Kerala cricket team

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Kerala Cricket Team
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Personnel
CaptainSanju Samson
CoachTinu Yohannan
OwnerKerala Cricket Association
Team information
Colors  Dark Blue
Founded1950
Home groundGreenfield International Stadium
Capacity55,000
History
Ranji Trophy wins0
Vijay Hazare Trophy wins0
Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy wins0
Official websiteKCA

Test kit

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T20I and ODI kit

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. It was known as Travancore-Cochin cricket team until 1957/58.[1]

Kerala has produced two Indian Test cricketers, Tinu Yohannan and S. Sreesanth.[2] Sanju Samson has represented India in T20Is and ODIs,[3] while Basil Thampi has a national call-up to his name.[4] The team also lined up ex-Indian International player Sadagoppan Ramesh for two years from 2005 to 2007.[5] Robin Uthappa, a former Indian International player currently plays for Kerala.[6] Kerala has also produced Krishna Chandran, who plays at International level for United Arab Emirates.[7]

Playing history[edit]

Kerala began competing in the 1957–58 Ranji Trophy, succeeding the Travancore-Cochin cricket team after the states were reorganized.[1] 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.[8]

In the 1959–60 season, Kerala's Balan Pandit (262*) and George Abraham (198) put up a 410 runs partnership in the fourth wicket, which is the highest in Indian first-class cricket.[9] Pandit's score remained the highest for Kerala in FC format until the 2007–08 season.[10][11]

At the end of the 2016–17 season, Kerala had played 302 first-class matches, and won 46, lost 140 and drawn 116.[12] In List A cricket Kerala had played 120 matches, with 47 wins, 71 losses and two ties.[13]

Kerala reached the pre-quarterfinal of Ranji Trophy in the 1994–95 season when they progressed as South zone winners under the captaincy of KN Ananthapadmanabhan.[14] They were qualified for the Super League after emerging as the south zone winners in 1996-97 under leadership of Feroze V Rasheed. Kerala reached plate final in 2002-03 and semifinal in 2007–08.[15]

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.[16][17]

They put on their best show in Ranji Trophy history when they progressed to the semifinals in 2018–19 season after beating former champions Gujarat in quarters.[18][19]

Governing body[edit]

The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) is the governing body for the Kerala cricket team. It was founded on 1951 and is affiliated to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Kerala State Sports Authority (KSSA). It is the parent body of the 14 district associations in Kerala.[20]

Current squad[edit]

Players with International caps are listed in bold.

Name Birth date Batting style Bowling style Notes
Batsmen
Sachin Baby (1988-12-18) 18 December 1988 (age 34) Left-handed Right-arm off-break
Rohan Kunnummal (1998-05-10) 10 May 1998 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Ponnam Rahul (1992-02-04) 4 February 1992 (age 30) Left-handed Right-arm off break
Krishna Prasad (1999-07-01) 1 July 1999 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Rohan Prem (1986-09-13) 13 September 1986 (age 36) Left-handed Right-arm off break
Shoun Roger (2002-10-16) 16 October 2002 (age 20) Right-handed Right-arm off break
All-rounders
Vathsal Govind (2000-01-02) 2 January 2000 (age 23) Left-handed Right-arm leg break
Abdul Basith (1998-10-09) 9 October 1998 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm off break Plays for Rajasthan Royals in IPL
Vinoop Manoharan (1992-06-10) 10 June 1992 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Wicket-keepers
Vishnu Vinod (1993-02-15) 15 February 1993 (age 29) Right-handed Plays for Mumbai Indians in IPL
Mohammed Azharuddeen (1994-03-22) 22 March 1994 (age 28) Right-handed
Sanju Samson (1994-11-11) 11 November 1994 (age 28) Right-handed Captain
Plays for Rajasthan Royals in IPL
Spin-bowlers
Sijomon Joseph (1997-09-28) 28 September 1997 (age 25) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Vice-captain
Jalaj Saxena (1986-12-15) 15 December 1986 (age 36) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Vaisakh Chandran (1996-05-31) 31 May 1996 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Sudhesan Midhun (1994-10-07) 7 October 1994 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
Akshay Chandran (1993-10-19) 19 October 1993 (age 29) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Pace bowlers
Basil Thampi (1993-09-11) 11 September 1993 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Nedumankuzhy Basil (1996-10-20) 20 October 1996 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm medium
MD Nidheesh (1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Unnikrishnan Manukrishnan (1988-10-04) 4 October 1988 (age 34) Left-handed Left-arm medium
Akhil Scaria (1998-10-05) 5 October 1998 (age 24) Left-handed Right-arm medium
Fazil Fanoos (1997-10-06) 6 October 1997 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm medium
KM Asif (1993-07-24) 24 July 1993 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm medium Plays for Rajasthan Royals in IPL
Suresh Vishweshwar (1997-07-25) 25 July 1997 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm medium

