Kerala cricket team

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Kerala Cricket Team
CaptainSanju Samson & Sachin Baby
CoachTinu Yohannan
OwnerKerala Cricket Association
Team information
Home groundVarious venues[1]
Ranji Trophy wins0
Vijay Hazare Trophy wins0
Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy  wins0
Official websiteKCA

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 seven T20Is 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. Robin Uthappa, a former Indian International player currently plays for Kerala. 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.[2]

At the end of the 2016-17 season, Kerala had played 302 first-class matches, and won 46, lost 140 and drawn 116.[3] In List A cricket Kerala had played 120 matches, with 47 wins, 71 losses and two ties.[4]

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.[5][6]

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. [7]

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 32) Left-handed Right-arm off-break List A captain
Plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL
Salman Nizar (1997-06-30) 30 June 1997 (age 23) Left-handed Right-arm off break
Ponnam Rahul (1992-02-04) 4 February 1992 (age 29) Left-handed Right-arm off break
Rohan Prem (1986-09-13) 13 September 1986 (age 34) Left-handed Right-arm off break
Vathsal Govind (2000-01-02) 2 January 2000 (age 21) Left-handed Right-arm leg break
Rohan Kunnummal (1998-05-10) 10 May 1998 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm offbreak
Akshay Chandran (1993-10-19) 19 October 1993 (age 27) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Vinoop Manoharan (1992-06-10) 10 June 1992 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Jalaj Saxena (1986-12-15) 15 December 1986 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm off break First-class captain
Plays for Punjab Kings in IPL
Sijomon Joseph (1997-09-28) 28 September 1997 (age 23) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Rojith Ganesh (1993-11-13) 13 November 1993 (age 27) Left-handed Left-arm offbreak
Abhishek Mohan (1992-12-15) 15 December 1992 (age 28) left-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Mohammed Azharuddeen (1994-03-22) 22 March 1994 (age 26) Right-handed Plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL
Vishnu Vinod (1993-02-15) 15 February 1993 (age 28) Right-handed Plays for Delhi Capitals in IPL
Sanju Samson (1994-11-11) 11 November 1994 (age 26) Right-handed Twenty 20 captain
Plays for Rajasthan Royals in IPL
Robin Uthappa (1985-11-11) 11 November 1985 (age 35) Right-handed Right-arm medium Plays for Chennai Super Kings in IPL
Sudhesan Midhun (1994-10-07) 7 October 1994 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
Pace bowlers
Basil Thampi (1993-09-11) 11 September 1993 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm medium Plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL
KM Asif (1993-07-24) 24 July 1993 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm medium Plays for Chennai Super Kings in IPL
MD Nidheesh (1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm medium
S Sreesanth (1983-02-06) 6 February 1983 (age 38) Right Handed Right arm fast-medium
Nedumankuzhy Basil (1996-10-20) 20 October 1996 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Fazil Fanoos (1997-10-06) 6 October 1997 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm medium

Head Coach- Tinu Yohannan

Assistant Coach- Antony Sebastian

Team Physician (Sports Medicine Consultant) - Dr Shibu Varghese


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



  • Military Maidan
  • Police Parade Ground
  • Thalassery Stadium
  • Thalassery Venus Corner Vayal Cricket Stadium





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

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