Karnataka cricket team

Karnataka cricket team represents the Indian state of Karnataka in domestic cricket competitions. It has traditionally been one of the strongest teams in the domestic circuit and has produced many of Indian cricket team's iconic players. It was known as Mysore cricket team before the state of Mysore was officially renamed as Karnataka in 1973. It has won the Ranji Trophy eight times and has come second six times (including two runner-up positions for the earlier Mysore team). The team's home ground is the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. There was a major push in cricketing infrastructure in 2010s and as of now, grounds in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Hubballi are constantly used in Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy & Karnataka Premier League

Karnataka cricket team
CaptainRavikumar Samarth
CoachYere Goud
OwnerKarnataka State Cricket Association
Team information
Home groundM. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Ranji Trophy wins8
Irani Trophy wins6
Vijay Hazare Trophy wins4
Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy wins2
Official websiteKSCA

Competition historyEdit

Karnataka has produced some of the best cricketers from the southern part of India. There was a time during late 90s when 8 out of 11 players were from Karnataka and from 1996 to 2001 there were about 4–5 players from the Karnataka State consistently representing the Indian team.

Karnataka has been the most dominant domestic cricket team of this decade(2010–19), winning 2 Ranji Trophy, 2 Irani Cup, 4 Vijay Hazare Trophy and 2 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy titles. This has been due to the emergence of a number of young players like K. L. Rahul, Manish Pandey, Karun Nair, Shreyas Gopal & Krishnappa Gowtham in presence of established players like Vinay Kumar, Abhimanyu Mithun, Sreenath Aravind, Robin Uthappa & C. M. Gautam

In the 90s, Karnataka was dominant along with Mumbai, winning the Ranji Trophies in the 1995/96, 1998/99 and the 1997/98 seasons, winning the finals against Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh respectively. This strong run in the Ranji Trophy was due to the emergence of players like Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Sunil Joshi, Venkatesh Prasad, Vijay Bharadwaj & Dodda Ganesh all of whom went on to represent country.

Before that, the team of E.A.S. Prasanna, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, Gundappa Viswanath, Roger Binny, Brijesh Patel, Raghuram Bhat & Syed Kirmani led Karnataka to 3 Ranji titles (and 3 runners up title) in a span of 10 years between 1973–82.

In the Irani Trophy, Karnataka has won six times and lost twice against the Rest of India team.

The team showed good performance in 2007–08 season. As international players had to move in and out of the squad due to their national duties, the team could not adjust well with the changes in a short period.

A young Karnataka unit performed well in the 2009–10 season and made it to the finals comfortably. The finals took place at the picturesque Gangotri Glades in Mysuru, where Karnataka, backed by a charged full-house crowd, came up with a spirited performance but lost to Mumbai by just 6 runs. Manish Pandey was the highest scorer of the season with 882 runs from 9 matches.

The team emerged winners in the 2013–14 season under the captaincy of Vinay Kumar beating Maharashtra by 7 wickets in the finals played at Hyderabad. They went on to win the Irani Trophy (vs Rest of India) and Vijay Hazare Trophy (domestic ODI tournament) in the same season, thus completing a historic treble.

Karnataka continued their dominance in 2014–15 season too. Firstly, they successfully defended the Vijay Hazare Trophy, winning their final against Punjab by 156 runs. They had a stupendous run in the Ranji Trophy too, and beat Tamil Nadu by an innings and 217 runs in the final at Mumbai to retain the trophy. Karun Nair scored 328, the highest ever individual score in a Ranji Trophy final (bettering Gul Mohammad's 319, scored in the 1946/47 season final). Vinay Kumar became the first captain to pick up a five-wicket haul and score a century in a Ranji final. In the Irani Trophy game that followed, they beat the Rest of India team by 246 runs and retained the trophy. By doing so, they not only repeated the historic treble of the previous season, but also became only the second domestic team (after Bombay) to bag back-to-back Irani Cups.

Karnataka had a modest 2015–16 Ranji season, chalking up 2 wins, 1 loss and 5 draws in the league stage. They did not qualify for the knock-outs. Karnataka's only loss came against Maharashtra in their final league game, which ended an unbeaten streak of 37 first-class matches (20 wins, 17 draws) that stretched back to November 2012. Karnataka did not qualify for the knock-outs in the Vijay Hazare Trophy too, despite winning 4 of their 6 league games.

In the 2016–17 Ranji season, Karnataka had a good run until the quarter finals, where they were beaten by Tamil Nadu in a low scoring game.

Karnataka had a dominant run in the 2017–18 Ranji season, notching up 4 wins and 2 draws and topping Group A. They faced Mumbai in the quarter finals and inflicted an innings defeat on them. However, they suffered a heart-breaking 5-run loss to Vidarbha in the semifinals and bowed out of the competition. Mayank Agarwal (1160 runs) and Krishnappa Gowtham (34 wickets) were the stand-out performers of the season.

