For Karan,money is but fringe benefit

For any youngster,a contract with an Indian Premier League team is huge,given the money and the glamour. However,for Railways all-rounder Karan Sharma...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:March 14, 2009 12:18 am

For any youngster,a contract with an Indian Premier League team is huge,given the money and the glamour. However,for Railways all-rounder Karan Sharma,who has been signed by Bangalore Royal Challengers,the most satisfying part is the opportunity of playing alongside spin legend Anil Kumble.

“He is a great bowler and bowling alongside him will help me to learn more about leg-spin,” says Karan,who bagged a one-year contract after impressing coach Ray Jennings during the trials.

“Ray (Jennings) was greatly impressed with me and has told me that I will get to bowl alongside Kumble,” he adds.

And what about the chance to bat alongside Kevin Pietersen? “He is another big player in our team. And it is good for me that I am part of a team full of big players from whom I will benefit a great deal,” says Karan.

Despite the contract,he is not in a celebratory mood just yet. “This is a big opportunity for me but I can’t sit back and celebrate. I have to work that much harder now.”

In his only second Ranji season with Railways,Sharma has become a key member of the side. And he already knows about the highs and lows of cricket. Last season when Railways were playing in the Plate Division was very consistent with the bat. But this season had been an ordinary one,though he was contributing by taking regular wickets in the side. “I had a nothing season with the bat. I’ll try to do me best in the next as Abhay bhai (coach) and seniors in the team have backed me in these times,” says the all-rounder who took nine wickets at an average of 17 in Ranji one-dayers.

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