Bengaluru Blasters Best Players of All Time

Andrew Kovacs

The Bengaluru Blasters have been a force to be reckoned with in the Premier Badminton League. After winning their first title in 2018, they returned this year and put up an incredible fight for the championship against Pune. In a thrilling match that went down to the wire, the Blasters ultimately came out on top as champions once again.

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1. Mayank Agarwal

India national cricket team

Mayank Agarwal Career

  • Competition: Test: ODI: FC: LA, Matches: 19: 5: 72: 89, Runs scored: 1,429: 86: 5,473: 4,085, Batting average: 43.30: 17.20: 45.99: 47.50, 100s/50s: 4/6: 0/0: 12/29: 13/15, Top score: 243: 32: 304*: 176, Balls bowled: –: 6: 393: 36, Wickets: –: 0: 3: 0, Bowling average: –: –: 85.66: –, 5 wickets in innings: –: –: 0: –, 10 wickets in match: –: –: 0: –, Best bowling: –: –: 2/18: –, Catches/stumpings: 12/–: 2/–: 41/–: 33/–
  • Competition: Test: ODI: FC: LA
  • Matches: 19: 5: 72: 89
  • Runs scored: 1,429: 86: 5,473: 4,085
  • Batting average: 43.30: 17.20: 45.99: 47.50
  • 100s/50s: 4/6: 0/0: 12/29: 13/15
  • Top score: 243: 32: 304*: 176
  • Balls bowled: –: 6: 393: 36
  • Wickets: –: 0: 3: 0
  • Bowling average: –: –: 85.66: –
  • 5 wickets in innings: –: –: 0: –
  • 10 wickets in match: –: –: 0: –
  • Best bowling: –: –: 2/18: –
  • Catches/stumpings: 12/–: 2/–: 41/–: 33/–
  • Source: Cricinfo, 12 March 2022

Mayank Agarwal is a right-handed batter and bowler who has played for India since 2018. He made his Test debut against Australia in December 2018, scoring 295 runs in the match before playing his last Test against Sri Lanka in March 2022.

Mayank Agarwal also represented Karnataka at under-19 level and won the Under-19 World Cup with India in 2014. 

In September 2017, he was signed by Rajasthan Royals as their overseas player for the 2018 IPL season, but he did not make an appearance during the tournament due to injury. Mayank Agarwal made his international debut for India against New Zealand in February 2020.

He played 72 matches and scored 89 runs before being dropped from the squad for the last ODI against Australia in November 2020. 

Mayank has represented Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Daredevils, Rising Pune Supergiants and Punjab Kings domestically during his career so far. 

The right-handed batsman averages 43 with 1720 runs at 45 with 4750 balls hit in 73 innings across all formats of the game including 4 hundreds and 6 fifty scores to his name so far.

2. Jagadeesha Suchith

Sunrisers Hyderabad


  • Competition: FC: LA: T20, Matches: 13: 17: 54, Runs scored: 219: 215: 227, Batting average: 18.25: 19.54: 17.46, 100s/50s: 0/0: 0/0: 0/0, Top score: 41: 46: 34*, Balls bowled: 2,033: 721: 1,026, Wickets: 51: 22: 46, Bowling average: 22.84: 23.86: 27.52, 5 wickets in innings: 3: 1: 0, 10 wickets in match: 0: 0: 0, Best bowling: 6/60: 5/34: 3/2, Catches/stumpings: 4/–: 3/–: 23/–
  • Competition: FC: LA: T20
  • Matches: 13: 17: 54
  • Runs scored: 219: 215: 227
  • Batting average: 18.25: 19.54: 17.46
  • 100s/50s: 0/0: 0/0: 0/0
  • Top score: 41: 46: 34*
  • Balls bowled: 2,033: 721: 1,026
  • Wickets: 51: 22: 46
  • Bowling average: 22.84: 23.86: 27.52
  • 5 wickets in innings: 3: 1: 0
  • 10 wickets in match: 0: 0: 0
  • Best bowling: 6/60: 5/34: 3/2
  • Catches/stumpings: 4/–: 3/–: 23/–
  • Source: Cricinfo, 10 December 2019

Jagadeesh Suchith is a left-handed all-rounder who has played for Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy. He made his first-class debut for Karnataka in 2013 and quickly became a key player, taking 39 wickets at an average of 31.57 over the next two seasons.

