Home > News >

IP 7 auction: Karn Sharma surprised by Rs 3.75 crore price tag

Karn Sharma was picked as an Off-Spinner for Sunrisers Hyderabad © PTI
Karn Sharma was picked as an Off-Spinner for Sunrisers Hyderabad © PTI

By Kushan Sarkar

New Delhi: Feb 13, 2014

Karn Sharma always had the confidence after his impressive debut season with Sunrisers Hyderabad that he won’t be disappointed in his maiden auction but little did the 26-year-old know that he will fetch the highest bid among the uncapped players on the second and final day of Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions.

“Well, I wanted someone to bid for me. The moment it happened, I wasn’t really bothered about my price. I knew that Hyderabad will show interest in me but Rs 3.75 crore. I had absolutely no idea that I will get the highest bid,” Karn said in a telephonic chat from his Meerut residence.

“I am delighted but at the same time my responsibility has increased. I have to repay back the faith that Sunrisers have shown in me,” he said.

The Railways leg-spinner feels that Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) showed interest in him as Piyush Chawla was taken by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

“I believe there was a bidding war because Punjab also needed a leg-spinner and Sanju bhai [Sanjay Bangar] was at the bidding table. I have played in Railways under Sanju Bhai’s captaincy and he is aware about my abilities. In any case, more than the price, you want to play matches. Hyderabad had given that opportunity earlier also and I am honoured to return to their fold,” said Karn.

From being a ‘Fitter’ (Grade 3 employee) of the Indian Railways to bagging a multi-crore deal, Karn has come a long way.

“I am proud to play for Railways and never had any complaints with facilities provided to us,” said Karn.

In fact, Karn said that more than him, his siblings were glued to the television set.

“Actually more than me, my brother and sister were watching with a lot of intensity. My mother is a teacher and she was in school and father was in his shop (he is a businessman),” Karn said.

Having opened for Railways across all formats, Karn reckons that he can be called an all-rounder.

“I take my batting very seriously. I have scored a century and six 50′s in Ranji Trophy. I prefer being known as an all-rounder. I am ready to bat up the order if the team management wants me to do so,” says Karn.

Recently, Karn was selected in the probables list for the ICC World T20 2014 although he didn’t make it in the final 15.

“The selection in the probables list for World T20 was a huge boost for me. This meant that selectors are watching my performance. At the end of the day, a player would be known for his performance rather than price,” Karn concluded.

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 4, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Leeds

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (19:30 IST)   at Kingstown, St Vincent

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 6, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 7, 2014 (19:30 IST)   at Birmingham

More

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 2, 2014  at Harare

Australia won by 62 runs

India tour of England 2014

Sep 2, 2014  at Birmingham

India won by 9 wkts

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 31, 2014  at Harare

Zimbabwe won by 3 wkts

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Dambulla

SL won by 7 wkts (D/L method)

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Nottingham

India won by 6 wkts

Photos

India vs England, 4th ODI at Edgbaston

Videos

Misbah disppointed with Pakistan's performance

Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan complete comprehensive series win for India with 9-wicket win in 4th ODI

Mitchell Marsh records highest strike rate in an ODI innings for Australia against South Africa

N Srinivasan faces a two-month wait as Mudgal commission prepares final report

Norman Gordon passes away at 103

Ishant Sharma: 10 facts you need to know about the towering Indian paceman

Australia Australia and South Africa in Zimbabwe 2014 Australia vs Zimbabwe England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan South Africa Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014 Zimbabwe vs Australia Zimbabwe vs Australia 2014

Amitabh Bachchan lashes out at Indian cricket fans

Alastair Cook vows to stay on as England captain despite ODI series loss against India

Ajinkya Rahane becomes first Indian opener to score an ODI hundred against England in England

VVS Laxman congratulates India on winning ODI series against England

Michael Clarke hamstring injury: Scan reveals some damage

14 greatest upsets in ODIs — Part 1

Faf du Plessis shows his grit with twin tons against Australia in Zimbabwe Triangular Series

India’s ODI series triumphs outside Asia — a statistical review

Cricket in Columbia: Rest of the World XI beat India XI

Sachin Tendulkar’s Playing It My Way: What cricket lovers would expect from his autobiography

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

628 Posts | 7 Fans

Thilan Samaraweera finds an unusual way to get stumped

Hrithik Roshan not doing Hollywood film Step Up 6?

Amitabh Bachchan lashes out at Indian cricket fans

NGOs pursue education for all

Opera Mini returns to Windows Phone, starts taking signups for beta testing

14 greatest upsets in ODIs — Part 1

What is endometriosis?

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Apple confirms accounts of Hollywood celebrities were compromised to access nude photos, refutes iCloud breach

Latest Ebola News: Death toll in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reaches 31

Obhrai Announces Canadian Support For Bangladesh

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here