Karnataka v Rest of India, Irani Cup, 4th day

Shreyas, Vinay seal title for Karnataka

The Report by Sidharth Monga in Bangalore

February 12, 2014

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Karnataka 606 (Binny 122, Gautam 122, Pankaj 6-122) beat Rest of India 201 (Karthik 91, Vinay 6-47) and 183 (Aparajith 66, Shreyas 4-35, Vinay 4-70) by an innings and 222 runs
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Vinay Kumar sends down a delivery, India A v England XI, Mumbai, 2nd day, October 31, 2012
File photo: Vinay Kumar finished with a match haul of 10 wickets © Getty Images
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Karnataka ended their golden first-class season with their eighth outright win in nine matches with Vinay Kumar registering his fourth first-class 10-wicket haul on his 30th birthday, and legspinner Shreyas Gopal delivering Karnataka's eighth first-class hat-trick to run through the tail. In the process, Karnataka became the first Ranji champion side to win the Irani Cup in the last nine seasons.

The win for Karnataka was imminent with a huge first-innings lead to their credit and only seven wickets left to take, but they will be pleased with the hurry it came with. Vinay and Abhimanyu Mithun began the morning with long spells. Vinay bowled nine overs on the trot for 43 runs and picked up the crucial wickets of overnight batsman Dinesh Karthik and then Mandeep Singh. Both batsmen fell to what looked like outswingers, but seamed and skidded after pitching. Karthik was bowled while Mandeep caught in front. Amit Mishra, whom CM Gautam dropped on nought, soon ran himself out, and it was all Shryeas after that.

Harbhajan Singh holed out to mid-on, half-centurion Baba Aparajith ran out of partners and found long-off looking for quick runs. The next two balls were wrong'uns that went through the big bat-pad gap provided by Ashok Dinda and Pankaj Singh. Pankaj's wicket also marked the end of the match, and loud cheering among the 50 or so spectators that turned up.

Vinay, who became the third Karnataka captain to have won both Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup as a Karnataka captain, said the win was a great birthday gift from his team to him. "It's a great feeling," he said, "We have been waiting for 15 years as a team, and I have been waiting for 10 years as a player to play for Karnataka in the Irani Cup. It's been a great performance by the team. Everyone who got a chance to play has performed well, and it's been a great experience to lead such wonderful bunch of players."

Vinay was also full of praise for J Arun Kumar and Mansoor Ali Khan, the batting and bowling coaches of the side. "They have been both part of Ranji- and Irani-winning squads, and they used to tell us about the feeling of being double champions. They instilled the feeling of togetherness, and they were more of friends than coaches. It was a pleasure to have them around and work with them."

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Posted by gladiatorgannicus on (February 13, 2014, 15:39 GMT)

excellent Karnataka.ROI lost after a no of years.too good.Vinay bowled very well.more importantly every one contributed be it batting,bowling or fielding.got the best pace attack and the best fielding side too.batting was also very good.Binny played an extraordinry innings.Congratulations.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 13, 2014, 6:06 GMT)


Posted by SridharKalyan on (February 13, 2014, 6:05 GMT)

Congratulations to Karnataka - they are winning as this is the only team that is playing as a team....all other teams have performers who are more interested in their own glory and with a single objective of making it to the selection lists for India A, U25, etc.....I think we should have this Karnataka team of 15 represent India for atleast a year now, so that all the so-called 'big names' can come back to the domestic circuit and see how they fare now!!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 13, 2014, 6:04 GMT)

Excellent Karnataka!!!!!

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 5:50 GMT)

This is not first nor would be last time ill treatment for Karnataka cricketers. All have suffered some time or other. It is only during Pataudi,Bedi, Azhar and Ganguli's time that the state players got their due. During Pataudi's time the South Zone team loaded with Karnataka cricketers almost beat Bill Lawrie's Australian team at a ground less than 2 kms away from present KSCA stadium. Some vested interests just cannot digest the quality of Karnataka players. I am sure this Karnataka team can perform credibly not only against ROI but against Dhoni's India team too. THIS IS A CHALLENGE!

