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Karthik Krishnaswamy in Hyderabad

Ranji Trophy 2013-14

Depth, healthy competition clinched it for Karnataka

The Ranji winners made several changes through the season, and importantly, the players grabbed their opportunities. Team bonding and a sound mentorship system also contributed to their success

Karnataka celebrate their seventh Ranji Trophy title

Karthik Krishnaswamy

Ranji Trophy 2013-14

Self-taught Bawne gives Maharashtra solidity

An age-related incident may have kept Ankit Bawne out of the 2012 Under-19 World Cup, but he has not let that controversy affect his batting. Instead, he is making his presence felt by the weight of his Ranji Trophy runs for Maharashtra

Ankit Bawne scored an unbeaten 115

Karthik Krishnaswamy

Ranji Trophy, 2013-14

Trite out, outright in

There has been a conscious effort from the BCCI to produce sporting pitches in Ranji Trophy; the results have now started to show

Stuart Binny gets an awkward bouncer during his vital 31

Karthik Krishnaswamy in Indore

Bengal v Maharashtra, Ranji Trophy semi-finals, Indore, 1st day

The free jazz of Samad Fallah's bowling

With an unpredictable run-up and an urgent, hustling style, Maharashtra seamer Samad Fallah has scripted a tale of resilience and passion for cricket

Samad Fallah holds up the ball after taking a wicket

J&K take the step up

Last season's bottom-dwellers were this season's quarter-finalists in the Ranji Trophy. They now have the belief to compete against the top teams, but they need better preparation

Parvez Rasool works one on the leg side

Ranji Trophy 2013-14, semi-finals

'Wearing the Bengal jersey is my motivation'- Shukla

Laxmi Shukla hasn't played for India since 1999, but the allrounder doesn't have any regrets. Irrespective of the stage, Shukla has always given his best, and this season, he has led by example to guide a young Bengal team to the Ranji Trophy semi-finals

Laxmi Shukla plays a reverse sweep