In the cricketing circles of Karnataka, Ganesh Satish has been making waves since his younger days. From the age of 12, the right-handed batsman has represented Karnataka U-14s, U-16s, U-19s and the senior team.
In his last game for Karnataka – the 2013-14 Ranji Trophy final, Ganesh scored a match-winning century and followed by 84 against Rest of India in the Irani Cup which Karnataka emerged triumphant.
Having been among the elite list of players from the state for many years and also been leading the senior team, Ganesh’s move to Vidarbha left the cricketing community shocked.
Despite a fine run for his home state, Ganesh applied for an NOC in June 2014. “To be very honest, there were a lot of insecurities in Karnataka and wasn’t given a fair run. I had to make a quick decision as I wanted to play a full season with complete freedom. There was a lot of pressure about my slot in the squad,” mentioned Ganesh.
But the move to Vidarbha turned fruitful for the Bengaluru boy by winning his second Ranji Trophy title and also the Irani Cup. “There’s healthy competition among the players in the team and there are lot of juniors coming in. It has not been that a great season but the team has done well. My contribution to the team must help and that is important,” added the 30-year-old.
In the recently completed season, Ganesh amassed 507 runs in 15 innings at an average of 33.80.
On scoring 48 and 87 in the Rest of India (ROI) in Irani Cup, Ganesh rated it as one of his top innings. “The 87 which I got in the second innings probably shaped the game in our favour. It is one of my top innings.”
For the seasoned pro, playing Test cricket is a priority than the Indian Premier League. “I have never thought of IPL but if I get an opportunity, I will definitely grab it. Getting an chance to play in the IPL is itself is great. But my ultimate dream still remains to play Test cricket for India,” he explained.
Ranji Trophy 2018-19
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50
11 15 0 507 90 33.80 1218 41.62 0 5