Karnataka cricket team
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|Owner||Karnataka State Cricket Association|
|Home ground||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru|
|Ranji Trophy wins||8|
|Irani Trophy wins||6|
|Vijay Hazare Trophy wins||4|
|Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy wins||2|
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. There was a major push in cricketing infrastructure in 2010s and as of now, grounds in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Hubli are constantly used in Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy & Karnataka Premier League
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 Karnataka State consistently representing the Indian team.
Karnataka has been the most dominant domestic cricket team of this decade(2010-19), winning 2 Ranji Trophy, 2 Irani Cup, 4 Vijay Hazare Trophy and 2 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy titles. This has been due to the emergence of a number of young players like K. L. Rahul, Manish Pandey, Karun Nair, Shreyas Gopal & Krishnappa Gowtham in presence of established players like Vinay Kumar, Abhimanyu Mithun, Sreenath Aravind, Robin Uthappa & C. M. Gautam
In the 90s, Karnataka was dominant along with Mumbai, winning the Ranji Trophies in the 1995/96, 1998/99 and the 1997/98 seasons, winning the finals against Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh respectively. This strong run in the Ranji Trophy was due to the emergence of players like Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Sunil Joshi, Venkatesh Prasad, Vijay Bharadwaj & Dodda Ganesh all of whom went on to represent country.
Before that, the team of E.A.S. Prasanna, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, Gundappa Viswanath, Roger Binny, Brijesh Patel, Raghuram Bhat & Syed Kirmani led Karnataka to 3 Ranji titles (and 3 runners up title) in a span of 10 years between 1973-82.
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.
Karnataka had a dominant run in the 2017-18 Ranji season, notching up 4 wins and 2 draws and topping Group A. They faced Mumbai in the quarter finals and inflicted an innings defeat on them. However, they suffered a heart-breaking 5-run loss to Vidarbha in the semifinals and bowed out of the competition. Mayank Agarwal (1160 runs) and Krishnappa Gowtham (34 wickets) were the stand-out performers of the season.
In the 2018-19 domestic season, Karnataka won their maiden T20 title. They beat Maharashtra by 8 wickets in the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. They went on to defend their title in the 2019-20 season when they beat Tamil Nadu by 1 run in the finals.
Best performances in Ranji Trophy
|Season||Position||Captain||Opponent in final||Irani Cup|
|1977-78||Winner||EAS Prasanna||Uttar Pradesh||No|
|1995-96||Winner||Anil Kumble||Tamil Nadu||Yes|
|1997-98||Winner||Rahul Dravid||Uttar Pradesh||Yes|
|1998-99||Winner||Sunil Joshi||Madhya Pradesh||No|
|2014-15||Winner||Vinay Kumar||Tamil Nadu||Yes|
Best performances in Vijay Hazare Trophy
|Season||Position||Captain||Opponent in final|
|2019-20||Winner||Manish Pandey||Tamil Nadu|
Best performances in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy
|Season||Position||Captain||Opponent in final|
|2019-20||Winner||Manish Pandey||Tamil Nadu|
Players from Karnataka who have played Test cricket for India, along with year of Test debut:
- Erapalli Prasanna (1962)†
- Bhagwat Chandrasekhar (1964)†
- Venkataraman Subramanya (1965)†
- Gundappa Viswanath (1969)†
- Brijesh Patel (1974)†
- Syed Kirmani (1976)†
- Roger Binny (1979)†
- Raghuram Bhat (1983)†
- Sadanand Viswanath (1985)†
- Anil Kumble (1990)†
- Javagal Srinath (1991)†
- Sunil Joshi (1996)†
- Venkatesh Prasad (1996)†
- Rahul Dravid (1996)†
- David Johnson (1996)†
- Dodda Ganesh (1997)†
- Vijay Bharadwaj (1999)†
- Abhimanyu Mithun (2010)†
- Vinay Kumar (2012)†
- Stuart Binny (2014)†
- Lokesh Rahul (2014)†
- Karun Nair (2016)†
- Mayank Agarwal (2018)†
Players from Karnataka who have played ODI but not Test cricket for India, along with year of ODI debut :
Players from Karnataka who have played T20I but not ODI or Test cricket for India, along with year of T20I debut :
- Sreenath Aravind (2015)†
Cricketers who played a small portion of their first-class career for Karnataka, and played Test cricket for India, along with year of Test debut :
† indicates inductees of KSCA Hall of Fame
Players with international caps are listed in bold.
|Name||Birth date||Batting style||Bowling style||Notes|
|Devdutt Padikkal||7 July 2000||Left-handed||Right-arm off break||Plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL|
Plays for India A in 2019-20 Deodhar Trophy
|Karun Nair||6 December 1991||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||First-class Captain|
Plays for Kings XI Punjab in IPL
Plays for India Red in 2019-20 Duleep Trophy
|Manish Pandey||10 September 1989||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||List A and Twenty20 Captain|
Plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL
|Rohan Kadam||5 July 1994||Left-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|Ravikumar Samarth||22 January 1993||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|Mayank Agarwal||16 February 1991||Right-handed||Plays for Kings XI Punjab in IPL|
Played for Rest of India in 2018–19 Irani Cup
Plays for India C in 2019-20 Deodhar Trophy
|Pavan Deshpande||16 September 1989||Left-handed||Right-arm off break||Plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL|
|KL Rahul||18 April 1992||Right-handed||Plays for Kings XI Punjab in IPL|
|BR Sharath||28 September 1996||Right-handed|
|Krishnamurthy Siddharth||22 November 1992||Right-handed|
|Srinivas Sharath||3 January 1996||Right-handed|
|Luvnith Sisodia||15 January 2000||Left-handed|
|Shreyas Gopal||4 September 1993||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break||Plays for Rajasthan Royals in IPL|
Plays for India Blue in 2019-20 Duleep Trophy
|Krishnappa Gowtham||20 October 1988||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||Plays for Kings XI Punjab in IPL|
Played for Rest of India in 2018-19 Irani Cup
Plays for India B in 2019-20 Deodhar Trophy
|Jagadeesha Suchith||16 January 1994||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||Plays for Kings XI Punjab in IPL|
|Praveen Dubey||1 July 1993||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|Ronit More||2 February 1992||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||Plays for India Red in 2019-20 Duleep Trophy|
|Abhimanyu Mithun||25 October 1989||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast|
|V Koushik||19 September 1992||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|Prasidh Krishna||19 February 1996||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||Plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL|
|Prateek Jain||10 October 1994||Left-handed||Left-arm medium|
- "Karnataka State Cricket Association". Ksca.cricket. Retrieved 2016-09-29.