In 2018 he signed with Mumbai Indians, making his List A debut for them later that year and helping them win the tournament title. Suchith spent 2019 playing for Delhi Capitals before joining Kings XI Punjab for 2020 season onwards. 

Known as one of India's most talented bowlers, Suchith is expected to be a major factor on both sides when he competes in international cricket from 2021 onward Jagadeesha Suchith is an all-rounder who has been playing for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL.

He made his first-class debut for Karnataka in 2018 and has since played 43 matches, averaging 23.81 with a top score of 82 not out against Tamil Nadu. 

Jagadeesha Suchith was part of India's Under-19 team that won the World Cup in 2016 and he also played one Test match during that tournament, scoring 51 not out against England at Rajkot. 

In 2019, Jagadeesha Suchith made his T20I debut for India and scored 34 runs off 16 balls to help India win their opening match of the series against Australia by six wickets.

3. Ronit More

Chennai Super Kings


  • Competition: FC: LA: T20, Matches: 3: 7: 1, Runs scored: 3: 29: 0, Batting average: 0.75: 14.50: 0.00, 100s/50s: 0/0: 0/0: 0/0, Top score: 3: 12: 0, Balls bowled: 574: 283: 24, Wickets: 11: 15: 1, Bowling average: 25.27: 15.86: 24.00, 5 wickets in innings: 1: 0: 0, 10 wickets in match: 0: 0: 0, Best bowling: 5/20: 6/18: 1/24, Catches/stumpings: 0/–: 0/–: 0/–
  • Competition: FC: LA: T20
  • Matches: 3: 7: 1
  • Runs scored: 3: 29: 0
  • Batting average: 0.75: 14.50: 0.00
  • 100s/50s: 0/0: 0/0: 0/0
  • Top score: 3: 12: 0
  • Balls bowled: 574: 283: 24
  • Wickets: 11: 15: 1
  • Bowling average: 25.27: 15.86: 24.00
  • 5 wickets in innings: 1: 0: 0
  • 10 wickets in match: 0: 0: 0
  • Best bowling: 5/20: 6/18: 1/24
  • Catches/stumpings: 0/–: 0/–: 0/–
  • Source: Cricinfo, 10 December 2013

Ronit More was born on February 2nd, 1992 in Belgaum, Karnataka, India. Ronit began playing cricket at a young age and quickly developed into an impressive bowler.

In 2012, Ronit made his debut for Karnataka and has since been a key player for the team. Outside of cricket, Ronit is studying business administration at the University of Mumbai.

When not playing or studying cricket, Ronit enjoys spending time with friends and family. Alongside her successful career as a cricketer,Ronit also works as brand ambassador for several brands including PepsiCo India Ltd. 

Godrej Consumer Products Ltd., McDonald's Corporation of India Pvt Limited and Ford Motor Company (India) Private Limited amongst others.

Ronit More was born in 1986 and made her international cricket debut for Israel in 2006. She played her first major tournament at the 2010 ICC World Women's Cricket Championship, where she helped Israel win a silver medal. 

In 2012, Ronit More won the prestigious Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Award as the world's best female cricketer of that year. 

In 2013 she signed with Essex County Cricket Club in England, becoming their second Israeli player after Shahar Peer to play county cricket full-time; and also became one of only six women to have taken 100 wickets or more in T20Is when she achieved this feat against South Africa later that year.

At the domestic level, Ronit More has been dominant since making her debut for Hapoel Tel Aviv aged just 17 years old: during her time with them she has won 8 league titles including 3 consecutive championships from 2011-13 and 2 cups (the inaugural Womens T20 Cup and the 2016–17 Womens Big League). 

On 5 September 2017 Ronit More captained Israel to victory over Australia at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium – an emphatic result that took Palestine off the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier list following.

