Ranji Trophy: Karnataka's More keen to make the most of his chances 

There was a time when Ronit More was far from a certainty in the Karnataka team. However, his fine show in the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 has turned him into a mainstay in the side.

Ronit More has claimed 18 wickets this campaign, making him Karnataka's most successful medium-pacer in the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy.   -  Sudhakara Jain

Ronit More has endured some ups and downs but this, by far, has been his best season of first-class cricket. The 26-year-old has 18 wickets to his name this campaign, making him Karnataka's most successful medium-pacer in the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy.

On Sunday, the Belagavi quick claimed his second five-wicket haul of the season, putting Karnataka in charge against Railways. "I don't think I have changed a lot," he said at the KSCA Navule ground after the second day's play.

"I'm clear in my mind this season, just trying to hit the right lengths. Vinay (Kumar), (Sreenath) Arvind, and (Abhimanyu) Mithun have been a great help; they keep guiding me. After play yesterday, we had a bowlers' meeting and we discussed what lengths to bowl. We went out and did that," he added.

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There was a time, though, when More was far from a certainty in the side. He made his Ranji Trophy debut for Karnataka in 2012, but managed to play only six games in his first three seasons. He moved to Himachal Pradesh at the start of the 2015-16 season, but returned home the following year after a lukewarm stint. More earned only three caps for Karnataka over the next two seasons.

This time, however, things have been different. With S. Arvind retired, and R. Vinay Kumar rested on a couple of occasions, More has turned into a mainstay.

"It has been a long journey," he smiled. "It has made me really strong mentally. I made my debut in 2012 but couldn't get many games. This season I'm getting back to back games and making the most of it. I was part of the squad the last couple of seasons too but the bowling unit was doing so well that it was very difficult to squeeze into the XI. I am making the most of whatever I'm getting this year."

That has been more than enough for Karnataka.

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