Karnataka cricket team

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Karnataka cricket team
Captain: Vinay Kumar
Coach: Jagadeesh Arunkumar & Mansur Ali Khan
Owner: Karnataka State Cricket Association
Founded: 1933
Home ground: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Capacity: 40,000
Ranji Trophy wins: 8
Irani Trophy wins: 6
Vijay Hazare Trophy wins: 2
Official website: KSCA

Karnataka cricket team represents the Indian state of Karnataka in domestic cricket competitions. It has traditionally been one of the strongest teams in the domestic circuit and has produced many of Indian cricket team's iconic players. 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 eight 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 cricketers from the southern part of India. There was a time during late 90s when 8 out of 11 players were from Karnataka and from 1996 to 2001 there were about 4-5 players from the state consistently representing the Indian team.

Its 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 Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy season of 1995/96. This strong run in the Ranji Trophy was due to the emergence of Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath and Sunil Joshi, all of whom have gone on to play for the country with distinction.

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

The team showed good performance in 2007-08 season. As international players had to move in and out of the squad due to their national duties, the team could not adjust well with the changes in a short period.

A young Karnataka unit performed well in the 2009-10 season and made it to the finals comfortably. The finals took place at the picturesque Gangotri Glades in Mysuru, where Karnataka, backed by a charged full-house crowd, came up with a spirited performance but 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 2013-14 season under the captaincy of Vinay Kumar beating Maharashtra by 7 wickets in the finals played at Hyderabad. They went on to win the Irani Trophy (vs Rest of India) and Vijay Hazare Trophy (domestic ODI tournament) in the same season, thus completing a historic treble.

Karnataka continued their dominance in 2014-15 season too. Firstly, they successfully defended the Vijay Hazare Trophy, winning their final against Punjab by 156 runs. They had a stupendous run in the Ranji Trophy too, and beat Tamil Nadu by an innings and 217 runs in the final at Mumbai to retain the trophy. Karun Nair scored 328, the highest ever individual score in a Ranji Trophy final (bettering Gul Mohammad's 319, scored in the 1946/47 season final). Vinay Kumar became the first captain to pick up a five-wicket haul and score a century in a Ranji final. In the Irani Trophy game that followed, they beat the Rest of India team by 246 runs and retained the trophy. By doing so, they not only repeated the historic treble of the previous season, but also became only the second domestic team (after Bombay) to bag back-to-back Irani Cups.

Karnataka had a modest 2015-16 Ranji season, chalking up 2 wins, 1 loss and 5 draws in the league stage. They did not qualify for the knock-outs. Karnataka's only loss came against Maharashtra in their final league game, which ended an unbeaten streak of 37 first-class matches (20 wins, 17 draws) that stretched back to November 2012. Karnataka did not qualify for the knock-outs in the Vijay Hazare Trophy too, despite winning 4 of their 6 league games.

In the 2016-17 Ranji season, Karnataka had a good run until the quarter finals, where they were beaten by Tamil Nadu in a low scoring game.

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

Best performances in Ranji Trophy[edit]

Season Position Captain Opponent Irani Cup
1941-42 Runner-up Safi Darashah Bombay --
1959-60 Runner-up K Vasudevamurthy Bombay --
1973-74 Winner EAS Prasanna Rajasthan Yes
1974-75 Runner-up EAS Prasanna Bombay --
1977-78 Winner EAS Prasanna Uttar Pradesh No
1978-79 Runner-up GR Vishwanath Delhi --
1981-82 Runner-up GR Vishwanath Delhi --
1982-83 Winner Brijesh Patel Bombay Yes
1995-96 Winner Anil Kumble Tamil Nadu Yes
1997-98 Winner Rahul Dravid Uttar Pradesh Yes
1998-99 Winner Sunil Joshi Madhya Pradesh No
2009-10 Runner-up Robin Uthappa Mumbai --
2013-14 Winner Vinay Kumar Maharashtra Yes
2014-15 Winner Vinay Kumar Tamil Nadu Yes

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:

indicates inductees of KSCA Hall of Fame[1]

Current squad[edit]

Players with international caps are listed in bold.

No. Name Birth date Birthplace Batting style Bowling style Notes
Vinay Kumar (1984-02-12) 12 February 1984 (age 33) Davangere, KA Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast FC Wkts : 350+
Mayank Agarwal (1991-02-16) 16 February 1991 (age 26) Bangalore, KA Right-handed
Shishir Bhavane (1991-09-24) 24 September 1991 (age 25) Hubli, KA Left-handed Right-arm off break
Kunal Kapoor (1987-09-18) 18 September 1987 (age 29) Bangalore, KA Right-handed Right-arm medium
Karun Nair (1991-12-06) 6 December 1991 (age 25) Jodhpur, RJ Right-handed Right-arm off break Middle-order Batsmen
Manish Pandey (1989-09-10) 10 September 1989 (age 27) Nainital, UT Right-handed Right-arm off break
KL Rahul (1992-04-18) 18 April 1992 (age 24) Mangalore, KA Right-handed Occasional wicketkeeper
Abhishek Reddy (1994-09-14) 14 September 1994 (age 22) Bidar, KA Right-handed Right-arm off break
Ravikumar Samarth (1993-01-22) 22 January 1993 (age 24) Mysore, KA Right-handed Right-arm off break
Robin Uthappa (1985-11-11) 11 November 1985 (age 31) Kodagu, KA Right-handed Right-arm medium Occasional wicketkeeper
Stuart Binny (1984-06-03) 3 June 1984 (age 32) Bangalore, KA Right-handed Right-arm medium
Shreyas Gopal (1993-09-04) 4 September 1993 (age 23) Bangalore, KA Right-handed Right-arm leg break
Udit Patel (1984-08-31) 31 August 1984 (age 32) Vadodara, GJ Right-handed Right-arm off break
Jagadeesha Suchith (1994-01-16) 16 January 1994 (age 23) Mysore, KA Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
CM Gautam (1986-03-08) 8 March 1986 (age 31) Bangalore, KA Right-handed FC 100s : 10
Sreenath Aravind (1984-04-08) 8 April 1984 (age 32) Bangalore, KA Left-handed Left-arm medium-fast
Abrar Kazi (1989-09-29) 29 September 1989 (age 27) Bangalore, KA Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Prasidh Krishna (1996-02-19) 19 February 1996 (age 21) Bangalore, KA Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
David Mathias (1991-03-20) 20 March 1991 (age 26) Bangalore, KA Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Abhimanyu Mithun (1989-10-25) 25 October 1989 (age 27) Bangalore, KA Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
HS Sharath (1993-06-02) 2 June 1993 (age 23) Mandya, KA Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast


  1. ^ "Karnataka State Cricket Association". Ksca.cricket. Retrieved 2016-09-29.