Of Despairs and Hope
Its been more than a week and the Karnataka's Ranji Defeat still fresh and it still rankles. Yeah agreed it was a great advertisement for cricket, it took a Ranji final to levels only reached by Test cricket but it left somewhat bitter taste for Karnataka supporters, who in fact deserve kudos for packed stadiums on all 4 days at Mysore. One thing looks certain though, if this young brigade keeps its heads down and works hard, they are surely going to bring back the golden days of Karnataka cricket a-la 90s.
I started this season with the Ranji round-ups for our RCB stars and its ended up on a quite a high note. The three stand out performers for Karnataka, and stars which we at Club RCB can look out for, were Manish Pandey (884 runs Highest Run scorer, A Mithun (47 wickets Highest Wicket takerand Vinay Kumar (46 wickets Secong Highest wicket taker). They will be have their confidence up and looking forward to IPL 2010. Their odyssey throughout this tourney has been immensely impressive. While Manish Pandey scored his runs in very trying circumstances (194 vs UP and 144 vs Mum) on unusually seaming tracks, Mithun and Vinay Kumar have worked their socks off and struck to some great lines and lengths which has resulted in such a rich return of wickets. Thus proving that if a sides' bowling is strong it more often than not wins the matches for their team. Karnataka was hard done by some glaring umpiring errors by an Umpire in the ICC elite final and some of its own by succumbing to the intense pressure. The opposition in final sure looked flustered by the aggressive and flamboyant home team, which resulted in some rather ugly scenes by a former International level player which set a bad precedent and was followed by the junior members in the team. Some antics which followed after the victory by the away team was purely unsportsmanlike and imminently unavoidable. One plays the game hard and to-win attitude but such ungainly behavior left one wonder if they were truly deserving. Sadly such is cricket and in fact life that you don't get what you deserve.
Looking at the pure cricketing perspective, apart from the Karnataka players Dhawal Kulkarni and Abhishek Nayar look to be very good prospects. While you dont need to look any further than the Indian U-19 World Cup team (knocked out in the quarters) for the bench strength in store for Karnataka. The swashbuckling Mayank Agrawal and reliable KL Rahul are waiting in the wings to be unleashed on the Ranji cricketing scene. These lads are stupendously talented and have given the U-19 team some amazing starts in the tri-series (in SA) and in the World Cup. Robin Uthappa and Co sure need to be on their toes which serves Karnataka cricket with plenty of Hope after the despair in the season finale.