In the 2018–19 domestic season, Karnataka won their maiden T20 title. They beat Maharashtra by 8 wickets in the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. They went on to defend their title in the 2019–20 season when they beat Tamil Nadu by 1 run in the finals.

Rahul Dravid scored hundreds in the finals of both 1995–96 and 1997–98 Ranji Trophy.

Best performances in Ranji TrophyEdit

Season Position Captain Opponent in final Irani Cup
1941–42 Runner-up Safi Darashah Bombay
1959–60 Runner-up K Vasudevamurthy Bombay
1973–74 Winner EAS Prasanna Rajasthan Yes
1974–75 Runner-up EAS Prasanna Bombay
1977–78 Winner EAS Prasanna Uttar Pradesh No
1978-79 Runner-up GR Vishwanath Delhi
1981–82 Runner-up GR Vishwanath Delhi
1982–83 Winner Brijesh Patel Bombay Yes
1995–96 Winner Anil Kumble Tamil Nadu Yes
1997–98 Winner Rahul Dravid Uttar Pradesh Yes
1998–99 Winner Sunil Joshi Madhya Pradesh No
2009-10 Runner-up Robin Uthappa Mumbai
2013–14 Winner Vinay Kumar Maharashtra Yes
2014–15 Winner Vinay Kumar Tamil Nadu Yes

Best performances in Wills TrophyEdit

Season Position Captain Opponent in final
1983–84 Runner-up Roger Binny Indian Board President XI
1987–88 Runner-up Roger Binny Indian Board President XI
1999-00 Runner-up Sujith Somasunder Indian Board President XI

Best performances in Vijay Hazare TrophyEdit

Season Position Captain Opponent in final
2013–14 Winner Vinay Kumar Railways
2014–15 Winner Vinay Kumar Punjab
2017–18 Winner Karun Nair Saurashtra
2019–20 Winner Manish Pandey Tamil Nadu

Best performances in Syed Mushtaq Ali TrophyEdit

Season Position Captain Opponent in final
2018–19 Winner Manish Pandey Maharashtra
2019–20 Winner Manish Pandey Tamil Nadu

Famous playersEdit

Anil Kumble is one of the four bowlers to have taken more than 600 Test wickets.

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

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

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

Cricketers who played a small portion of their first-class career for Karnataka, and played Test cricket for India, along with year of Test debut :

indicates inductees of KSCA Hall of Fame[2]

Current squadEdit

Players with international caps are listed in bold.

Name Birth date Batting style Bowling style Notes
Karun Nair (1991-12-06) 6 December 1991 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm off break First-class Captain
Devdutt Padikkal (2000-07-07) 7 July 2000 (age 21) Left-handed Right-arm off break
Ravikumar Samarth (1993-01-22) 22 January 1993 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm off break List A Captain
KV Siddharth (1992-11-22) 22 November 1992 (age 29) Right-handed
Aniruddha Joshi (1987-11-07) 7 November 1987 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Manish Pandey (1989-09-10) 10 September 1989 (age 32) Right-handed Right-arm off break Twenty20 Captain
Rohan Kadam (1994-07-05) 5 July 1994 (age 27) Left-handed Right-arm leg break
Mayank Agarwal (1991-02-16) 16 February 1991 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm off break Plays for Punjab Kings in IPL
Abhinav Manohar (1994-09-16) 16 September 1994 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
Shreyas Gopal (1993-09-04) 4 September 1993 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
BR Sharath (1996-09-28) 28 September 1996 (age 25) Right-handed
Srinivas Sharath (1996-01-03) 3 January 1996 (age 25) Right-handed
KL Rahul (1992-04-18) 18 April 1992 (age 29) Right-handed
Spin Bowlers
Jagadeesha Suchith (1994-01-16) 16 January 1994 (age 27) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Krishnappa Gowtham (1988-10-20) 20 October 1988 (age 33) Right-handed Right-arm off break
KC Cariappa (1994-04-13) 13 April 1994 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
Pace Bowlers
Ronit More (1992-02-02) 2 February 1992 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Prasidh Krishna (1996-02-19) 19 February 1996 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Vyshak Vijay Kumar (1997-01-31) 31 January 1997 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Prateek Jain (1994-10-10) 10 October 1994 (age 27) Left-handed Left-arm medium
Vidyadhar Patil (2000-09-05) 5 September 2000 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm medium
MB Dharshan (1996-01-19) 19 January 1996 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm medium


  1. ^ https://www.iplt20.com/venues/5/m-chinnaswamy-stadium
  2. ^ "Karnataka State Cricket Association". Ksca.cricket. Retrieved 2016-09-29.