The Blaze Corporate League was inaugurated by India-A and Karnataka Ranji player Samarth Ravikumar. He played for Karnataka at various age-group levels such as Under-12, Under-14, Under-16 and Under-19, before making his first-class debut in December 2013. In 2011, he scored over 1200 runs in the national Under-19 tournaments – Vinoo Mankad Trophy and Cooch Behar Trophy.In 2013, he scored six hundreds from eight innings for KSCA President’s XI in the Safi Darashah Trophy, including five hundreds in succession.
He was Karnataka’s leading run scorer in the 2016 Ranji season scoring in excess of 700 runs. Samarth’s consistent domestic exploits earned him a call up to the India-A side and was also adjudged the man of the match in the second and final game against South Africa-A.