Home > Features >

IPL 2014 Auction: Analysing Karn Sharma’s worth as leg-spinner

Karn Sharma's leg-spin comes in handy in the Hyderabad surface that assists spinners © IANS
Karn Sharma’s leg-spin comes in handy in the Hyderabad surface that assists spinners © IANS

Karn Sharma being bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2014 auction for a whopping Rs 3.75 crores raised a few eyebrows. Bharath Ramaraj analyses whether Hyderabad made the right move by picking him up in the auction.

Spin twins, Karn Sharma and Amit Mishra had a whale of a time in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 by teasing and enticing batsmen to their downfall. One of the spin twins, Sharma ended that tournament with 11 wickets in his kitty at an  impressive average of 20.9. His economy rate of 6.6 passed the litmus test of bowling to batsmen who are ever ready to sledge hammer bowlers to all corners of the park with their flashing blade.

In this year’s IPL auction, those twinkling performances helped him take home Rs 3.75 crores. In fact, there was a bidding war going on between IPL franchises, before Sunrisers Hyderabad (SH) were able to buy him back.

Now, if we analyse Sharma’s bowling, he can impart turn on the ball to bamboozle batsmen and send them on a march past back to the pavilion. He skids it through with his top spinners and has a fine googly in his armour. He also gets a fair amount of bounce. As Hyderabad play a lot of their games at Rajiv Gandhi International stadium, where tracks are suited to spinners of his ilk, he becomes doubly dangerous.

One of Sharma’s best spells in last year’s IPL came against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at home. Punjab’s batsmen were virtually dancing to his tunes and he went onto take two crucial scalps. In a crystal clear manner he yet again showcased his value especially, while playing at home. Last year, he was in many ways, a symbol of stability during the middle overs.

There is always a quaint charm of watching a leg-spinner ply his trade in front of packed stadiums. Actually, even if we stop romanticising a leg spinner with a bagful of tricks bewildering batsmen, it is a simple truth that leg spinners are wicket-takers and in any format of the game, taking wickets is the best way to stem the flow of runs.

There is an inkling that Sharma wasn’t worth Rs 3.75 crore. However, we have to remember that Hyderabad play their home games on tracks, where slow bowlers thrive. So, if we scratch the surface, underneath, one can see the rationale behind Hyderabad plumping for him.

The Railways leg-spinner, largely an unknown quantity before last year’s IPL has suddenly been thrust into the limelight. One can only hope that Karn Sharma continues to work on his trade and complete his apprenticeship to become a quality leg-spinner in the near future.

(Bharath Ramaraj, an MBA in marketing, eats, drinks and sleeps cricket. He has played at school and college-level, and now channelises his passion for the game by writing about it)

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:30 IST)   at Dhaka

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Hamilton

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 72 runs

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test at Dubai

Videos

Amla feels Proteas more acclimatised to conditions

Live Cricket Score Duleep Trophy Central Zone vs North Zone, semi-final at Mohali Day 4: Naman Ojha out for 40

Live Cricket Score Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 4: Openers extend lead on fourth morning

Live Cricket Score Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe, 1st Test Day 1 at Mirpur: Zimbabwe lose Sibanda in first over

World Cup 1992, England vs Pakistan: Three hours of rain changes course of tournament

David Warner’s transformation into a dependable and effervescent batsman

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Duleep Trophy India New Zealand New Zealand vs South Africa New Zealand vs South Africa 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of New Zealand 2014 South Africa vs New Zealand South Africa vs New Zealand 2014

Haroon Lorgat expects WICB to sort out issue before South Africa tour

Yasir Shah delighted by Shane Warne’s tweet

Zimbabwe reach 77/2 at lunch against Bangladesh on Day 1 of 1st Test

VVS Laxman: Would love to watch ISL match during my stay in Kolkata

Wasim Bari likely candidate for Pakistan chief selector, team manager

Strangers, Brothers and Cricket— the English novelist CP Snow’s lasting passion for the game

World Cup 1992, England vs Pakistan: Three hours of rain changes course of tournament

David Warner’s transformation into a dependable and effervescent batsman

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Spin hunt continues for visitors

Sarfaraz Ahmed may have trumped the Akmals as Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman across formats

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

642 Posts | 9 Fans

Virat Kohli's Family Meets Anushka Sharma

Top Sex Positions: Frog Princess

Google partners Oxford University to teach machines to think

AbRam Khan steals the thunder from dad Shah Rukh Khan in Happy New Year – view pic!

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014, 1st Test Live Streaming: Watch Live Stream & Telecast of BAN vs ZIM Day 1 at Dhaka

Nokia turnaround since handset unit sale continues, reports $950 million Q3 net profit

NASA captures largest sunspot in two decades

Exclusive: Salman Khan’s Diwali gifts for his friends!

How to make tamarind or imli packs for hair and skin

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here