Dindigul Dragons face-off Trichy Warriors in TNPL season opener

By NT Bureau Published on Jul 11, 2018 03:21 PM IST

Chennai: The much-awaited third edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League has finally arrived.

Dindigul Dragons and Ruby Trichy Warriors will kick off the proceedings at the ICL Sankar Nagar ground in Tirunelveli today.

In this edition, a  total of 32 matches will be played over 33 days across three venues with the final to be staged at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on 12 August.

India Test off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is leading the Dragons while Ruby Trichy Warriors is captained by Baba Indrajith.

After finishing second in the 2016 league table, Dragons dropped down to the sixth spot last season and will be hoping to get off to a good start this time around.

"It's a new team, so we are focusing on team bonding and practising together. Our team morale is upbeat and the fielding intensity and practice intensity has been very high. The coaching staff have been extremely good. Everything looks good, and hopefully we'll have a good game on Wednesday," said captain Ravichandran Ashwin on the eve of the game.

Dindigul also have the likes of Anirudh Sita Ram B and NS Chaturved, who have been consistent performers in the TNPL. Not to forget keeper-batsman Narayan Jagadeesan and the big-hitting all-rounder R Vivek from their last year's squad. In addition, they also bought back all-rounder Adithya Arun and Silambarasan M.

The Warriors on the other hand had retained last season centurion Bharath Shankar and left-arm spinner K Vignesh. The team possesses a good mix of experience and youth.

"It's a new squad and I think we have got a balanced one. The preparation has been really good, close to a month. We played a couple of practice games.The boys are all geared up and raring to go," said Trichy Warriors captain Baba Indrajith.

The match will start at 7.15 pm and a ceremony has been planned before the official start of the TNPLM season-3.