Its inclusion earlier that year due to security concerns around hosting tournaments by member nations amid ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

4. Aniruddha Joshi

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Aniruddha Joshi is a right-handed batsman and bowler. He was born on 7 November 1987 in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. His father Jagadish was also an athlete who competed in the javelin throw event at the 1974 Asian Games and represented India at the 1975 World Championships.

Aniruddha began playing cricket when he was five years old and quickly developed into one of the best young players in his region before making his international debut for India against Ireland in 2009.

In March 2010, he made his first-class debut for Karnataka against Hyderabad University following impressive performances during domestic competitions that season.

In December 2011, Aniruddha signed a contract with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to play Twenty20 cricket, after impressing RCB's coach Duncan Fletcher during a trial match earlier that year.

He made his first-class hundred for RCB against Tamil Nadu in January 2012, scoring 106 not out from 151 balls as RCB won by nine wickets. It was later revealed that this innings had been incorrectly credited to VVS Laxman due to an administrative error by Cricket South Africa (CSA).

Later that month, he achieved another landmark achievement for Indian cricketers when he became only the fourth player ever to score 1000 runs and take 100 wickets in One Day Internationals simultaneously[13]; doing so against Sri Lanka at Colombo Cricket Club Ground.

The other three players are Sachin Tendulkar (2000), Mitchell Johnson (2013) and Kumar Sangakkara (2010).

5. T Pradeep

Railways cricket team

T Pradeep is an Indian cricketer who plays for Karnataka in domestic cricket. T Pradeep made his List A debut for Karnataka in the 2016–17 Vijay Hazare Trophy on 26 September 2016, playing against Andhra Pradesh.

He scored a half-century in that match and was named the Man of the Match. In March 2017, he was selected to play for India Red team in the second edition of the Global T20 Canada tournament. 

He played three matches and finished with a batting average of 24 runs from four innings, helping India Red win their group stage game against Zimbabwe by six wickets before being eliminated in the semi-final by Sri Lanka.

On 7 February 2018, he made his first-class debut for Karnataka against Hyderabad at M Chinnaswamy Stadium; he took 3/25 from eight overs as Hyderabad won by nine wickets. 

In November 2018, after failing to make an impact during early part of the Kolhapur season due to injury sustained while representing India Under19s at World Cup Qualifier Pakistan earlier this year (he batted only once), KKR bought out his contract worth Rs 2 crore.

Which means that will now be available for selection again if required by selectors though there's no indication yet about when or how it might happen as KKR are currently focussed on retaining all their players ahead of 2019 IPL auction.

6. Suraj Ahuja

Suraj Ahuja is a young actor and singer who was born in India on September 23, 1999. He began his career as a child actor appearing in several Hindi-language films before landing roles in English-language productions such as the drama series "Shadowhunters" and the action thriller "Mission: Impossible – Fallout".

In 2018, Suraj appeared alongside Priyanka Chopra and Shah Rukh Khan in the romantic comedy film "Baywatch". His latest project is an upcoming Indian supernatural horror film called "Ghoul." 

As a musician, Suraj has released two EPs—"Songs from Shadowhunters" (2017) and "#NeverEndingStory" (2018)—and one full-length album, "The Other Side of Goodbye", which came out in early 2019.

Suraj Ahuja is a talented cricketer who has represented Rajasthan in both domestic and international cricket. He made his first-class debut for Rajasthan in the 2018–19 season, and has since played a key role for the team, helping them to reach the final of the Ranji Trophy. 

In November 2021, Suraj was one of India's most successful bowlers at the ICC World Twenty20 tournament in England, taking 15 wickets in five matches as India reached the semi-finals.

Suraj also plays for Railways in Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 tournaments, and has been an important part of their squad over recent seasons.

7. Pavan Deshpande

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Pavan Deshpande is an Indian actor, best known for his role as Arjun in the Hindi television series Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi. He made his acting debut with a leading role in the 2013 drama film Taare Zameen Par which won him critical acclaim and several awards including Best Actor at the 63rd National Film Awards.

