Karnataka cricket team
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|Coach:||Jagadeesh Arunkumar & Mansur Ali Khan|
|Owner:||Karnataka State Cricket Association|
|Home ground:||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore|
|Ranji Trophy wins:||8|
|Irani Trophy wins:||6|
|Vijay Hazare 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.
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.
Best performances in Ranji Trophy
|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|
Players from Karnataka who have represented India in at least one international match:
- Sreenath Aravind
- Vijay Bharadwaj
- Raghuram Bhat
- Roger Binny†
- Stuart Binny
- B. S. Chandrasekhar†
- Rahul Dravid†
- Dodda Ganesh
- David Johnson
- Sunil Joshi†
- Syed Kirmani†
- Anil Kumble†
- Budhi Kunderan†
- Vinay Kumar
- Abhimanyu Mithun
- V. M. Muddiah
- Manish Pandey
- Brijesh Patel†
- Venkatesh Prasad†
- E. A. S. Prasanna†
- KL Rahul
- Sudhakar Rao
- Sujith Somasunder
- Javagal Srinath†
- M. R. Srinivasaprasad
- Venkataraman Subramanya
- Robin Uthappa
- Gundappa Viswanath
- Sadanand Viswanath
- Karun Nair
† indicates inductees of KSCA Hall of Fame
Players with international caps are listed in bold.
|No.||Name||Birth date||Birthplace||Batting style||Bowling style||Notes|
|Vinay Kumar||12 February 1984||Davangere, KA||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||FC Wkts : 350+|
|Mayank Agarwal||16 February 1991||Bangalore, KA||Right-handed|
|Shishir Bhavane||24 September 1991||Hubli, KA||Left-handed||Right-arm off break|
|Kunal Kapoor||18 September 1987||Bangalore, KA||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|Karun Nair||6 December 1991||Jodhpur, RJ||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||Middle-order Batsmen|
|Manish Pandey||10 September 1989||Nainital, UT||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|KL Rahul||18 April 1992||Mangalore, KA||Right-handed||Occasional wicketkeeper|
|Abhishek Reddy||14 September 1994||Bidar, KA||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|Ravikumar Samarth||22 January 1993||Mysore, KA||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|Robin Uthappa||11 November 1985||Kodagu, KA||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||Occasional wicketkeeper|
|Stuart Binny||3 June 1984||Bangalore, KA||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|Shreyas Gopal||4 September 1993||Bangalore, KA||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|Udit Patel||31 August 1984||Vadodara, GJ||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|Jagadeesha Suchith||16 January 1994||Mysore, KA||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|CM Gautam||8 March 1986||Bangalore, KA||Right-handed||FC 100s : 10|
|Sreenath Aravind||8 April 1984||Bangalore, KA||Left-handed||Left-arm medium-fast|
|Abrar Kazi||29 September 1989||Bangalore, KA||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|Prasidh Krishna||19 February 1996||Bangalore, KA||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast|
|David Mathias||20 March 1991||Bangalore, KA||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast|
|Abhimanyu Mithun||25 October 1989||Bangalore, KA||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast|
|HS Sharath||2 June 1993||Mandya, KA||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast|
- "Karnataka State Cricket Association". Ksca.cricket. Retrieved 2016-09-29.