Posted by DaredevilsUnlimited on (February 13, 2014, 1:27 GMT)

Congrats Boys from nursery of Indian Cricket though powers to be differ. Consistency is the hall mark of this team includes terrific backing from support staff.Hope many will represent India in near future main obstacle is Cap MSD who in his capacity of VP of Indian Cements has preferences as well his memory in not short vis-a-vis Mysore soaps controversy. Mudgal Report is there hope that will breathe in fresh and clean cricket. All the best boys do not rest on ur laurels raise the performance bar .Kannadamgalge

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 23:31 GMT)

A Beauty from Karnataka Boys!!! Things in Qn: 1. Is it the largest win ever in Irani trophy? (innings and 222 runs)??? 2. ROI team looked like a weakest team to make less than 2/3rd of Karnataka's single innings score in their both innings combined 3. Who will be the visiting international team to play against? 4. @BCCI - wake up and make Indian team strong with some of these players!! 5. @Cricinfo - pls consider giving importance to domestic contests by posting some pics!

Posted by Naikan on (February 12, 2014, 21:34 GMT)

Yes Congrats to Vinay. He has managed to do what many greater names before him have tried and failed. For the Cricketer these achievements mean a lot. It used to mean a lot to the selectors also, but alas no more. Else how can they keep persisting with a bowler like Ishant who has averaged in the 50s over the last 2-3 years and keep ignoring some really good Ranji performances by a host of many bowlers? Well not just tests - why not for the RCB? Where is the local flavour? As regards his touring - Someone else made a mention that Vinay cannot perform in away conditions. Give the man (Vinay) a break and dont make dubious statements. Cripes, he has played only one test so far and that too 12 overs in Australia where the so called good to look at giant bowler Ishant also got smashed for an average of 90!! Following that Vinay performed better than all other bowlers in T20 series there. So it is time to judge on performance and not appearances.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 18:45 GMT)

Agree with kri_push

Thanks to Dhoni for keeping Kar players out so that Kar can win local matches and make us feel proud.

Instead, let him chose CSK backed players and keep losing..... feel sad as an Indian, but feel unhappy for chosing wrong talent to perform at top level.

How better is Mohit sharma and Ishwar than the inform Vinay??

Congrats to KAR on winning the double crowns!! Keep it going for next seasons as well!

Posted by ShashidharHundi on (February 12, 2014, 18:06 GMT)

This season's performance is one of the most dominating one in the Ranji season of last 15 - 20 years. No team has performed the way Karnataka team performed this season. Lot of credit must be given to this young side. JAK, MAK and Vinay deserves full credit. Star Sports not showing the award ceremony is unpardonable.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

Congrats DOUBLE CHAMP Karnataka..... Was Binny's century the fastest in the Irani Trophy? .....how many Wicket Keepers have made a century in Irani Trophy both for Ranji Champs and RoI?

Posted by wapuser on (February 12, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

This is actually Indian team other one is India A

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 14:50 GMT)

Congratulations to Team Karnataka and Vinay for leading from the front, I think Karnataka state board can take the team for overseas tours and help team India in long run by identifying world class players !

Posted by terrainwarrior on (February 12, 2014, 14:49 GMT)

IPL can seldom give quality Test (the real cricket) players compared to what a Ranji or Irani trophy can give. Yes, it was definitely wrong that not a single photo of the Irani trophy winning team was featured despite Karnataka performing so well this season.Monetarily yes, a fatter purse in IPL for Vinay Kumar & few others would have been rewarding.But they should look beyond that & not waste whatever chance comes their way if they go to play for India.

Posted by Born_Smart on (February 12, 2014, 14:19 GMT)

Its amazing to know that its the first Irani cup win by a Ranji champion in 9 years. Also, of the teams (including RoI) that have played Irani 5 or more times Karnataka have a superior success rate (71%). Karnataka lhad lost won Irani in 1998 and barring Railways (twice) no other team had beaten RoI in 15 years since then. If the players continue to do well, they'll not only knock doors of Indian selection, they'll break it down.

BTW, sad to see that RCB didn't go for VK & Uthappa. No surprise that two of the topmost cricketers (Dravid & Kumble) are kept out by Mallya from RCB are helping RR & MI. Results are there to see. RCB's best performance so far have been when Kumble was around as captain & then mentor.

On Criciinfo's part, it is sad to note that they chose to give tremendous coverage to auction completely ignoring Irani cup coverage in the same city. I was at-least expecting Karnataka team's photo with Irani cup.

Posted by TestOfTime on (February 12, 2014, 14:10 GMT)

Fantastic job guys. You never let your foot off the pedal after winning the Ranji trophy and it shows the immense class and belief. You have a great future ahead of you. Keep the focus and try to dominate the domestic scene for the nxt 2-3 years and the India caps and huge IPL contracts will start flowing in. Great job MAK and JAK and all the suppport staff and admininstartation of KSCA (Kumble team especially)

Posted by android_user on (February 12, 2014, 13:50 GMT)

congrats vinay and boys .icing on the cake .looks like this team will dominate for sometime .it will be interesting to see how they perform against visiting international team.

Posted by Farce-Follower on (February 12, 2014, 13:19 GMT)

Had always predicted a thrashing for the ROI team. One unprofessional and lazy unit vs. a fantastic team. Always going to be a non-contest.

Posted by wapuser on (February 12, 2014, 13:15 GMT)

Congratulations karnataka ranaji team. A great victory after ranaji title. Really feel sad that RCB has not shown interest to take Robbin and vinay in the team. But purchased yuvi for 14cr. Who was out of form. I really not support RCB in this season .

Posted by Naresh28 on (February 12, 2014, 12:27 GMT)

WELL DONE TO KARNATAKA - Vinay is a good bowler on Indian pitches. I dont think he can tour. Some indian bowlers like the low bounce and their pace can take wickets in SC which suits them. Time to send RAHUL on a A-tour to see his performance outside India.

Posted by viswa257 on (February 12, 2014, 12:08 GMT)

Well Done Karnataka!!! Long time over due...We have had a great couple of seasons but unable to covert them to titles...so really heartening...and winning the Irani Trophy after the Ranji finals is like icing on the cake!! Rock on guys! Disappointing to not see a few more Karnataka lads in the national side though...keep pushing and with the sheer weight of the performances the BCCI will have no choice but to pick some of our boys for the national side!

Posted by kri_push on (February 12, 2014, 11:53 GMT)

I am pround & Happy that Karnataka have won the Irani Trophy & have achieved double, Keep going boys, I would also like to see players like Rahul,Karun,Shreyas,Guatam to play for India, guys focus dont accept anything less than the best player to be in Indian team. Karnataka should continue their dominance & bulldoze other teams,like the OZs in 90s @20s. Karnataka is the best balanced team presently with Superior bench strength, Thanks to Vinay who instead of playing for India in New Zealand has played for his home team & brough laurels to his state. Thanks to MS Dhoni, keep playing & backing Ishant,Raina,Ashwin,Bhuvanesh & many more & keep losing. Coming back to Karnataka, Kudos to support staff who have done fantastic job, who are often forgotten, Vinay you made us all pround, keep going & give your best

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 10:39 GMT)


Thanks for your insight and memorable nostalgic moments, that you had taken us also along with you.

Since, I have not seen Shreyas's bowling. I hope he turns out to be another Kumble in the making for Karnataka and for India as well..

And, Congos to Karnataka Ranji and Irani Trophy 2014 Champions.

Regards, Vishwa

Posted by fannymae on (February 12, 2014, 10:39 GMT)

Congratulations Karnataka. The team deserves a pat on its back. This team is perhaps one of the most under-rated among all Ranji teams. It is time it got its due. The selectors need to induct youngsters like Rahul, Karun and Sharath into one of the national teams. All those who criticised Vinay Kumar for his defensive tactics during the Ranji final should apologise to him.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 9:14 GMT)

The selectors should have pumped for a better ROI team. The captain did not show any imagination and the rest of the team [except Pankaj Singh] possibly came to watch the IPL Auction in Bangalore

Posted by cricketanyday on (February 12, 2014, 8:57 GMT)

Congratutlations Karnataka!!! ROI was no match for this champion side. On a dissappointing note it was sad to see Vinay Kumar not picked for T20 World cup and closer home by RCB for IPL7.(eventually it was KKR who bought Vinay and Robin) . Both should have been in RCB.( I fail to understand their thinking, while Yuvraj was bought for a whopping 14 crores.) . Virat must have laid down conditions before he was retained....that is all one can guess:(

Posted by Aryeke on (February 12, 2014, 8:50 GMT)

Well Done Karnataka ! You made all Karnataka Supporters Proud! Heartiest CONGRATULATIONS! Remember Success breads Success..... now that you have tasted success, there should be no turning back... Please remember when you go out to play....its not just you 11 or may be 14 members playing.....entire Karnataka supporters were/will be with you.......... Frankly we enjoyed each and every game and the way you team handled the situation game by game. Finally you guys have erased the bad memory of Mysore (against Mumbai). ...... KEEP IT UP! Luv U All....