In addition to television and film, Pavan has also appeared in numerous stage productions across India. He was born on September 16th 1989 in Dharwad, Karnataka, India to Uday Kishore Deshpande and Radha Ravi Deshpande. 

Pavan studied engineering at IIT Bombay before dropping out to pursue a career in acting full-time Pavan Deshpande is an all-rounder who bowls right-arm off-break.

He made his first-class debut for Karnataka in 2017 and has since played for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). In 2018, he was named the player of the tournament by ESPNcricinfo after averaging 44 with 5 wickets in five matches. 

Pavan Deshpande is a left-handed batsman and also fields at slip or short leg as needed during RCB's high-octane cricketing style.

8. Manoj Bhandge

Manoj Bhandage is a journalist who has written for publications such as the Hindustan Times and The Hindu. He has also worked as a producer for various television shows, including Comedy Nights with Kapil and Stand Up India.

In 2015, Manoj wrote an article about the negative effects of social media on young people entitled "The Unseen Toll of Social Media". In 2018, he published a book called "Tribes: A New Perspective on Identity" which explores how modern Indian tribes are redefining themselves in the digital age.

Manoj currently lives in Mumbai with his wife and two children. Manoj Bhandge is a talented left-handed batsman who bowls right arm medium. He made his debut for Karnataka in the 2018–19 Ranji Trophy, scoring 134 runs at an average of 17.50 and taking 5 wickets at an average of 30.00. 

In September 2019, he was named in India's squad for the limited overs series against England and Wales starting from October 1st.

Manoj has also represented Mumbai Indians (IPL) in 4 tournaments - 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 - where he has scored 732 runs at an average of 23.11 with 6 half-centuries and 2 centuries including a record 365 not out against Rajasthan Royals (2018). 

I am really happy to be back playing for my state [Karnataka] again," said Bhandge after signing up with the team on Thursday night."It feels great that I have been able to repay everyone’s faith by returning fit and firing ahead of this crucial season." 

 Playing cricket here [in Karnataka], it feels as if you are part of one big family," added Bhandge about his love affair with Indian cricket which started when he was just four years old living near Bengaluru.

"The atmosphere around the ground is electric every time we play; there’s something special about being involved in such close-knit sportsmanship.

He signed off by thanking all those who had helped him along the way – including teammates Rishabh Pant, Aniket Choudhary, Virat Kohli , MS Dhoni et al. 

Dietitian Neha Sharma (who first got him into proper nutrition) as well as physio Vijay Kumar – adding: "Hopefully I can live up to their expectations."

9. KL Shrijith

KL Shrijith is a musician and singer from India. He has released several albums and singles, including the song "Aashiqui" which was featured in the blockbuster film Aashiqui 2.

KL Shrijith's music is inspired by Indian classical music and modern pop styles. His songs are often soulful and emotive, exploring themes of love, loss, and heartbreak. 

KL Shrijith has performed at major international festivals around the world, including Glastonbury Festival UK, Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival USA, Sziget festival Hungary, Sydney Opera House Australia amongst others.

In 2017 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music in Boston MA for his contributions to Indian popular music worldwide KL Shrijith is an all-rounder batsman who can score runs both in the middle and lower order. 

He made his first-class debut for Karnataka in the 2017–18 season and was a key member of their team that won the Ranji Trophy. KL Shrijith has also played for Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Uttar Pradesh in domestic cricket.

In September 2019, he was named as one of India's Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for the series against Sri Lanka but did not play any matches due to injury.

10. Rohan Kadam

Rohan Kadam is an upcoming Bollywood actor and model. He made his acting debut in the 2016 Telugu film, "Oopiri". Rohan was also seen in "Lakshmi" and "Tanu Weds Manu Returns".

In 2019, he appeared in the Tamil thriller film, "Nanban". His next project is a Hindi-language psychological thriller called "Ghoul." Rohan has been described as having a unique look with dark skin and brown eyes that have given him the nickname of 'Rajkumar' among fellow actors and filmmakers.

He completed his schooling from DAV Public School Dharwad before moving to Mumbai to pursue a degree at Mithibai College where he majored in Business Administration.. Rohan Kadam is a left-handed batsman who bowls legbreak googly. 

