu had to remain content with just a solitary point as their wait for the title extended by one more year.
Tamil Nadu scored an imposing total of 424 in that crucial game but their bowlers failed to do well. Saurashtra went on to score 481 for 9 before the teams settled for a tame draw. But as Tamil Nadu desperately wait for their title drought to end, two of their star players – Vijay Shankar and Sai Kishore – have insisted that their team will win the tournament ‘very very soon’.
Sai Kishore, who was bought by Chennai Super Kings in the last IPL auction, took to Twitter to say that Tamil Nadu will win the Ranji Trophy very, very soon, writing:
“U know what. Mark this tweet.. We are winning ranji very very soon.”
U know what. Mark this tweet..
We are winning ranji very very soon.
— Sai Kishore (@saik_99) March 18, 2020
Vijay Shankar was quick to reply to the tweet, writing:
“Yes.. we will bro”
Yes.. we will bro 👍
— Vijay Shankar (@vijayshankar260) March 18, 2020
Sai Kishore made his presence felt in Indian cricket with a sensational performance in the last Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He helped Tamil Nadu make it to the final where they lost to bitter rivals Karnataka. He finished the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament as the leading wicket-taker, with 20 strikes at an average of 10.40, and an outstanding economy rate of 4.63.
As far as Vijay Shankar is concerned, things have not really gone well for him in recent times. He has fallen down the pecking order and has not played for India since the World Cup last summer.