Mohammed Shami, Wriddhiman Saha boost Bengal in Ranji semis vs Delhi
Despite none of the Delhi batsmen featuring among the top-10 run-getters in the current edition, the onus will be on old warhorse Gautam Gambhir (505 runs) and the likes of young guns Rishabh Pant (261), Nitish Rana (515), Dhruv Shorey (374), Himmat Singh (215) and Kunal Chandela (202) to pile up a massive first innings total.
In the bowling, left-arm spinner Vikas Mishra (31 wickets) has made a good comeback in first-class while Navdeep Saini's (22 wickets) exploits with new and old ball is now well-known in domestic circuit.
On the other hand, Manoj Tiwary's Bengal also boast of a stellar batting line-up comprising the likes of Abhishek Raman (587 runs), Abhimanyu Easwaran (547), Anustup Majumdar (526).
Tiwary and the team management are expected to have a sweet headache in selecting the batting line-up, with the experienced Sudeep Chatterjee back to full fitness while his replacement Writtick Chatterjee belting a century and a double ton in the previous two matches.
Moreover, the return of wicketkeeper Saha means Shreevats Goswami may have to make way unless Anushtup is made to warm the bench.