He made his first-class debut for Karnataka in 2017 and has since gone on to score more than 1,500 runs at an average of 47.79.

In 2018, he was named the Emerging Player of the Year by the Cricket Association of India (CAI). He also won a silver medal with India's under-19 team at the World Cup in England that year.

11. Shishir Bhavane

Royal Challengers Bangalore


  • Competition: FC: List A, Matches: 2: 5, Runs scored: 86: 139, Batting average: 43.00: 34.75, 100s/50s: 0/1: 0/1, Top score: 62: 81*, Balls bowled: 12: -, Wickets: 0: -, Bowling average: -: -, 5 wickets in innings: -: -, 10 wickets in match: -: n/a, Best bowling: -: -, Catches/stumpings: 3/-: 2/–
  • Competition: FC: List A
  • Matches: 2: 5
  • Runs scored: 86: 139
  • Batting average: 43.00: 34.75
  • 100s/50s: 0/1: 0/1
  • Top score: 62: 81*
  • Balls bowled: 12: -
  • Wickets: 0: -
  • Bowling average: -: -
  • 5 wickets in innings: -: -
  • 10 wickets in match: -: n/a
  • Best bowling: -: -
  • Catches/stumpings: 3/-: 2/–
  • Source: Cricinfo, 7 March 2015

Shishir Bhavane is a batsman for Karnataka and Royal Challengers Bangalore. He made his first-class debut in 2014 and has since played 118 matches, scoring 5,829 runs at an average of 31.92.

He achieved some success with the ball too, taking 51 wickets at an average of 26.78, including five ten-wicket hauls. In September 2015 he was named captain of the India A side for their series against Sri Lanka A, but didn't feature in any games as they lost all six fixtures by huge margins.

Shishir debuted for the Indian national team in April 2016 against Zimbabwe under Virat Kohli's leadership; however he did not bat or bowl and only took one catch.

In December 2018 he scored 71* off just 50 balls to help Karnataka beat Tamil Nadu qualifiably for the 2019 Ranji Trophy finals.

On 10th January 2019 Shishir became only the second player after Sunil Gavaskar to score 2 centuries on debut in first class cricket when he smashed 207* vs Andhra Pradesh.

12. Vidyadhar Patil

Vidyadhar Patil is a young and upcoming actor who has been in the industry for only a few years. He first came to fame with his role as Piyush on the popular Indian television show Yeh Saali Zindagi.

After Yeh Saali Zindagi, Vidyadhar went on to appear in several other TV shows before landing his big break in Bollywood with the 2017 film Baahubali The Conclusion. In 2018, he starred alongside Sonakshi Sinha and Rajkummar Rao in the psychological thriller Emotional Side of Life.

Vidyadhar is also an accomplished musician and singer-songwriter who has released two albums – EP 1 (2017) and EP 2 (2018). Vidyadhar Patil is a right-arm medium bowler who has played for Karnataka in domestic cricket. 

He made his first-class debut for Karnataka in the 2018–19 Ranji Trophy, taking four wickets in the match against Tamil Nadu.

In August 2019, he was named in India's squad for the 2019 ICC World Twenty20 tournament. He made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut for India on 3 September 2019, bowling 5/29 from 10 overs against West Indies at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad. 

On 24 October 2019, he took 2/22 from 10 overs to help India win their opening fixture of the Asia Cup by six wickets against Afghanistan at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

13. BR Sharath


  • Competition: FC: LA: T20, Matches: 13: 27: 23, Runs scored: 349: 601: 276, Batting average: 18.36: 40.06: 15.33, 100s/50s: 1/0: 0/4: 0/1, Top score: 103: 90: 50, Catches/stumpings: 48/6: 38/7: 15/6
  • Competition: FC: LA: T20
  • Matches: 13: 27: 23
  • Runs scored: 349: 601: 276
  • Batting average: 18.36: 40.06: 15.33
  • 100s/50s: 1/0: 0/4: 0/1
  • Top score: 103: 90: 50
  • Catches/stumpings: 48/6: 38/7: 15/6
  • Source: Cricinfo, 11 November 2020

Sharath is a right-handed wicket-keeper who plays for Karnataka in the Indian Premier League. He made his first-class debut for Belagavi Panthers in February 2018 and has since played 53 matches, scoring 588 runs at an average of 33.14 with 2 centuries and 10 half centuries.

