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Top 7 performers in Ranji Trophy 2014/15
Top 7 performers in Ranji Trophy 2014/15

‘Probation period’ in corporate terms refers to a period during which a person’s performance in the job is closely observed and is evaluated at the end, before he gets promoted to a bigger and a permanent role in the organisation. Analogous to that is the Ranji Trophy in Indian cricket, where an aspiring national cricketer has to prove himself in the biggest domestic circuit for him to be chosen into the

Apr 7 2015
Interview with Karun Nair:
Interview with Karun Nair: "Keen to keep performing"

Karun Nair in action Making a mark in a big game can often be a defining moment of a player’s career. And Karnataka’s talented middle-order batsman Karun Nair can hope to be on the national selectors’ radar after his gruelling knock of 328 in the recent Ranji Trophy final against Tamil Nadu in Mumbai. The 23-year-old Jodhpur-born cricketer, who turned out for Rajasthan Royals in the 2014 IPL, struck 46 boundaries and one

Mar 22 2015
Karnataka retain Irani Cup
Karnataka retain Irani Cup

Karnataka have retained the Irani Trophy Bengaluru, March 20 (IANS) Ranji Trophy champions Karnataka retained the Irani Cup by defeating Rest of India by 246 runs on the fourth and penultimate day here on Friday. Chasing a victory target of 403, Rest of India were bowled out for 156 after opening bowler Abhimanyu Mithun ripped through the top order. The right-armer picked up three wickets in his first two overs to break the back of the visi

Mar 20 2015
Irani Cup: Karnataka lead by 321 runs
Irani Cup: Karnataka lead by 321 runs

Karnataka ended the day with a massive lead Bengaluru, March 19 (IANS) Ranji Trophy champions Karnataka tightened their grip on the five-day Irani Cup game against the Rest of India by extending their overall lead to 321 runs by stumps on the third day here on Thursday. The home team, resuming their second innings at 39 without loss, was well served by opener Ravikumar Samarth (81, 159b, 10x4), Karun Nair (80, 123b, 12x4) and Manish Pandey

Mar 19 2015
Irani Cup 2015: Preview - Karnataka eye back-to-back trebles
Irani Cup 2015: Preview - Karnataka eye back-to-back trebles

KL Rahul Bengaluru, March 16 (IANS) Less than a week after retaining the Ranji Trophy and having won the Vijay Hazare Trophy earlier in the season, Karnataka will be back in action in the five-day Irani Cup game against Rest of India beginning here on Tuesday, looking to round off the season with a grand treble just as they did a year ago. Undoubtedly, Karnataka have been the best of the teams in the country with a fine blend of youth and e

India’s premier cricket league – The Ranji Trophy
India’s premier cricket league – The Ranji Trophy

Players heading to the ground for a Ranji trophy match held in 1964 at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University grounds It’s been seven long years since Brendon McCullum hammered a hapless RCB attack for 158 to kick start the IPL bandwagon. Yet the RCB fan has vivid memories of that torrid opening night. Ask any Indian cricket lover the name of the first Indian to score a hundred in the IPL and chances are that Manish Pandey will be the over

Mar 16 2015
Interview with Vinay Kumar:
Interview with Vinay Kumar: "Karnataka will dominate domestic cricket in coming years"

Vinay Kumar The script unfolded near-perfectly for Vinay Kumar. The former Indian seamer hit a purple patch by captaining Karnataka to their second consecutive Ranji Trophy crown and also keeping the statisticians busy en route to taking a five-for and slamming an unbeaten century batting at number nine to help his state side pip Tamil Nadu by an innings and 217 runs in the final clash at Mumbai. Vinay, who had a match haul

Mar 15 2015
Manoj Tiwary to lead Rest of India XI in Irani Cup
Manoj Tiwary to lead Rest of India XI in Irani Cup

