With just remote chances of making the IPL Playoffs this season,the King’s XI Punjab may have missed a trick or two by not giving the Punjab swing bowler Sandeep Sharma too many chances this edition. The Patiala lad,who has barely played in two games,impressed with his swing and control in the limited opportunities and as the KXIP side prepares for the final frontier,he may turn out their trump card in seamer-friendly conditions in Dharamsala.
Sandeep,who took 3 for 21 in his first game this season against Sunrisers Hyderabad,spoke to Sportline from Dharamsala ahead of the match against Delhi Daredevils: We need a miracle to make playoffs,and we will give our best in the last two matches. I have played in two IPL matches this season so I am looking forward to these matches anxiously. The wicket at the HPCA stadium is a good one usually and will have pace,carry and bounce also.
He might have missed out on earlier outings this season but Sandeep should make most of the chances and do well against Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians. When asked whether he was disappointed not to have got more games this season,this is what Sandeep said,Having done well in the U-19 WC and then during the Ranji season,I was anticipating more opportunities. But what can one do as the team management takes the final call. Whatever I have got,I have tried to fit in and excel.
Son of an agriculturist in a village near Patiala,Sandeep has dreams beyond the IPL too: I am looking at other things also. After IPL I would like to get back into the domestic mode and target doing well for Punjab. Whatever has happened has gone, shared Sandeep,who made headlines when India U-19 team won the Youth WC in Australia in 2012,and the Punjab bowler emerged as the highest wicket taker for India.
Carrying forward his good form at the domestic level,Sandeep along with Siddharth Kaul bagged over 75 wickets between them to take Punjab to Ranji semis. He may have had to wait long for opportunities this season,its a case of better late than never for him at Dharamsala.