Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021-22: Karnataka SWOT Analysis

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SWOT Analysis of Karnataka

The domestic men’s One Day League named Vijay Hazare Trophy kicks off on December 8. A total of 38 state teams will compete for the coveted trophy. The final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021-22 is scheduled to take place on December 26.

One of the most consistent teams in the Indian domestic circuit is Karnataka. After finishing as the runners-up of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy 2021 recently, they will be looking to go one step ahead in the upcoming One Day League. They will be riding with confidence after their campaign so far and will surely be raring to go in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021-22.

Karnataka is placed in Elite Group B and will compete against Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Mumbai, Baroda, and Bengal. They will be looking to be at their best in the upcoming few weeks. They will start their campaign on December 8 against Puducherry in Thiruvananthapuram.

Ahead of the first clash, let’s look at the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats that the Karnataka side possesses.

 

Strengths

Manish Pandey will be leading Karnataka in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021/22. After leading by example in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, he will be high in confidence and will look to carry forward his rich form.

The batters were brilliant in the T20 league recently. The likes of Karun Nair, Rohan Kadam, Abhinav Manohar were very good with the bat and it proves to be a solid batting lineup. Mystery spinner in KC Cariappa continues to have an impact in the domestic circuit. He will continue to play a major role for the side.

 

Weaknesses

The pace-bowling department is a major concern for Karnataka entering the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021/22. Their pacers have struggled in the shortest format off late and they need to step up in the next few weeks. They have failed to pick wickets upfront and it might hurt them in the long run.

 

Opportunities

The hard-hitting batter who impressed everyone with his strokeplay was Abhinav Manohar. The right-handed batter smashed unbeaten 70 on his debut against Saurashtra and guided his side across the line. The Vijay Hazare Trophy provides a great opportunity for him to showcase his skills in a longer format.

Manish Pandey lost his place in the national side recently. He will be eager to be at his best and score some heavy runs in the One Day League to make a comeback in the national side.

 

Threats

We might see the lack of wicket-taking potential of the pacers hurt them in the long run. We might see the opposition batters attack the Karnataka bowlers upfront and nullify the new ball effect. The spinners in Cariappa and Shreyas Gopal need to step up and play a major role for Karnataka in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021/22.

 

Karnataka Squad for Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021/22

Manish Pandey (c), Ravikumar Samarth (vc), Rithesh Bhatkal, KC Cariappa, MB Darshan, Praveen Dubey. Shreyas Gopal, Prateek Jain, Rohan Kadam, Vasuki Koushik, Abhinav Manohar, Karun Nair, Dega Nischel, Vidyadhar Patil, Srinivas Sharath, BR Sharath, Krishnamurthy Siddharth, Jagadeesha Suchith, M Venkatesh, Vijaykumar Vyshak

 

Karnataka Fixtures

8 December 2021- Karnataka vs Puducherry

9 December 2021- Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu

11 December 2021- Karnataka vs Mumbai

12 December 2021- Karnataka vs Baroda

14 December 2021- Karnataka vs Bengal

 

Karnataka Predicted XI

Rohan Kadam, Ravikumar Samarth, Karun Nair, Manish Pandey (c), BR Sharath (wk), Abhinav Manohar, Praveen Dubey, Jagadeesha Suchith, Vidyadhar Patil, Shreyas Gopal, KC Cariappa

(Image Courtesy: BCCI)

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