Hyderabad: Karnataka lifted their seventh Ranji Trophy title yesterday beating Maharashtra by seven wickets in the final at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Their captain Vinay Kumar said he always believed his young side had the ability to lift the Ranji title this season.

"Ranji Trophy is bigger than individual achievements. We all worked very hard for this with the support staff and it's an amazing moment. We've been doing well for many years but we couldn't win in 2009-10 and then made the quarter-finals but couldn't go further," said Vinay.

"So we wanted to win it this time and it's a superb team effort. Most of the players are around 25-26 and they all want to play for the country, they all aim big and are doing well. We had the ability to win and the belief and took it forward match-by-match as a positive unit. Lifting the Ranji Trophy is a great honour and I'd like to thank my teammates for that."