K. N. Ananthapadmanabhan
Karumanaseri Narayanaiyer Ananthapadmanabhan (born 8 September 1969), more commonly known as K. N. Ananthapadmanabhan, is an Indian former first-class cricketer from the state of Kerala. He now serves as an umpire at the first-class level and officiates in all the major domestic cricket tournaments in India, including the Ranji Trophy and Indian Premier League.
|Full name||Karumanaseri Narayanaiyer Ananthapadmanabhan|
|Born||8 September 1969|
Trivandrum, Kerala, India
|Bowling||Leg break and googly|
|Domestic team information|
|First-class debut||22 November 1988 Kerala v Hyderabad|
|Last First-class||22 December 2004 Kerala v Jammu and Kashmir|
|List A debut||10 January 1993 Indian Board President's XI v Bombay|
|Last List A||11 December 2002 Kerala v Hyderabad|
|FC umpired||58 (2008–2017)|
|LA umpired||27 (2008–2018)|
|T20 umpired||61 (2009–2018)|
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 12 May 2018
Ananthapadmanabhan represented his state team Kerala and the South Zone in first-class and List A cricket in India. He was a right-arm leg spin bowler and was efficient in bowling leg break and googly. In his first-class career, Ananthapadmanabhan took 344 wickets from the 105 matches he played. He also scored three hundreds, including a double century and thus played the role of an able all-rounder for his team. Ananthapadmanabhan enjoyed a very successful first-class career but could not go on to represent the national team India at the Test or ODI level, largely because his career coincided with the Indian leg spinner Anil Kumble. Once he was included in the playing 11 of the indian national team during his peak time of career for an odi against Bangladesh, sadly that game was called off due rain and he was never included in the playing 11 ever after, thus he became a miserable cricketer who would never go on to make an international debut. KN Anathapadamanabhan's miserable tale is one of the untold stories of indian cricket.
Ananthapadmanabhan is now an umpire and he officiates in major domestic tournaments in India since 2008. During the 2015–16 Ranji Trophy, he went on to stand in the 2nd semi-final between Madhya Pradesh and Mumbai at Cuttack from 13–17 February 2016. He also officiated in matches in the 2016 Indian Premier League. During the 2016–17 Ranji Trophy, he was appointed to stand in the 2nd semi-final between Gujarat and Jharkhand at Nagpur from 1–5 January 2017. He stood in matches in the 2017 Indian Premier League.
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- "Ranji Trophy, 2nd Semi-final: Madhya Pradesh v Mumbai at Cuttack, Feb 13-17, 2016". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
- "Indian Premier League, 55th match: Kolkata Knight Riders v Sunrisers Hyderabad at Kolkata, May 22, 2016". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
- "Ranji Trophy, 2nd Semi-final: Gujarat v Jharkhand at Nagpur, Jan 1-5, 2017". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
- "Indian Premier League, 48th match: Sunrisers Hyderabad v Mumbai Indians at Hyderabad (Deccan), May 8, 2017". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
- K. N. Ananthapadmanabhan at ESPNcricinfo
- K. N. Ananthapadmanabhan at CricketArchive (subscription required)
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