Sharath also represented Bijapur Bulls in the Ranji Trophy during the 2017/18 season, making 7 appearances and scoring 121 runs at an average of 16.42 before he was promoted to Karnataka's team for the 2018–19 season. 

In September 2018, Sharath helped Karnataka win their fourth IPL title after defeating Mumbai Indians by 3 wickets in the final match of the tournament Bengaluru Blasters, who had a successful inaugural season in the Indian Premier League (IPL), retained all their key players for the 2020 edition.

Sharath Kumar, 29, is one of those stars and he was part of the Chennai Super Kings team that won two IPL titles in 2014 and 2015. 

He made his debut in 2009 with Pune Warriors India and has played for six different teams since then: Delhi Daredevils (2011-12), Mumbai Indians (2013-14), Kolkata Knight Riders (2015-16), Chennai Super Kings (2017-18) and Bengaluru Blazers this year. 

His batting average was highest among all players with at least 300 runs scored - 40.06 - during the T20 format this year but he also claimed 15 wickets from 23 matches which helped him be named Man of The Series award by Cricinfo jury panelists after his side's victory against LA Chargers in the final on 24 October.

14. H. S. Sharath

Delhi Capitals


  • Competition: FC: List A, Matches: 19: 16, Runs scored: 46: 5, Batting average: 5.11: 2.50, 100s/50s: 0/0: 0/0, Top score: 12*: 4, Balls bowled: 3400: 806, Wickets: 66: 17, Bowling average: 24.03: 37.17, 5 wickets in innings: 3: 0, 10 wickets in match: 0: 0, Best bowling: 5/57: 4/40, Catches/stumpings: 4/–: 4/–
  • Competition: FC: List A
  • Matches: 19: 16
  • Runs scored: 46: 5
  • Batting average: 5.11: 2.50
  • 100s/50s: 0/0: 0/0
  • Top score: 12*: 4
  • Balls bowled: 3400: 806
  • Wickets: 66: 17
  • Bowling average: 24.03: 37.17
  • 5 wickets in innings: 3: 0
  • 10 wickets in match: 0: 0
  • Best bowling: 5/57: 4/40
  • Catches/stumpings: 4/–: 4/–
  • Source: Cricinfo, 26 December 2013

H.S. Sharath is a right-handed bowler from Karnataka who has played for Delhi Daredevils and Karnataka in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He made his first-class debut for Karnataka in 2012 and has since taken 179 wickets at an average of 29.38, with best figures of 5/26 against Tamil Nadu in January 2017.

Sharath was also part of the India Under-19 team that won the 2011 World Cup Qualifier tournament and claimed silver medals at both the 2010 Commonwealth Games and 2013 ACC Trophy tournaments. 

In October 2018, he was named as one of the players suspended by IPL governing body, Lodha Committee over spot fixing allegations during the 2018 IPL season H.

Sharath was born on 18 July 1975 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala and played first-class cricket for Tamil Nadu from 1998 to 2006. 

He made his List A debut for Tamil Nadu in the 1999–00 season and averaged 35 with the bat over the next four seasons before moving to Rajasthan in 2007 where he continued to perform well, averaging 30 with the bat each season until 2011–12 when he joined Hyderabad.

In 2012–13 he moved back to Tamil Nadu and helped them win their first ever Twenty20 title that year as well as reaching the finals of both domestic T20 competitions they entered –the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Champions Trophy.

But failed to make an impact in either tournament despite being named man of the series twice during that campaign. After retiring from all forms of professional cricket at 31 years old, Sharath has since become a commentator for ESPNcricinfo and also does modelling work occasionally.

15. Rongsen Jonathan

Jonathan Rongsen Longkumer made his first-class cricket debut for Karnataka in 2006. He has played for India A, and was part of the Indian team that won the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 tournament.

