Ranji Trophy 2013-14

A season for Karnataka's batsmen and seamers

Stats highlights from the 2013-14 season of the Ranji Trophy, which Karnataka won to notch their seventh win in the tournament

S Rajesh

February 3, 2014

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Abhimanyu Mithun celebrates the wicket of Mohammad Kaif, Central Zone v South Zone, Duleep Trophy semi-final, Chennai, 1st day, October 10, 2013
Abhimanyu Mithun was one of only four bowlers who took 40 or more wickets in the Ranji Trophy season © ESPNcricinfo Ltd
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  • Only Mumbai (or Bombay) have won the Ranji Trophy more times than Karnataka. They have 40 titles, and four runner-up finishes. Karnataka are in joint second place with Delhi, who've also won seven times. Before their victory this season, they'd last won in 1998-99 and in 1997-98. Their other title triumphs came in 1973-74, 1977-78, 1982-83 and 1995-96. (Click here for the full list of Ranji winners and runners-up.)

  • Karnataka were the only team to win seven matches this season - they won seven and drew four. Coming into the final, Maharashtra hadn't lost a match either, but defeat in the final meant they ended with a 6-1 record. Apart from Karnataka, the only team which didn't lose a single match this season was Hyderabad - they played eight games, won one, and drew the other seven.

  • Among the eight teams which reached the quarter-finals, Maharashtra had the best batting average by far, but their bowling average was the poorest. They were the only team to average more than 40 with the bat - their average of 47.29 was well clear of Karnataka's 39.09, though Karnataka completely outbatted them in the final. In the 11 matches Maharashtra played, seven times they scored more than 400, compared to five in 11 games by Karnataka. With the ball, though, Maharashtra conceded 30.63 per wicket, compared to 27.82 for Karnataka. Among the top eight teams, only Railways had a better bowling average.

  • Karnataka, though, were the team with the most centuries this season: they managed 15, two more than Maharashtra, while Saurashtra and Hyderabad had ten each. Three Karnataka batsmen - KL Rahul, Karun Nair and Manish Pandey - scored three hundreds each. Among their bowlers, Abhimanyu Mithun led the way with 41 wickets at 24, while Vinay Kumar took 29 at 24.68. For Maharashtra Kedar Jadhav scored six hundreds and was the overall leading run-scorer in the tournament with 1223 runs at 87.35, while Harshad Khadiwale was the third-highest run-getter with 1004, next only to Jadhav and Rahul. None of the others touched 1000 for the season.

    How the top 8 teams fared in Ranji Trophy 2013-14
    Team Matches W/ L Bat ave Bowl ave 100s/ 50s 5WI/ 10WM
    Karnataka 11 7/ 0 39.09 27.82 15/ 20 7/ 1
    Maharashtra 11 6/ 1 47.29 30.63 13/ 26 4/ 3
    Punjab 10 5/ 2 30.05 28.03 8/ 19 7/ 0
    Bengal 9 3/ 1 27.76 28.74 6/ 16 3/ 2
    J&K 9 4/ 3 29.44 29.97 4/ 22 8/ 0
    Mumbai 9 4/ 2 29.80 27.87 8/ 14 5/ 2
    Railways 9 3/ 1 30.64 26.91 7/ 19 7/ 1
    Uttar Pradesh 9 2/ 2 32.77 30.03 7/ 16 5/ 0

  • Among the bowlers, Himachal Pradesh's seamer Rishi Dhawan was the leading wicket-taker with 49 in eight matches at an average of 20.30. He was one of four bowlers who took 40 more wickets this season; the others were Anureet Singh (44 at 17.56), Abhimanyu Mithun (41 at 24) and Ashok Dinda (40 at 25.97). (Click here for the leading wicket-takers this season.) Dhawan took six five-fors this season, more than any other bowler.

  • Dhawan also scored 435 runs in the season to go with his 49 wickets, averaging 39.54 with the bat and 20.30 with the ball. He was one of four allrounders to score 400-plus runs and take 25 or more wickets in the season. The others were Parvez Rasool of Jammu & Kashmir (663 runs and 27 wickets), Jalaj Saxena of Madhya Pradesh (545 runs and 35 wickets) and Syed Mohammad (420 runs and 26 wickets).

  • The top four wicket-takers in the tournament were all seamers. The highest wicket-taker among spinners was Vishal Dabholkar, the left-arm spinner from Mumbai, who took 39 wickets at 26.76. Overall in the tournament, the quicker bowlers took the honours, averaging 29.33, compared to 33.02 by the spinners. Of the 21 bowlers who took 30 or more wickets, 15 were seam bowlers. Apart from Dabholkar, the other spinners who took 30 or more wickets were Amit Yadav (37 at 20.51), Jalaj Saxena (35 at 19.68), Akshay Darekar (33 at 32.21), Rakesh Dhurv (33 at 25.36) and Shadab Jakati (30 at 33.83). The seamers for Karnataka took more wickets than those of any other team - 126 at 23.76. Maharashtra were next in terms of wickets - 121 at 27.49.

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Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

Good piece of stat Rajesh... It is really baffling why the selectors didnt pick Rishi to SA and NZ. Hope they will select him for AUS and Eng tour instead of Binny. He will be good choice along with Jadeja, Aswin, Shami, Pandey and Bhuvneswar.

Posted by crkt4evr on (February 4, 2014, 7:21 GMT)

@KumarSubramanyan shreyas being under bowed could be due to couple of reasons 1.he came to team as a batsmen who could bowl 2.karnataka seamers were good most of the time ....but i agree that he is worth a mention and he along with nair were the finds for season...hope shreyas gives more time to his bowling since karnataka have been weak in spin department ever since joshi left and none of the replacements have been effective...a leg spinner who could bat (r v seeing the next kumble! :) )

Posted by KumarSubramanyan on (February 3, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

One other very important piece of information. Shreyas Gopal picked up 22 wickets at a strike rate of less than 30...the best strike rate for any bowler with more than 20 wickets. Sure this rates a mention, Rajesh. Surprisingly, was constantly under-bowled in most matches..

Posted by Naikan on (February 3, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

Unfortunately very few of the players who excel in this tournament find a place in the Indian team- especially none of the bowlers - and no wonder we keep getting hammered by all batsmen of other international teams. Many people may have a derisive opinion of Vinay Kumar, but then they are probably deciding their views based on his small frame (body) rather than performance. In one way what Dravid asked for was right - All chosen Indian team players should also have played the Ranji matches. We would then really know if Ishant is the best bowler we can select - based on his relative performance and not based on his long hair or big physique. It is time Dhoni and selectors looked beyond their personal dislikes and select on performance based decisions.

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