Updated as on 17 January 2023

Support Staff[edit]

Position Name
Team Manager Nazir Maachan
Head Coach Tinu Yohannan[21]
Assistant Coach Mazhar Moidu
Assistant Coach Rajeesh Retnakumar
Strength and Conditioning Coach Vysakh Krishna
Physiotherapist Unnikrishnan RS
Video Analyst Saji S

Stadiums[edit]

International stadiums[edit]

Greenfield International Stadium on an international match-day in 2017

Active Stadium[edit]

Sl. No Name City Capacity No. of matches First match Last match Ref.
Test ODIs T20Is
1 Greenfield International Stadium Thiruvananthapuram 55,000 0 1 2 7 November 2017 8 December 2019 [22]

Former Stadiums[edit]

Sl. No Name City Capacity No. of matches First match Last match Ref.
Test ODIs T20Is
1 Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Kochi 80,000 0 9 0 1 April 1998 8 October 2014 [23]
2 University Stadium Thiruvananthapuram 20,000 0 2 0 1 October 1984 25 January 1988 [24]

Other stadiums[edit]

Sl. No Name City Capacity Ref.
1 Fertilisers and Chemicals Travancore Ground Ernakulam 5000 [25]
2 Conor Vayal Stadium Kannur [26]
3 Military Maidan Kannur [27]
4 Police Ground Kannur 2000 [28]
5 Cochin Refineries Ltd Ground Kochi 3000 [29]
6 Fort Cochin Parade Maidan Kochi 3000 [30]
7 Maharaja College Stadium Kochi 15,000 [31]
8 Premier Tyres Oval Kochi 10,000 [32]
9 St Paul's College Ground Kochi [33]
10 Nehru Stadium Kottayam 18,000 [34]
11 Cochin Corporation Stadium Kozhikode 15,000 [35]
12 Manachira Maidan Kozhikode 1000 [36]
13 Calicut Medical College Stadium Kozhikode 10,000 [37]
14 Medical College Ground Kozhikode 5000 [38]
15 Regional Engineering College Ground Kozhikode 3000 [39]
16 Malabar State Police Ground Malappuram 1000 [40]
17 Perintalmanna Cricket Stadium Malappuram [41]
18 Fort Maidan Palakkad 10,000 [42]
19 The Government Victoria College Ground Palakkad 2000 [43]
20 Municipal Stadium Thalassery 7500 [44]
21 KCA Cricket Ground Thiruvananthapuram [45]
22 Lakshmibhai National College of Physical Education Ground Thiruvananthapuram 10,000 [46]
23 Medical College Ground Thiruvananthapuram 2000 [47]
24 St. Xavier's College Ground, Thumba Thiruvananthapuram [48]
25 Vellyani Agricultural College Ground Thiruvananthapuram 10,000 [49]
26 University Stadium Thiruvananthapuram 10,000 [50]
27 Municipal Stadium Thrissur 1500 [51]
28 Krishnagiri Stadium Wayanad [52]
29 Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium Kollam 30,000 [53]
30 Sree Narayana College Ground Kollam 3000 [54]
31 Sanatana Dharma College Ground Alappuzha [55]
32 Thiruvalla Municipal Stadium Pathanamthitta [56]
33 Central Stadium Thiruvananthapuram

Famous players[edit]

S. Sreesanth has played both for Kerala in state level and for India in international matches.

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

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

Cricketers who played a large portion of their career for Kerala, and played T20I for India, along with year of T20I debut :

Cricketers from other state teams who also played for Kerala, and played international cricket for India, along with year of international debut:

Prominent cricketers at the domestic level:

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