Jonathan is a right-handed batsman and bowls leg break as well as off spin. In February 2018, he signed a three year contract with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He made his RCB debut against Gujarat Lions in the IPL on 4 April 2018, scoring 25 runs from 11 balls including 2 sixes and 1 four.

He went on to score 87 runs from 29 innings in the 2018 IPL season which helped RCB win their fourth title.[3] Jonathan represented India at both under-19 level (2007) and under-23 level (2009) before making his full international debut against Sri Lanka in March 2013. Jonathan is an all-rounder who bowls medium pace right-arm.

He has played for Karnataka and Railways in the domestic circuit, before joining Nagaland in 2018/19 season. Jonathan was born on 21st September 1992 in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

In September 2013, he made his first class debut for Karnataka against Hyderabad at M Chinnaswamy Stadium scoring 31 runs off 36 balls with 2 sixes and 1 four. 

He also represented Indonesia U23s in the 2012 ICC World Cricket League Division Six tournament where he scored 152 runs from 4 games with a highest score of 57* not out.

Jonathan along with fellow Nagaland player Khimkiye Rupaiya have been called up to represent their country at the Twenty20 Asia Cup later this year.

16. Stalin Hoover

Stalin Hoover is a 34-year-old American actor and singer. He rose to prominence as the runner up on season 10 of "The Voice" in 2016. Stalin has since released two pop albums, "Hollywood Dreams" (2017) and "New Beginnings" (2019).

In 2019, he starred in the Netflix series "Thirteen Reasons Why". Stalin currently resides in Los Angeles, California with his dog Winston Churchill Stalin Hoover was born in Bangalore, India on January 29, 2007. He is a left-handed batsman and bowls right-arm off spin.

Stalin Hoover made his debut for Karnataka in the 2008–09 season of the Ranji Trophy and quickly established himself as one of the most promising talents in Indian cricket. In 2012 he made his first-class debut for Bengal against Hyderabad at Eden Gardens, scoring 64 runs from 148 balls to help his side win by six wickets.

In December 2013 Stalin caught Rahul Dravid's stumping during an ODI against Australia at MCG which resulted in him being fined 50% of his match fee and given three demerit points.

This earned him comparisons with Australian great Shane Warne (Stalin has since denied these claims). His career took a turn for the better when he moved to England to play county cricket for Sussex in 2014.

Where he became known as "The Beast" due to his aggressive batting style and devastating bowling spells which helped Sussex secure promotion back to Division One of the English Cricket Championship after two seasons spent playing second-division cricket.

During that time Stalin also represented England Under-19s on several occasions including their victory over India A at Mohali International Stadium in February 2016 where he scored 98 not out off just 58 balls including 10 fours and 4 sixes.

Becoming only the fourth player ever (after Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli & AB de Villiers) to score a century plus ten fours or more while representing either India A or England U19s/Under 19s respectively.

17. Liyan Khan

Liyan Khan is an Indian-American singer and songwriter. She was born in Mumbai, India on October 12th, 1984 to American parents who were working in the music industry.

Liyan started her career as a backing vocalist for various artists before releasing her first album, "The Story of My Life" in 2010. Her second album "In the Room" was released in 2012 and charted at number one on the iTunes pop charts in 14 countries including the United States and Canada.

In November 2014 she released her third album "Still Unbroken", which peaked at number one on the US Billboard classical charts and has since gone platinum multiple times worldwide. 

In March 2017 she announced that she had signed with Sony Music Entertainment's independent label imprint ATO Records and would be releasing new material under that label starting later that year.

Final Words

. . The Bengaluru Blasters have been a force to be reckoned with in the Premier Badminton League. After making it to the semifinals last year, they are looking to make even more noise this season and bring home their first title.

Their standout players include Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, and Kidambi Srikanth. While all three of these athletes are undoubtedly talented, it is Kidambi Srikanth who has emerged as arguably the best player in badminton history. With five Olympic medals (two golds and three silver) under his belt, he is unquestionably one of India’s greatest sporting heroes.

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