Manoj Tiwary bowling for India A against Australia A in 2014 Mumbai, March 12: Manoj Tiwary of Bengal will be leading the Rest of India XI for the Irani Cup match against Ranji trophy champions Karnataka to be held from March 17-21 at Bengaluru, the Indian cricket board announced here on Thursday. The All-India Senior Selection Committee, which met here during the day, finalised the 15-member, squad, according to a Board of Control fo

Mar 13 2015
Tamil Nadu trail Karnataka by 628 runs after Day 4 in the Ranji Trophy final
Tamil Nadu trail Karnataka by 628 runs after Day 4 in the Ranji Trophy final

Karun Nair Mumbai, March 11 (IANS) Tamil Nadu were rocked back in their second innings too, as they were reduced to 113 for three after conceding a 628-run first innings lead to Karnataka at the end of the fourth day's play in the Ranji Trophy final at the Wankhede Stadium here on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Karnataka added to their overnight score of 618 for seven, with right-hand middle-order batsman Karun Nair finally finishing o

Mar 11 2015
Stats: Karnataka's Karun Nair breaks record for highest score in Ranji Trophy finals
Stats: Karnataka's Karun Nair breaks record for highest score in Ranji Trophy finals

Karun Nair’s 328 has given Karnataka complete control in the Ranji Trophy final Karnataka batsman Karun Nair broke the record for the highest score in a Ranji Trophy final on Day 4 of the ongoing final against Tamil Nadu at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Resuming the day on the overnight score of 310*, Nair surpassed Gul Mohammad’s 319 for Baroda against Holkar in the 1946-47 season in next-to-no time to etch his name in the reco

Mar 11 2015
Ranji: Nair's unbeaten 310 pushes Karnataka's lead to 484 runs
Ranji: Nair's unbeaten 310 pushes Karnataka's lead to 484 runs

Lokesh Rahul and Karun Nair have put up a mammoth partnership Mumbai, March 10 (IANS) Karun Nair's unbeaten 310 helped Karnataka reach 618/7 on the third day of the Ranji Trophy final at the Wankhede Stadium here on Tuesday. With only two days remaining, Karnataka have taken a mammoth 484-run lead that puts them on course for retaining the title. Chasing Tamil Nadu's first innings total of 134, the defending champions were 323/

Mar 10 2015
Advantage Karnataka in Ranji final against Tamil Nadu
Advantage Karnataka in Ranji final against Tamil Nadu

Lokesh Rahul continued his good form Mumbai, March 9 (IANS) An unbeaten 239-run sixth-wicket partnership between Lokesh Rahul (131 not out) and Karun Nair (130 not out) piled on Tamil Nadu's agony as Karnataka reached a formidable total of 323/5 at stumps on Day 2 of the Ranji Trophy final at the Wankhede Stadium here on Monday. Chasing Tamil Nadu's first innings total of 134, the defending champions were tottering at 45/4 overnight

Mar 9 2015
14 wickets fall on opening day of Ranji final
14 wickets fall on opening day of Ranji final

14 wickets fall on opening day of Ranji final Mumbai, March 8 (IANS) As many as 14 wickets fell on the first day of the Ranji Trophy final being played between holders Karnataka and Tamil Nadu at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday. Put in to bat, Tamil Nadu were bowled out for a paltry 134 with Karnataka captain and pacer Vinay Kumar picking up 5/34. Tamil Nadu kept losing wickets at regular intervals before being bowled out.

Mar 8 2015
Holders Karnataka face Tamil Nadu in Ranji Trophy final
Holders Karnataka face Tamil Nadu in Ranji Trophy final

Murali Vijay will have to play a key role if Tamil Nadu are to emerge triumphant Mumbai, March 7 - Come Sunday, two of India's domestic cricket powerhouses will clash in the five-day Ranji Trophy final in what promises to be an exciting match. Defending champions Karnataka will be battling it out against their southern rivals Tamil Nadu at the Wankhede Stadium here. Leading Tamil Nadu will be Abhinav Mukund, who scored 66 not out in th

Mar 7 2015