The career spurt that led to a Test debut in Adelaide four months ago essentially started at the Indian Premier League for Karn Sharma. Solid displays in the 2013 season prompted Sunrisers Hyderabad to buy him for a whopping Rs. 3.75 crore at the 2014 auction, the highest ever for an uncapped player.
Better performances also ensured an ODI debut sooner than expected.
He doesn’t really bamboozle batsmen but a mean economy rate makes the leg-spinner a great option in limited overs cricket. To earn a Test debut after playing just two ODIs is also a lot about luck in a country where Rohit Sharma had to wait 108 ODIs for a chance to play in whites.
But if a player is as good as his last match, then Karn Sharma will have to look back a long way. With the World T20 just a year away, it’s time he makes his presence felt again.I
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t will also be an opportunity to demonstrate that the rapid ascent from obscurity in Railways and Royal Challengers Bangalore to some recognition and a lot of money at Sunrisers Hyderabad, to finally making it to the India squad was not merely luck.
Sharma, however, doesn’t want to look back.
“If I see like this, I will put pressure on myself. The main aim is to just play and perform. If I do that the chance to play for the country will come again,” he told HT.
He was taken apart by Chennai Super Kings but against a loaded Royal Challengers Bangalore side, he returned 1/20 despite dropping Virat Kohli. “It just goes to show what a performer he can be,” said Sunrisers coach Tom Moody.
He might have risen from T20s but Sharma refuses to pick one format over another. And he also doesn’t forget to mention that his performance on his Test debut, a match haul of 4/238, could have been a lot different.
“To be given the ball on the first day is something else. I didn’t get any time, to be honest. I could have got much more purchase if it had been the second or third day. Test cricket is a bit different. But I won’t choose any format.” Moody said.