Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy is India’s domestic T20 cricket tournament. BCCI named this tournament in the year 2009-10 in the name of former Indian cricketer Late Syed Mushtaq Ali. Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021 will be its 12th edition. The tournament will start on 10 January 2021, with the final on 31 January 2021. Karnataka is the defending champion of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. As the tournament is about to start let’s look into 10 players to watch out for in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021.
10 players to watch out for in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021
1. Suryakumar Yadav (Mumbai)
Post having a great IPL with the Mumbai Indians, Suryakumar Yadav will be the center of attraction in the Mumbai Team. Perhaps, with his blistering tons in the practice matches for Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021, he will be the man to watch out for in this tournament. With the T20 world cup coming this year, SKY will be looking for making another statement to get into the Indian team.
2. Ishan Kishan (Jharkhand)
Along with SKY, Ishan also had a great IPL 2020 with the Mumbai Indians team. Perhaps, his performance for the Mumbai Indians team was one of the highlights of the tournament. Now, he is also the captain of the Jharkhand team for the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, 2021. This left-handed batsman has the skill and power to hit sixes at any time. Perhaps, he was leading the chart for most sixes by any player in IPL 2020.
3. S. Sreesanth (Kerala)
Sreesanth is the most talked-about player before the domestic season gets kicked off. He is all set to make his comeback in cricket after the gap of eight years. Moreover, with the rumors of him getting calls from IPL franchises, Sreesanth will be looking for an outstanding Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Sreesanth has his eye on playing another World Cup for India.
4. Shikhar Dhawan (Delhi)
Shikhar Dhawan will be in the limelight before the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Dhawan will look to cement his position in the Indian top order. The experienced left-hander will lead the Delhi team in the absence of players like Rishav Pant. This will be a golden opportunity for him to tell the selectors that he is still the best at top of the order in the shortest format.
5. Krunal Pandya (Baroda)
After Baroda Cricket Association axing the veteran Yusuf Pathan out of the squad for Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021, Krunal Pandya will be leading the team. With the world cup and some big series with England in the home condition, Krunal will be hoping for a comeback in the blues. With Washinton Sunder and others doing well, Krunal will be eyeing for an outstanding domestic season this year. However, his brother Hardik will not take part in this tournament.
6. Dinesh Karthik (Tamil Nadu)
As KKR might look to release DK in this year’s auction, Karthik will be desperate to perform in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Karthik will lead the Tamil Nadu team. However, with a start-studded Tamil Nadu team, DK will not only look to perform well but also win the trophy as well.
7. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (UP)
Bhuvi has been suffering from injuries off-late which has given chances to newcomers like Natrarajanj as well. Recently he got fit from his groin injury and is in the process of getting back in cricket. In this Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021, Bhuvi will look to prove his fitness to the selectors and get back in rhythm for the upcoming series.
8. Devdutt Paddikal (Karnataka)
After being the IPL emerging cricketer of the year, Devdutt was in the news. Paddikal will look to continue his IPL form into the domestic season as well. Paddikal was one of the main players for Karnataka in their last year’s success. With Manish Pandey and Karun Nair in the team, Paddikal will again look to make a name for himself and knock on the doors of selectors.
9. Ishan Porel (Bengal)
Ishan was supposed to be with the Indian test team as a net bowler. However, an unfortunate hamstring injury compelled him to be a comeback to India. After the proper rehab at the National Cricket Academy, he will be rearing to make his mark in the tournament. Despite being in the Kings XI Punjab squad, Porel did not get opportunities to show his skills in IPL 2020. As the IPL 2021 is scheduled in March- April, Porel will look to get into the ears of the IPL team management.
10. Ravi Bishnoi (Rajasthan)
Ravi has been impressive from the Under-19 world cup. His performance in the IPL 2020 was remarkable as well with the Kings XI Punjab. The leggie from Rajasthan was in the news, but he has failed to make it to the list of Indian selectors. With Rahul Chahar in the team, it might be tough for him to get e chance in the first eleven. However, if he gets a chance, he will be an exciting prospect to watch in this year’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021.
Let us know which team you will be supporting and which player you are looking forward to seeing in this year’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Tournament 2021.