Posted by RajeshNaik on (February 12, 2014, 8:40 GMT)

Great performance by Karnataka team. It was a pleasure watching them play and win. Good show. Congratulations.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 8:26 GMT)

Congrats Team Karnataka on a Golden Double. Winning both the Rajni & the Irani Your have made us proud :) @KarnatakaRanjiTeam

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 8:21 GMT)

This KARNTAKA team can compete even with the INDIA team..Congrats Guys ..Proud of you!!!!!!!

Posted by Sir_Ivor on (February 12, 2014, 8:16 GMT)

In 1989 I was in Delhi and had gone to see the India Pakistan U 19 match at the Kotla.It was the first Test of a 4 Test series, Kambli played but Sachin was not there. But I had gone primarily because of Kambli who was thought of in those days as the prodigious other half of the Tendulkar Kambli duo. Kambli's performance in that match was nothing spectacular. But there was one Kumble also in the side. He bowled fastish leg spin like Chandra used to and batted quite well. In fact he took a few wickets and scored a hundred as well. I thought I was seeing a great all rounder in the making for India. He was a tough bat and a wicket taking leg spinner. Not the classical type like Subhas Gupte in the 50s. Kumble spun the ball very little but had bounce. Shreya Gopal reminds me of Anil in many ways though we have yet to see him bat. His bowling action is like Anil's and he looks a wicket taking bowler not the ooh aah classicist. He looks even now like a great all-rounder in the making.

Posted by android_user on (February 12, 2014, 8:14 GMT)

super duper. hearty congrats our team karnataka. stupendous victory. hats off. keep up the same team spirit and look forward to see many of you in indian colors. jai karnataka.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 8:05 GMT)

Congrats ! Karnataka has proved victory goes to those who long for it the most . Wish exciting players like Shreyas Gopal get a break in Indian team.

In the current state of affairs its next to impossible. Till Dhoni and Srinivasan are there its futile to expect any positive development . An air of scheming and politics and favouritsm will continue and cricket will continue to lose.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 7:42 GMT)

Congrats KARNATAKA - Great work. Am sure this team, mostly youngsters, should see that the State team shall be unbeaten for another 5-6 years. Keep it up - Karnataka.

Posted by nayonika on (February 12, 2014, 7:38 GMT)

Congratulations Karnataka under Vinay Kumar. The state is home to many luminary names in Indian cricket. Hopefully some big names will emerge in due course from the current crop of youngsters. Wish the team continued success in the coming seasons too.

Posted by android_user on (February 12, 2014, 7:38 GMT)

well done karnataka! wana see at least the younger guys like rahul shreyas gopal cm gautam and Nair play for india someday

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 7:28 GMT)

Congratulation Karnataka Team :) I have noticed no Kannada Channels are showing this victory on Kannada Channels. They are busy with Ramadas report and IPL auction. They are not even saying one line in news about this victory.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 7:16 GMT)

Karnataka have proved beyond any doubts that they are a bunch of cricketers in excellent form.... alas..... the indian selectors only found one from this excellent team...... stuart binny....... stellar performances with the bat such as KL Rahul, and with bowl by S Gopal..... just go un notices...... the sin ... they are from KARNATAKA... the big bane of indian cricket is politics reginalism etc in selection process..... this will not take them far.... KEEP IT UP KARNATAKA....

Posted by GiriSam on (February 12, 2014, 7:16 GMT)

Wow guys way to go and beat the RoI team, very impressive. Looks like the guy Shreyal Gopal is meant for bigger things, as he matures as a player.

Posted by hemadrithegreat on (February 12, 2014, 7:11 GMT)

Congratulations to the team for winning it out rightly without giving any chance for ROI to come back into the game.Players like Rahul,Karun should not get carried over with this performance & should perform consistently so that they will get a chance to play for India...Keep it up boys...

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 12, 2014, 7:06 GMT)

Congrats Karnataka :)

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 12, 2014, 7:05 GMT)


Posted by manishym on (February 12, 2014, 7:02 GMT)

Amazing performance from Karnataka bowlers. Hope you continue playing like this for next few seasons.

Posted by android_user on (February 12, 2014, 7:02 GMT)


Posted by Kirankg37 on (February 12, 2014, 6:59 GMT)

I was planning to go to watch this match today after lunch and now match is over :( gosh!!! way to go Karnataka!!!

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 6:46 GMT)

Congratulations Team Karnataka.. Very well deserved win!!

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