“Mysuru Warriors” are a Karnataka Premier League (KPL) Cricket team, powered by Cycle Pure Agarbathis, a popular brand of Agarbathis from Mysuru’s NR Group, the Agarbathi to Aerospace conglomerate. They have been a name to reckon with in the KPL since their debut in the 2014-15 season. Uday R has more.
The Mysuru Warriors team have been a part of the KPL since the 2014-15 edition of the league. Theirs was a winning debut. Since then, led by captain Manish Pandey, they have made their presence felt in every edition of the league.
The team’s tag-line is “Ditta Nade, Spashta Guri” translating to “Strong steps towards a clear goal”. The Mysuru Warriors goal is to promote quality cricket in Karnataka and in turn nurture talent, and provide players of national calibre which they have already proved by producing talented cricketers including its former skipper Manish Pandey, Karun Nair and the present captain Suchith who went on to be regular member of Mumbai Indian IPL team. All three also represent Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy with distinction.
NR Group, has always been an organization replete with avid cricket lovers. Team Owners Arjun Ranga, and Pavan Ranga, are huge cricket enthusiasts, and along with NR Group have been closely associated with cricketing initiatives both nationally, in Karnataka and locally as well. The NR Group has also backed Team India at numerous World Cups. The NR Group launched the widely successful ‘Pray for India’ campaign spanning more than 100 cities during the ICC World Cups in 2011, 2015 and 2017.
NR Group’s strong dedication to nurture cricketing talent, in Karnataka drew team owners and the NR Group’s Board Members Arjun Ranga, and Pavan Ranga to the concept of KPL. And thus the Mysuru Warrior’s journey through the KPL began. The NR Group felt that a strong association with the tournament will be a strong rallying point to encourage and nurture cricketing talent in the hinterlands of Karnataka and give them a platform for professional exposure.
The third edition of the KPL and the first for Mysuru Warriors, in 2014 ended in victory for the Warriors. The Team, then led by Manish Pandey, along with current captain Suchith J, beat the current KPL Champions, the Belgavi Panthers, by six wickets in the final to lift the trophy. After which, the “Mysuru Warriors” have been a potent presence in the KPL. The team has matured into a training ground to foster nascent talent.
One of the methods to foster quality talent is through their Grass-root “Talent Hunt” – which is an annual scouting program for cricketers, in Karnataka in various locations conducted by the Karnataka Premier League.
Every year, several players are short-listed to train with the First team, during their pre-season practices. After a detailed selection process during these training sessions, two players are selected to represent each team at the KPL. Mysuru Warriors is a firm believer that talent must be nurtured and does its bit to nurture rural talent.
For this year’s ongoing edition, the Warriors have roped in former Indian speedster and former bowling coach of Team India, Venkatesh Prasad as a mentor.
He comes with a significant amount of coaching experience, with the Indian Cricket Team, and ultimately with numerous teams in the IPL. Since both the IPL and the KPL, follow the 20-20 format, his experience is expected to prove deadly for opponents at the 2018 edition of the KPL.
The team along with Venkatesh Prasad, and Head coach RX Murali, will be led by Captain Suchith J, who was part of the winning “Mysuru Warriors” team in 2014. Players, like Amit Verma, SP Manjunath and BN Bharath, are all set to take the KPL by storm this season. The Warriors, look to fuse together youth and experience to deploy a trophy winning combination at the KPL, this year.
The team, has always worked towards the betterment of society, with their various initiatives, over the years. This year, the Warriors donated, Rs: 1 Lakh to flood relief in Kerala, along with a cricket match with project “Prerepana”, to raise awareness for the same. The Warriors, have also associated themselves with Deutsche Cleft Kinderhlife, Reforest India, Kalisu Foundation and Usha Kiran Eye Hospital, in order to drive societal change, in and around Mysuru.
The Mysuru Warriors, along with the NR Group, are inspired to drive change in the Indian cricketing community and society. Cycle Pure Agarbathis has always had a true passion for cricket and aspires to work harder towards the overall development of the game and its players. It was this true passion that made Cycle Pure Agarbathis associate with the KPL, which eventually lead to the owning of the Mysuru franchise.
But the NR Group’s support for nurturing cricketing talent does not stop at providing playing opportunities alone. The NR group has provided permanent employment too, to promising and outstanding cricketers. And its patronage is not just limited to cricket. The NR Group also supports promising sports persons from other sports in Mysuru.