Kerala cricket team

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Kerala cricket team
CaptainRobin Uthappa
CoachDav Whatmore
OwnerKerala Cricket Association
Team information
Home ground
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Official website:KCA

The Kerala cricket team is a domestic cricket team based in the Indian state of Kerala. It is in the Elite Group of the Ranji Trophy, the premier first class cricket tournament in India. Kerala has produced two Indian Test cricketers, Tinu Yohannan and S. Sreesanth. Sanju Samson has played one T20I for India while Basil Thampi also has a national call-up to his name. The team also lined up ex-Indian International player Sadagoppan Ramesh for two years from 2005 to 2007. Kerala has also produced Krishna Chandran, who plays at international level for United Arab Emirates.

Playing history[edit]

Kerala began competing in the 1957-58 season, succeeding the Travancore-Cochin cricket team after the states were reorganized. It competed in the South Zone, against Madras/Tamil Nadu, Mysore/Karnataka, Andhra and Hyderabad. In 1957-58 Kerala lost all four matches, three of them by an innings.[1]

At the end of the 2016-17 season, Kerala had played 302 first-class matches, and won 46, lost 140 and drawn 116.[2] In List A cricket Kerala had played 120 matches, with 47 wins, 71 losses and two ties.[3]

In the 1994-95 and 1996–97 Ranji Trophy, Kerala qualified from South Zone. They finished second in the Plate group in 2002-03 and played in the Elite group in 2003-04.

In November 2017, they progressed to the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy for the first time, when they finished second in Group B of the 2017–18 tournament.[4][5]

They put on their best show in their Ranji Trophy history when they progressed to the semifinals in 2018-19 after beating former champions Gujarat convincingly in quarters. [6]

Current squad[edit]

Players with International caps are listed in bold.

Name Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Sachin Baby (1988-12-18) 18 December 1988 (age 30) left-handed Right-arm off-break
Ponnam Rahul (1992-02-04) 4 February 1992 (age 27) Left-handed Right-arm off break
VA Jagadeesh (1983-05-25) 25 May 1983 (age 36) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Robin Uthappa (1985-11-11) 11 November 1985 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm medium Captain
Plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL
Salman Nizar (1997-06-30) 30 June 1997 (age 22) Left-handed Right-arm off break
Rohan Prem (1986-09-13) 13 September 1986 (age 33) Left-handed Right-arm off break
Daryl Ferrario (1998-05-07) 7 May 1998 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Rohan Kunnummal (1998-05-10) 10 May 1998 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Vathsal Govind (2002-01-02) 2 January 2002 (age 17) Left-handed Right-arm leg break
Jalaj Saxena (1986-12-15) 15 December 1986 (age 32) Right-handed Right-arm off break Plays IPL for Delhi Capitals
Played for India Blue in 2019-20 Duleep Trophy
Plays for India C in 2019-20 Deodhar Trophy
Vinoop Manoharan (1992-06-10) 10 June 1992 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Akshay Chandran (1993-10-19) 19 October 1993 (age 26) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Vishnu Vinod (1993-02-15) 15 February 1993 (age 26) Right-handed Plays for India A in 2019-20 Deodhar Trophy
Sanju Samson (1994-11-11) 11 November 1994 (age 25) Right-handed Vice Captain
Plays IPL for Rajasthan Royals
Mohammed Azharuddeen (1994-03-22) 22 March 1994 (age 25) Right-handed
Spin bowlers
Sijomon Joseph (1997-09-28) 28 September 1997 (age 22) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Sudhesan Midhun (1994-10-07) 7 October 1994 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm leg break Plays IPL for Rajasthan Royals
KC Akshay (1996-05-15) 15 May 1996 (age 23) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Pace bowlers
Sandeep Warrier (1991-04-04) 4 April 1991 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm medium Plays IPL for Kolkata Knight Riders
Played for India Red in 2019-20 Duleep Trophy
Plays for India A in 2019-20 Deodhar Trophy
Basil Thampi (1993-09-11) 11 September 1993 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm medium Plays IPL for Sunrisers Hyderabad
Played for India Blue in 2019-20 Duleep Trophy
MD Nidheesh (1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm medium
KM Asif (1993-07-24) 24 July 1993 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm medium Plays IPL for Chennai Super Kings
Abhishek Mohan (1991-04-04) 4 April 1991 (age 28) Left-handed Right-arm medium

Head Coach- Dav Whatmore

Assistant Coach- Antony Sebastian

Team Physician(Sports Medicine Consultant) - Dr Shibu Varghese


Grounds listed in bold have hosted at least one international cricket match.







  • Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kottayam


  • Perintalmanna Cricket Stadium
  • Malabar State Police Ground


  • Pathanamathitta Municipal Stadium
  • Thiruvalla Municipal Stadium




  • Thrissur Medical College Stadium
  • Thrissur Cricket Ground


  • KCA Cricket Stadium, Kasaragod
  • Muncipal Stadium Kasaragod

Famous players[edit]

Players from Kerala who have played Test cricket for India, along with year of Test debut:

Players from Kerala who have played T20I but not ODI or Test cricket for India, along with year of T20I debut:

Prominent cricketers at the domestic level:

Cricketers from other state teams who also played for Kerala, and played international cricket for India:


  1. ^ Wisden 1959, pp. 856-57.
  2. ^ "Kerala's first-class playing record". CricketArchive. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Kerala's List A playing record". CricketArchive. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Kerala cricket team creates history! Enters Ranji Trophy quarterfinals in style". Financial Express. 28 November 2017. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Kerala Ranji Trophy team qualifies for the quarterfinals". The New Indian Express. 28 November 2017. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Ranji Trophy 2018-19, Kerala vs Gujarat". BCCI. 17 January 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2017.

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