Karnataka cricket team

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Karnataka cricket team
Captain: Vinay Kumar
Coach: Jagadeesh Arunkumar & Mansur Ali Khan
Owner: Karnataka Cricket Association
Founded: 1933
Home ground: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Capacity: 40,000
Ranji Trophy wins: 7
Irani Trophy wins: 5
Vijay Hazare Trophy wins: 2
Official website: KSCA

Karnataka cricket team is a cricket team that represents the Indian state of Karnataka in domestic first class cricket. It has traditionally been one of the strongest teams in the Ranji Trophy and produced many of the Indian cricket team's leading players throughout its existence. It was known as Mysore cricket team before the state of Mysore was officially renamed as Karnataka in 1973. It has won the Ranji Trophy seven times and has come second six times (including two runner-up positions for the earlier Mysore team). The team's home ground is the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

Competition history[edit]

Karnataka has produced some of the best cricket players from the southern part of India. There was a time during late 90's when 8 out of 11 players were from karnataka and from 1996 - 2001 there were about 4-5 players from the state consistently representing the Indian team. They are the current champions (2013-2014) of all premier domestic Indian championships including Ranaji trophy, Irani Trophy and Vijay Hazare trophy. Its most recent wins were in the 1998/99 season and the 1997/98 season, in which it emerged victorious in its finals against Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh respectively. It also beat the Tamil Nadu cricket team in the Ranji Trophy season of 1995/96. This strong run in the Ranji Trophy was due to the emergence of Rahul Dravid, Javagal Srinath and Anil Kumble, all of whom have become long-time players for the Indian national team, being the national team's leading batsman, fast bowler, and spinner in the 1990s and early 21st century. The rest of its victories were evenly spread in the 1970s and 1980s.

In the Irani Trophy, it has won five times and lost twice against the Rest of India team.

Team showed good performance in 2007-2008 season. As International players had to move in and out of the squad due to their ODI schedules and Test matches clashing, the team could not well adjust with the changes in short period.

A young Karnataka unit performed well in the 2009-2010 season and made it to the finals comfortably. The finals took place in Gangotri Glades, Mysore, where Karnataka team, backed by a charged full house crowd came in with a spirited performance went down to Mumbai by a slender margin of 6 runs. Manish Pandey was the highest scorer of the season with 882 runs from 9 matches.

The team emerged winners in the 2013-2014 season under the captaincy of Vinay Kumar beating Maharashtra by 7 wickets in the finals played at Hyderabad.

Rahul Dravid scored hundreds in the finals of both 1995-96 and 1997-98 Ranji Trophy.

Best performances in Ranji Trophy[edit]

Year Position
1941-42 Runner-up
1959-60 Runner-up
1973-74 Winner
1974-75 Runner-up
1977-78 Winner
1978-79 Runner-up
1981-82 Runner-up
1982-83 Winner
1995-96 Winner
1997-98 Winner
1998-99 Winner
2009-10 Runner-up
2013-14 Winner

Famous players[edit]

Anil Kumble is one of the three bowlers to have taken more than 600 Test wickets.

Players from Karnataka who have represented India in at least one international match:

Current squad[edit]

Players with international caps are listed in bold.

No. Name Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Mayank Agarwal (1991-02-16) 16 February 1991 (age 23) Right-handed
Kunal Kapoor (1987-09-18) 18 September 1987 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Karun Nair (1991-12-06) 6 December 1991 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Manish Pandey (1989-09-10) 10 September 1989 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Lokesh Rahul (1992-04-18) 18 April 1992 (age 22) Right-handed Occasional wicketkeeper
Ravikumar Samarth (1993-01-22) 22 January 1993 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Robin Uthappa (1985-11-11) 11 November 1985 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm medium Occasional wicketkeeper
Stuart Binny (1984-06-03) 3 June 1984 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Shreyas Gopal (1993-09-04) 4 September 1993 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
Udit Patel (1984-08-31) 31 August 1984 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm off break
CM Gautam (1986-03-08) 8 March 1986 (age 28) Right-handed
KP Appanna (1988-12-20) 20 December 1988 (age 26) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Sreenath Aravind (1984-04-08) 8 April 1984 (age 30) Left-handed Left-arm medium-fast
Abrar Kazi (1989-09-29) 29 September 1989 (age 25) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Vinay Kumar (1984-02-12) 12 February 1984 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Captain
Abhimanyu Mithun (1986-10-25) 25 October 1986 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Ronit More (1992-02-11) 11 February 1992 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
HS Sharath (1993-06-02) 2 June 1993 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast