Karn Sharma Biography
Karn Sharma is an Indian cricketer, born on 23rd October 1987 in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. He is primarily a right-arm leg-break googly bowler and is also very handy with the bat.
Karn made his first-class debut during the 2007-08 Ranji Trophy season when he appeared for Railways against Jammu & Kashmir at the Karnail Singh Stadium. He played as a specialist batsman on his debut and scored 120 for his team.
After a few unimpressive performances for many years, Karn Sharma turned everyone’s heads in the 2012-13 Ranji Trophy season when he picked up 21 wickets at an average of 19.04 in three Ranji Trophy games.
His performance included eight wicket haul against the defending champions, Rajasthan. As a result, he received the BCCI Award for the best Under-25 cricketer.
Karn Sharma made his debut for the national team in a T20 international against England on 7th September 2014, which remains his only T20I appearance. He had figures of 1/28 in his 4 overs, taking the wicket of Joe Root.
He made his ODI debut shortly afterwards against Sri Lanka on 13th November 2014 and had figures of 0/64 in his nine overs.
He appeared in the next ODI at Ranchi as well where he failed to pick a wicket again. He has not played for India in an ODI since.
Towards the end of 2014, Karn made his test debut for the country against Australia in Adelaide. He had figures of 2/143 and 2/95. It remains his only appearance in the whites.
Rise to Glory
Karn Sharma first rose to prominence during the 2013 Indian Premier League when he represented the new franchise, Sunrisers Hyderabad. He formed a potent spin bowling partnership with Amit Mishra and took 11 wickets in 13 games at an economy of 6.6.
The following season, he picked up 15 wickets for Hyderabad in 14 games with a best of 4/38 against the Kolkata Knight Riders. He also appeared handy with the bat having a strike rate of 144, while batting down the order.
After having an unimpressive IPL in 2015 and 2016, Karn traded sides for the Mumbai Indians and roared back to pick 13 wickets from 9 matches in 2017 with a career best of 4/16 against familiar foes Kolkata Knight Riders.
The 2016 Indian Premier League was a disappointing tournament for the leg spinner. He struggled to find a place in the Sunrisers Hyderabad eleven and did not even pick a single wicket in the entire tournament. Thus, he contributed very little to the team when they won their inaugural Indian Premier League.