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Harsh Kalan in Pune 17 April 2013 - 10:52pm IST

Lucky to play with Mishy Bhai: Karan Sharma

All-rounder relishes sharing space with Mishra and other SRH greats

In a low-scoring thriller at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, a Sunrisers Hyderabad leg-spinner swung the game in his team’s favour with one magical over. While Amit Mishra – the most successful spinner in IPL history – grabbed all the headlines, a quick glance at the scorecard will reveal another leggie, whose contribution was quite substantial in exerting pressure on the Pune Warriors India batters.

All-rounder, Karan Sharma was playing in just his second IPL game and clocked the most economical figures of the night – 3-0-13-1 – and was the Sunrisers’ best bowler till the 19th over of the PWI innings. The 25-year-old from Uttar Pradesh has thus far made a steady impact since he made his IPL debut against the Kolkata Knight Riders a few days ago. He credits the likes of Mishra, Dale Steyn and bowling Coach Waqar Younis for giving him helpful tips to bowl in the shortest format of the game.

Excerpts from his chat with IPLT20.COM:

Congratulations on this win. What do you reckon was the turning point today?

The turning point was Mishy Bhai’s second last over (when he bagged four wickets, including a hat-trick). He bowled really very well and took those three wickets in three balls. And he bowled well during the middle overs too.

What were your plans after PWI got off to a comfortable start while chasing?

When they started, we just decided that we have to put pressure on them.

As far as applying pressure goes, you bowled very economically. Are you getting any tips from Amit Mishra, who also happens to be a leg-spinner?

Yes, he is giving me various tips. It’s very helpful, because he is the most successful bowler in the IPL. So, I am lucky that I am playing along with him. And even all the seniors in our team have supported us (newcomers) a lot.

So do you have a stock delivery?

The main delivery is the googly. I’m working on my googly right now.

Does having world-class bowlers in the SRH ranks help you out too?

Yes, it certainly helps a lot. Mainly, because they have told me how to bowl in the death and early on in the innings. This has really helped me out.

What are your personal goals for IPL 2013?

I want to continue this kind of performance. But I need to make some runs also in the coming games. I just hope to play good cricket.  

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