While KKR have always reaped massive dividends with their two tweakers — Narine and Chakravarthy — in the last couple of years, the team management surprised one and all by acquiring the services of Suyash Sharma, a teenage prodigy from Delhi who is yet to play senior-level cricket. At the tender age of 19, when most people contemplate career choices, Suyash was bamboozling the opposition batters with his mystery spin.
Like most people in the country, Suyash began his cricketing journey by playing endless hours of gully cricket before joining a club in Delhi. The 19-year-old is known for his leg spin bowling and some big hits down the order.
The Unknown Commodity
While he is still young in his domestic career and has not played any first-class cricket, the Knight Riders' scouting team were impressed by his mystery spin and set aside a significant amount of money for him during the mini-auction.
"He is a leg-spinner, and he is a U-25 player, and we were pleasantly surprised that we got him at the base price. We had kept all the money for him, and we got him at the base price. The likes of Chandu Sir, Abhishek Nayar, and Bharat Arun, everyone who has seen him said that he is a serious talent," Venky Mysore said after the auction.
Two Key Wickets on Debut
On his IPL debut, he displayed his bag of tricks to the world. He first got out the Impact Player, Anuj Rawat, with a big googly, and then got the big fish, Dinesh Karthik, out with the conventional leg-break. He ended his spell with figures of 3/30 off his four overs.
His exceptional showing on debut invited praise from KKR skipper Nitish Rana, who lauded the 19-year-old's confidence.
"Suyash is a confident young man and he has belief in himself. He made his chance count and it was great to see him bowl that way," Rana said.