Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Karnataka's re-emergence in Cricket?

Venkatesh Prasad was appointed coach of Karnataka, after the erstwhile champions seemed to have lost their way in the wilderness, doing pretty badly in the previous couple of editions of the Ranji Trophy. Also, this season saw the return of the prodigal son, Yere Goud, who gave up his spot in the Railways team, to lead Karnataka.

The scene this season is quite different. Though the season began on an ominous note, with a huge defeat against Baroda, Karnataka has gone from strength to strength, with wins against Haryana, title holders Uttar Pradesh and a draw against Andhra Pradesh, after reaching a seemingly hopeless position. As I write this, Karnataka has scored 420 odd runs in their first innings against Tamil Nadu.

The team packed with younsters is doing a commendable job. Stalwarts Yere Goud, Thilak Naidu and Sunil Joshi are shepherding the flock quite well, with coach Prasad doing a seemingly good job. The star performer for Karnataka though has been Robin Uthappa, with an aggregtae of around 66 in this season. He has been quite consistent in his performances for India A, and a consistent season (and possibly the title) this time around should give him more than a decentchance to make it back into the Indian squad.

Let's hope that the glory days of Karnataka cricket are back.

Get more info about the Ranji 06-07 season here.

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