The IPL may be over for the year. Now the T20 World Cup will be held in Australia in October and November, and most Indian cricket fans are concentrating on that event. Nevertheless, the Karnataka State Cricket Association is quite busy. The launch of the Maharaja Trophy has provided more cricketers in the state with a platform to display their abilities at the local level.
The redesigned Karnataka Premier League, the Maharaja T20 Trophy will begin play on August 7. The player draught took place at Bangalore’s M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on July 30. Four categories of players were created: Category A (Indian and IPL players), Category B (senior states), Category C (U-25, U-23, and U-19), and Category D (other players) (emerging players). Notably, six teams will compete in the competition: Kalyani Bangalore Blasters, Mysore Warriors, Hubli Tigers, Mangalore United, and Shivamogga Strikers. Here is the list of Top 5 bowlers you can watch out for in Maharaja T20:
Legspinner, KongandaCharamannaCariappa, nicknamed Carri to his teammates, hails from the Karnataka region of Coorg. His leg break is a stock ball, and he also uses the googly and the carrom ball as variants. He also excels at bowling off-spin without adjusting his grip. He made his IPL debut in 2015 for Kolkata Knight Riders, who paid him 2.4 crores. Cariappa made his Karnataka comeback in the most recent Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. As a T20 expert, KC Cariappa has primarily participated in franchise cricket. Cariappa, so far in his career, has played 29 T20 games. In the Karnataka Premier League, he was a member of the Bijapur Bulls team. In Maharaja T2O, he is representing Shivamogga Strikers. He is expected to continue his T20 form.
Prateek Jain, a left-arm seamer from Karnataka, is a rising talent. Through the Karnataka Premier League, Prateek gained popularity. He moved to Bangalore from Madhya Pradesh. Since that, he has been competing in Bangalore’s top division of cricket, rising up the ranks to represent Karnataka at the U-19 and U-23 levels. He advanced to the senior team in 2018 and made his debut against Gujarat. Prateek took three wickets in the game, but the tournament didn’t give him a steady run. In the Vijay Hazare Final versus Tamil Nadu, in 2019, the pacer made his List A debut once more. He is now waiting to prove his chance in Mysore Warriors.
In his comparatively brief career, Jagadeesha Suchith has experienced everything. He broke the glass ceiling and compedfor the champion Mumbai Indians and the player went almost two seasons without finding a team. Jagadeesha Suchith participated for Karnataka in a number of age-group teams. In the 2014–15 season, Suchith made a big impression on the domestic scene. Additionally, in that season’s Vijay Hazare Trophy 50-over competition, Suchith emerged as one of Karnataka’s top bowlers. In the 2016 Karnataka Premier League, he also demonstrated his batting abilities by scoring the fastest fifty in the competition. Suchith played for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL before he had played in a First Class match. Now he is waiting to find his way through Bengaluru Blasters.
When you hear his name, you may immediately think of the 2018 IPL match where he struck out Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in quick succession. Surprisingly, the leg-spinner’s hat trick against Rajasthan Royals the next season in the team included both Kohli and De Villiers. Gopal has been reliable with both the bat and the ball ever since he made his Karnataka first-class debut in the 2013–14 season. In his U19 years, this right-handed batsman started as an opener for Karnataka. He eventually developed a special liking for bowling and became a true leg-spinner. Gopal picked up five wickets in his first first-class match against Mumbai, helping Karnataka win the match. You can expect him to showcase the same performance with his team Mysore Warriors.
All-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham, who became one of the most expensive uncapped Indian cricketers in IPL history, played for LSG in IPL. K Gowtham has demonstrated that, when given a chance, he can contribute with both the bat and the ball in the IPL. More significantly, in domestic cricket over a number of years. Powerful lower-order batsman and off-spinner. Gowtham made his T20 debut against Chennai on October 16, 2011, in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Gowtham demonstrated his prowess during the 2016–17 Ranji Trophy by taking two consecutive five-wicket hauls against Delhi and Assam. Gowtham made waves in 2018 when the Rajasthan Royals paid a record 6.2 crores to get him. He now waits to create an ever-lasting impression with his team Shivamogga Strikers, in Maharaja T20.
There has been a positive response to Maharaja T20 from the Cricket fans. It is believed that this will be a platform for players to showcase their ability and make a mark in the ever-competing T20 space.