by far the most popular sport in Karnataka with International
cricket matches attracting a sizeable amount of spectators who
are willing to pay more than the ticket price to get a chance to
watch the match. The sports related infrastructure is mainly
concentrated in Bangalore which also played host to the 4th National Games of
India in the year 1997.
Bangalore is also the
location of the Sports
Authority of India
(SAI) which is the premier sports institute
in the country.. Karnataka is sometimes referred to as the cradle
of Indian swimming because of high standards in swimming compared
to other states.
Cricket is very popular sport in Karnataka with International cricket
attracting a sizeable amount of spectators who are willing to pay
more than the ticket price to get a chance to watch the match.
Stadium located in Bangalore is the only stadium in Karnataka that has hosted
International cricket matches.
This stadium also hosts the
National Cricket Academy
which was started to train youngsters who could represent India in
the future. Former Indian captain Anil
is by far the most successful cricketer from Karnataka
and holds the record of the most number of Test wickets
. Rahul Dravid
, the former Indian captain
represents Karnataka in the Ranji
. Syed Kirmani
and Roger Binny
from Karnataka were members of the
Indian team that won the Cricket World
in the year 1983. Other notable cricketers from Karnataka
who have represented India include Gundappa Viswanath
, Erapalli Prasanna
, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar
, Javagal Srinath
and Venkatesh Prasad
. Karnataka have also won
the Ranji Trophy
six times.. In a few
held in the 1990s (One Day
and Test match
than half of the Indian team
were made of players from Karnataka. Deepak Chougule
from Karnataka holds the
junior world record for maximum runs scored in a single day when he
scored 400 runs in his debut U-13 match against Goa.
particularly the district of Kodagu have
produced numerous hockey players who went on to represent India at
the international level.
Former Indian hockey captain
, Arjun Halappa
and several others who have
represented India at the Olympics hail from Karnataka. Hockey finds a special
place in the Kodava culture and the Kodava Hockey Festival held in
Kodagu every year has been recognised by the Guinness Book of World
Records as the largest hockey tournament in the world
A hockey team from Bangalore, known as Bangalore Lions
participates in India's
Premier Hockey League
were the winners in the second edition of the league in 2006.
is the most
notable badminton player to emerge from Karnataka with his win in
the All England
in 1980 being his most famous victory.
notable achievement is the bronze medal at the World Championships held at Copenhagen in 1983. He has also won the Danish Open, Swedish Open and the Commonwealth Games Gold Medal in the
event held in 1978 at Edmonton, Canada.
has also been ranked World No. 1 in this sport. He has started a
Badminton Academy with the help of the Tata and this academy has a centre at Bangalore.
Pankaj Advani from Bangalore has won three world titles in cue sports by the age of 20 including the IBSF World Snooker
Championship in 2003 and the IBSF World Billiards
Championship in 2005.
Bangalore has played host to the WTA event, the Bangalore Open
which was held here in 2006 and 2007. Mahesh Bhupathi, the winner of many Grand Slam doubles titles, is a resident
of Bangalore and has set up a Tennis Academy here with the help
- Sujith Somasunder, Rahul Dravid, Javagal Srinath,
Anil Kumble and
Prasad, all from Karnataka played in this match:
Bharadwaj, Rahul Dravid, Javagal Srinath, Sunil Joshi, Anil Kumble and Venkatesh Prasad,
all from Karnataka played in this match: