After the India Red batsmen made their mark in the first two innings, it was Karn Sharma’s turn to prove his mettle in the recently-concluded Duleep Trophy tie against India Green, and the leg-spinner did not disappoint. He ran through India Green’s lineup to lead his team to a thumping 170-run win.
Karn had taken four wickets in the first innings, which helped his team take a massive 166 runs lead and backed it up with a stunning six-wicket haul that wrapped up the win for India Red. It was his maiden 10-wicket haul, and the spinner is all but delighted to start the season on such a strong note.
“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 The Hindustan Times.
“I always wanted to start with a bang. This is my second season with the pink ball, and I don’t find any problem executing my game plan with this ball too,” he added.
Karn also had a word of praise for India Green’s Karun Nair whose 120-run knock injected some life into the contest which was thoroughly dominated by the Red.
“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,” said Karn.
Meanwhile, India Red skipper Parthiv Patel, who completed his 10,000 first-class runs during the game, while not admitting that the playing conditions were tough said that the massive lead in the first innings made all the difference.
“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. “It was a tough score to chase, and we were not looking to chase it down.”
He also backed the concept of Day-Night Test which has faced divided opinions since its inception.
“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. “I’m all for it. There was never something that we faced any problem.”
“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,” he added.