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  • Ranji Trophy: Robin Uthappa the boy has transformed into a man March 15, 2015

    Eight summers ago, Robin Uthappa was on the cusp of something special. Having broken into the Indian team, he was one of the young turks who had a bright future ahead of him at the vanguard of India's next generation of batting superstars. On a hot afternoon in Visakhapatnam, Uthappa...
  • Interview: KL Rahul promises there's more to come March 15, 2015

    Bangalore: KL Rahul's top six scores in 2015 are 337, 188, 110, 91, 89 and 73. While the 110, against Australia in Sydney, was his maiden Test century, back home against Uttar Pradesh he became his state's first triple-centurion. The 188 was made with a hamstring injury against Tamil Nadu...
  • Captain Vinay sees more Karnataka players in Team India March 14, 2015

    Bangalore: A special occasion brought Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, who rarely attends any of the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) functions, to the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Friday (March 13). Himself a two-time Ranji Trophy champion, Chandrasekhar was there along with G Kasturirangan, Gundappa Viswanath, B Vijayakrishna, Sadanand Vishwanath, Raghuram Bhatt...
  • Highlights of Ranji Trophy 2014-15 season and stars of Karnataka March 13, 2015

    Hobart: Soon after Karnataka's defeat to Odisha in Bangalore in November 2012, R Vinay Kumar and J Arun Kumar, the captain and batting coach respectively, answered for the dismal show, and almost made a personal promise to their fans through a handful of scribes that they would do whatever it...
  • Vinay Kumar says Karnataka's workaholism has done wonders March 13, 2015

    Mumbai: It has been a good week to be R Vinay Kumar. The Karnataka captain took a five-wicket haul, scored a century, climbed the charts to be the joint-highest wicket taker in the 2014-15 Ranji Trophy, and became the first captain from his state to win two successive Ranji Trophy...
  • Karnataka rock the charts in Ranji Trophy triumph March 13, 2015

    Karnataka defended their Ranji Trophy title successfully with an innings-and-217-run win over Tamil Nadu in the final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday (March 12), making them the second-most successful team in the 81-year history of the competition. Mumbai, the 40-time champions, remain ahead of them, while Delhi,...
  • Ranji Trophy: No shame to lose, but we'll come back stronger, says Mukund March 12, 2015

    Mumbai: Tamil Nadu skipper Abhinav Mukund on thursday said there is no shame to lose to champions Karnataka in the final of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament but vowed to come back strongly in the next season of the premier domestic event. "There is no shame in losing to this side...
  • Karnataka thump Tamil Nadu to retain Ranji Trophy March 12, 2015

    At 9.10 am on Thursday (March 12), Anil Chaudhary and Nitin Menon, the two umpires, started their walk to the middle, coming in from the Pavilion end. To their right, the Karnataka side had left their warm-up routines and gathered in a huddle. To their left, B Aparajith and Vijay...
  • Field restrictions curtailing role of spinners, says WV Raman March 12, 2015

    Mumbai: Not too impressed with the field restriction rules being used in the ODIs right now, former India opener W V Raman has said the current format hardly leaves any scope for the spinners to create impact. "The field restrictions, four in the perimeter (outside the 30-yard circle) is not good...
  • As it happened: Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu, Ranji Trophy final March 12, 2015

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Having already retained the title by virtue of their huge first innings lead, defending champions Karnataka are now looking to post an outright win over Tamil Nadu after reducing them to 113 for three in their second essay on day...
  • Ranji Trophy Final: Karnataka close in on outright win March 11, 2015

    Mumbai: Having already retained the title by virtue of their huge first innings lead, defending champions Karnataka are now looking to post an outright win over Tamil Nadu after reducing them to 113 for three in their second essay on day four of Ranji Trophy cricket final on Wednesday. Karnataka posted...
  • Ranji Trophy: Karun Nair's record triple century is all about desire March 11, 2015

    There's an old joke in India that if you don't want anyone to know where you are on a given day, go to the stadium that's hosting a Ranji Trophy match. Okay, it's not really that old. Or that funny. But for Ranji Trophy matches in India, especially at neutral venues,...
  • As it happened: Ranji Trophy 2014-15 Final: Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu, Day 4 March 11, 2015

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 3, Report Karun Nair made history. Karnataka made merry. And Tamil Nadu were made to sweat buckets. At the end of the third day's play in the Ranji Trophy 2014-15 final in Mumbai on Tuesday (March 10), the defending champions had...
  • Ranji Trophy Final: Karun Nair makes history, Karnataka on top vs Tamil Nadu March 10, 2015

    Mumbai: Karun Nair made history. Karnataka made merry. And Tamil Nadu were made to sweat buckets. At the end of the third day's play in the Ranji Trophy 2014-15 final in Mumbai on Tuesday (March 10), the defending champions had opened up a yawning chasm between themselves and the challengers, ending...
  • As it happened: Ranji Trophy Final: Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu, Day 3 March 10, 2015

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) 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...
  • Ranji Trophy: Karun Nair delighted with performance in the final March 9, 2015

