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Tuesday, Sep 17, 2019

Karn Sharma happy with performance after India Red beat India Green

Karn Sharma was pleased with his 10-wicket haul that saw India Red beat India Green in the first game of the Duleep Trophy.

cricket Updated: Sep 11, 2017 09:23 IST
Sharad Deep
Sharad Deep
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Karn Sharma took a 10-wicket haul as India Red beat India Green in the Duleep Trophy.
Karn Sharma took a 10-wicket haul as India Red beat India Green in the Duleep Trophy. (Twitter/@BCCIdomestic)

Striking his maiden 10-wicket haul and that too in the season opener is a big boost for young leggie Karn Sharma, who terms this achievement a big motivator to him ahead of a hectic domestic season where a good performance can do wonders for him.

“Everyone aims for a good beginning of the season, and I have it in the opener itself. This would keep me motivating to keep doing well through the season,” Karn told HT soon after achieving the mark in his 58th first-class match while playing for India Red against India Green in the Duleep Trophy here.

“I always wanted to start with a bang. This is my second season with pink ball and I don’t find any problem executing my game plan with this ball too,” said Karn, who had four wickets against Australia in 2014 in his one-off Test match so far.

Admiring the batting technique of India Green’s Karun Nair, the Railway’s bowler accepted that chasing 474 to win in the second innings was a hurricane task, but Nair did his best to save the match for the India Green.

“If had been there for 15-20 overs further, the result of the match could have been different. For sure his (Nair) wicket was best one for me today,” added Sharma, who had six wickets in the second innings.

‘Pink ball not to blame’

Meanwhile, India Green skipper Parthiv Patel admitted that team’s deficit in the first innings made all the difference. He refused to accept that pink ball and that too under lights made any difference for his team.

“The ball and lights were good. And even the pitch was alright. If on a fourth day in the fourth innings if you can score 300, then it speaks for the wicket. Just that there were a few spots on the pitch for off-spinners which they could exploit,” said Patel, who completed his 10,000 first-class runs in the match.

Patting the back of centurion Karun Nair, experienced Patel claimed that a century just before the four-day games against New Zealand ‘A’ was a big boost for the confidence of Nair.

He, however, admitted that chasing 375 runs on the final day of the four-day match wasn’t easy for any side. “It was a tough score to chase, and we were not looking to chase it down.”

Supporting the use of pink ball in the longer version of the game, Patel said that he was always ready for new things, and use of the pink ball even in Test cricket officially would be a great option to the game.

“I’m always someone who is in for trying and experimenting with new things. But whatever experiment you are doing, cannot end prematurely,” he said, adding, “I’m all for it. There was never something that we faced any problem.”

He also accepted that he never found any problem in grabbing or catching the pink ball while playing under lights. “I didn’t face any problem as a keeper for sure. We try catching whatever comes our way - whether it is pink, white or red. It doesn’t make much of a difference to us.”

Commenting on his long journey in domestic cricket, Patel claimed that it was a great journey so far. “I knew about 10,000-run mark before the start of the game. It has been a joyful ride, it doesn’t come overnight. I made my debut in 2002. It has been a hard work of 15 years after which I have reached the landmark. I hope there is a lot more left in me.”

First Published: Sep 11, 2017 08:29 IST