India's premium domestic tournament kicked off on Thursday, with the first round of matches being played across different venues in India. Earlier, BCCI secretary Jay Shah stated that a lot of efforts were made by the Indian board to get the Ranji Trophy back on track. India's U19 WC winning skipper and debutant for the Delhi team, Yash Dhull immediately grabbed all the limelight on the very first day.
ICC U19 World Cup captain and batting sensation in the Indian domestic circle joined the elite group of batter on Thursday, after scoring a brilliant century on his Ranji Trophy debut for Delhi in their ongoing match against Tamil Nadu at Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati. Yash, who opened the innings for Delhi, scored 113 off 150 balls before getting trapped LBW by M Mohammed.
Earlier, Delhi had a troublesome start as their openers Dhruv Shorey (1 of 8), and Himmat Singh (0 of 1) were dismissed cheaply by TN's Sandeep Warrier.
Yash followed the footsteps of another U19 World Cup-winning captain, Prithvi Shaw, who had scored a century on his First-Class debut for Mumbai in the semi-finals of Ranji Trophy 2016-17. Yash's terrific innings impressed the cricketing world, and everyone quickly showered praises for the young prodigy in Indian cricket.
Amongst another standout performer on the first day of Ranji Trophy, 2021-22 season was Mumbai's Ajinkya Rahane, who scored a century against defending champions Saurashtra on Thursday. Rahane took 211 balls to get to his hundred. Twitter users were quick to applaud Rahane for his gritty knock and for simultaneously shutting down his critics.