Karnataka won the Irani Cup for the fifth time beating Rest of India in the final held at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on 12 February 2014. Karnataka beat Rest of India by an innings and 222 runs to win the trophy.
In response to Karnataka’s score of 606 in the first innings, Rest of India scored 201 in the first innings and 183 in the second. Shreyas Gopal five wickets haul including a hat-trick and Skipper’s Vinay Kumar four wickets haul helped Karnataka comprehensively win the game. The victory made Karnataka the first Ranji Trophy champion in the last eight seasons to win the Irani Cup, a measure of the side’s dominance this season. Also Vinay Kumar became the third Karnataka captain to win both the Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup in a same year. Karnataka last won the Irani Cup in 1998 at the same venue under Venkatesh Prasad.
Man of the Match: R. Vinay Kumar
About Irani Cup
The Irani Cup (earlier called Irani Trophy) tournament was conceived during the 1959-60 season to mark the completion of 25 years of the Ranji Trophy championship. It was named after the late Z.R. Irani, who was associated with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from its inception in 1928, till his death in 1970. The fixture is always played between the previous year’s Ranji Trophy winners and the Rest of India Team.