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.[1]

K. N. Ananthapadmanabhan
Personal information
Full nameKarumanaseri Narayanaiyer Ananthapadmanabhan
Born (1969-09-08) 8 September 1969 (age 50)
Trivandrum, Kerala, India
BattingRight-hand batsman
BowlingLeg break and googly
RoleAll-rounder, Umpire
Domestic team information
First-class debut22 November 1988 Kerala v Hyderabad
Last First-class22 December 2004 Kerala v Jammu and Kashmir
List A debut10 January 1993 Indian Board President's XI v Bombay
Last List A11 December 2002 Kerala v Hyderabad
Umpiring information
FC umpired58 (2008–2017)
LA umpired27 (2008–2018)
T20 umpired61 (2009–2018)
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 105 54
Runs scored 2,891 493
Batting average 21.90 14.93
100s/50s 3/8 0/0
Top score 200 42
Balls bowled 21,573 2,435
Wickets 344 87
Bowling average 27.54 19.31
5 wickets in innings 25 2
10 wickets in match 5
Best bowling 8-57 5-38
Catches/stumpings 69/— 21/—
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 12 May 2018

Playing careerEdit

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.[2] 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.[3]

Umpiring careerEdit

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.[4] He also officiated in matches in the 2016 Indian Premier League.[5] 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.[6] He stood in matches in the 2017 Indian Premier League.[7]


  1. ^ "The wait is over for Ananthapadmanabhan". The Hindu. 1 April 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  2. ^ "KN Ananthapadmanabhan | India Cricket | Cricket Players and Officials". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Ranji Trophy Memories: KN Ananthapadmanabhan". Wisden India. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Ranji Trophy, 2nd Semi-final: Madhya Pradesh v Mumbai at Cuttack, Feb 13-17, 2016". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Indian Premier League, 55th match: Kolkata Knight Riders v Sunrisers Hyderabad at Kolkata, May 22, 2016". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Ranji Trophy, 2nd Semi-final: Gujarat v Jharkhand at Nagpur, Jan 1-5, 2017". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Indian Premier League, 48th match: Sunrisers Hyderabad v Mumbai Indians at Hyderabad (Deccan), May 8, 2017". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 9 May 2017.

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