    "Yes, I shouted that he has to run three." That was Karun Nair speaking of the only 'three' run in an as yet unbroken 239-run stand with KL Rahul in the Ranji Trophy final. The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai isn't a small one and when Nair clipped Prashanth Parameswaran to the...
  • Advantage Karnataka in Ranji final against Tamil Nadu March 9, 2015

    Mumbai: 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 for 5 at stumps on Day 2 of the Ranji Trophy final at the Wankhede Stadium here on Monday. Chasing...
  • As it happened: Ranji Trophy Final, Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu, Day 2 March 9, 2015

    (For Live updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 1 Report: 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...
  • Ranji Trophy: K L Rahul will play on Day 2, says Vinay Kumar March 8, 2015

    Mumbai: Karnataka captain R Vinay Kumar today said that opener K L Rahul, who retired hurt on day one of the Ranji Trophy final cricket match against Tamil Nadu, will be fit to play tomorrow. Rahul retired hurt in the fourth ball of the fourth over after the opener had pulled...
  • Ranji Trophy final: Vinay takes five-for as Karnataka skittle Tamil Nadu for 134 March 8, 2015

    Mumbai: Skipper Vinay Kumar took five for 34 as defending champions Karnataka skittled out Tamil Nadu for 134 on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament final, which saw 14 wickets tumble at the Wankhede stadium on Sunday. The holders wrapped up the Tamil Nadu first-innings in 62.4 overs,...
  • As it happened: Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu, Ranji Trophy Final, Day 1 March 8, 2015

    (For live updates, scroll down to reach the blog) Come Sunday, two of India's domestic cricket power houses 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. Leading...
  • Tamil Nadu are itching to win Ranji Trophy, says Abhinav Mukund March 7, 2015

    A domestic final is familiar territory for Karnataka now. They have won last year's Ranji Trophy, the Vijay Hazare Trophy for the past two seasons, and the Irani Cup. Today, they are a legitimate domestic behemoth. However, a year ago, Karnataka hadn't yet acquired the aura of invincibility they sport...
  • Holders Karnataka face Tamil Nadu in Ranji final March 7, 2015

    Mumbai: Come Sunday, two of India's domestic cricket power houses 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. Leading Tamil Nadu will be Abhinav Mukund, who...
  • Ranji Trophy: Tamil Nadu coach Raman puzzled by 'sporting pitch' term March 7, 2015

    Mumbai: Tamil Nadu coach Woorkeri V Raman says he's a bit puzzled whenever he hears a cricket track being described as a 'sporting pitch' and wants to know what is exactly meant by this often-used term. "I want somebody to explain to me what exactly a sporting wicket is," Raman said...
  • Shardul Thakur's discipline makes him click for Mumbai March 7, 2015

    Shardul Thakur doesn't have the pace or the physique of Dale Steyn, whom he idolises and is keen to emulate. But the 23-year-old Mumbai paceman makes up for those shortcomings with discipline, and aggression. Not many rated Thakur too highly after his debut Ranji Trophy season in 2012-13. He was overweight...
  • Ranji Trophy: No favourite in Karnataka-Tamil Nadu clash, says WV Raman March 6, 2015

    Mumbai: Tamil Nadu coach Woorkeri V Raman does not view either defending champions Karnataka or his team as favourites when they cross swords in the five-day Ranji Trophy final commencing at the Wankhede Stadium on March 8. "There's no such thing as an underdog or a favourite. It will be a...
  • Abhinav Mukund to lead Tamil Nadu in Ranji Trophy final against Karnataka March 3, 2015

    Chennai: Having successfully led the Tamil Nadu into the Ranji finals, Abhinav Mukund is once again set to captain the side in the title clash against holders Karnataka starting Sunday. The Tamil Nadu Cricket Assication (TNCA) released a 16-member squad that will prepare for one final flourish in the five-day title...
  • Tamil Nadu set up Ranji Trophy final clash with Karnataka March 1, 2015

    If Maharashtra were investors in a bull market, they may have gained from a 'high risk, high returns' approach on the final day. But against an experienced Tamil Nadu side, the need of the hour was patience and a calm approach. Once that was thrown out of the window, there...
  • As it happened: Ranji Trophy Score: Semi-final, Day 5 March 1, 2015

    (For Live Blog, scroll down the bottom of the page) Day 4 Report: Centuries from Swapnil Gugale (154) and Chirag Khurana (125) helped Maharashtra end at 394/5 on Day 4 to still trail Tamil Nadu by 155 runs in their Ranji Trophy semi-final at the Eden Gardens on Saturday. Earlier, Tamil Nadu...
  • Ranji Trophy: Quality umpires needed for big games, says Pravin Amre February 28, 2015

    Although Mumbai failed to make it to the final of the 2014-15 Ranji Trophy, Pravin Amre, the coach, felt his young side had shown a lot of character against Karnataka, the defending champions, to bounce back after being bowled out for just 44 in their first innings in their semifinal. Chasing...