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Ranji Trophy 2017-18: Top 5 bowlers

ANALYST
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8.22K   //    02 Jan 2018, 14:01 IST

There were numerous unknown names who grabbed attention this Ranji season, with excellent performances from both the bat as well as the ball. Five standout performances with the ball in the 2017-18 Ranji season have been listed below, a list which features youngsters as well as experienced cricketers for their respective sides.


#1 Krishnappa Gowtham, Karnataka – 34 wickets at 22.24 in 8 matches

Krishnappa Gowtham was the highest wicket-taker from Karnataka, also hitting 149 against Assam
Krishnappa Gowtham was the highest wicket-taker from Karnataka, also hitting 149 against Assam

An unlikely performer for heavyweights Karnataka, off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham ended up as the highest-wicket taker from his side in the 2017-18 Ranji season. In the very first game against Assam, Gowtham bagged seven in the match; not only that, he also smashed his highest first-class score of 149 batting at number five, which meant Karnataka started the season with an innings victory.

Then came yet another career-best performance: 7/72 against Railways, and another three in the same game helped Karnataka thrash them by 209 runs. As if that was not enough, came figures of 6/104 in the quarter-final against Mumbai, in which the Ranji giants crashed to an innings defeat.

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A childhood cricket enthusiast, my earliest cricket memory goes back to the 2003 World Cup, when I was 7. With a hobby of cricket commentary and writing from my early days, I earned an invitation for employment by Cricbuzz.com aged only 20, and have also had the opportunity to interact with the great analyst Harsha Bhogle.
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