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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.

Karnataka cricket team
CaptainManish Pandey
OwnerKarnataka State Cricket Association
Team information
Home groundM. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Ranji Trophy wins8
Irani Trophy wins6
Vijay Hazare Trophy wins3
Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy wins1
Official website:KSCA

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.

Its recent wins were in the 1998/99 season and the 1997/98 season, in which it emerged victorious in its finals against Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh respectively. It also beat Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy season of 1995/96. This strong run in the Ranji Trophy was due to the emergence of Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath and Sunil Joshi, all of whom have gone on to play for the country with distinction.

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 went down to Mumbai by a slender margin of 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 2019 season of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy , Karnataka have won 13 out of the 13 matches so far propelling them to the finals. This is a state record in terms of continuous wins. They won the tournament too by defeating Maharashtra in the final.[1]

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 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

Famous playersEdit

Current squadEdit

Players with international caps are listed in bold.

Name Birth date Batting style Bowling style Notes
Ravikumar Samarth (1993-01-22) 22 January 1993 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm off break Played for India C in 2018-19 Deodhar Trophy
Manish Pandey (1989-09-10) 10 September 1989 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm off break Captain
Plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL
Karun Nair (1991-12-06) 6 December 1991 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm off break Plays for Kings XI Punjab in IPL
Plays for India Red in 2019-20 Duleep Trophy
Played for India A in 2018-19 Deodhar Trophy
Krishnamurthy Siddharth (1992-11-22) 22 November 1992 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Dega Nischal (1994-10-09) 9 October 1994 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
Mayank Agarwal (1991-02-16) 16 February 1991 (age 28) Right-handed Plays for Kings XI Punjab in IPL
Played for Rest of India in 2018–19 Irani Cup
Played for India B in 2018-19 Deodhar Trophy
Kaunain Abbas (1990-05-07) 7 May 1990 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Devdutt Padikkal (2000-07-07) 7 July 2000 (age 19) Left-handed Right-arm off break Plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL
Abhishek Reddy (1994-09-14) 14 September 1994 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Rohan Kadam (1994-07-05) 5 July 1994 (age 25) Left-handed Right-arm leg break googly
Shishir Bhavane (1991-09-24) 24 September 1991 (age 27) Left-handed Right-arm off break
Liyan Khan (1991-11-18) 18 November 1991 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Pavan Deshpande (1989-09-16) 16 September 1989 (age 30) Left-handed Right-arm off break
Gneshwar Naveen (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Sultan Gani (1998-01-26) 26 January 1998 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm off break
BR Sharath (1996-09-28) 28 September 1996 (age 22) Right-handed
Srinivas Sharath (1996-01-03) 3 January 1996 (age 23) Right-handed
Luvnith Sisodia (2000-01-15) 15 January 2000 (age 19) Left-handed Left-arm medium
KL Rahul (1992-04-18) 18 April 1992 (age 27) Right-handed Plays for Kings XI Punjab in IPL
Spin Bowlers
Shreyas Gopal (1993-09-04) 4 September 1993 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm leg break Plays for Rajasthan Royals in IPL
Plays for India Blue in 2019-20 Duleep Trophy
Played for India A in 2018-19 Deodhar Trophy
Krishnappa Gowtham (1988-10-20) 20 October 1988 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm off break Plays for Rajasthan Royals in IPL
Played for Rest of India in 2018-19 Irani Cup
Played for India B in 2018-19 Deodhar Trophy
Jagadeesha Suchith (1994-01-16) 16 January 1994 (age 25) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
KC Cariappa (1994-04-13) 13 April 1994 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm leg break Plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL
Shubhang Hegde (2001-03-30) 30 March 2001 (age 18) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Pace Bowlers
Abhimanyu Mithun (1989-10-25) 25 October 1989 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Prasidh Krishna (1996-02-19) 19 February 1996 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL
Ronit More (1992-02-02) 2 February 1992 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm medium Plays for India Red in 2019-20 Duleep Trophy
V Koushik (1992-09-19) 19 September 1992 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Manoj Bhandage (1998-10-05) 5 October 1998 (age 20) Left-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Prateek Jain (1994-10-10) 10 October 1994 (age 24) Left-handed Left-arm medium


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