The Indian Premier League has proven to be a valuable resource for the BCCI in terms of identifying the best and most promising players for the Indian side. Several prominent members of the Indian squad have made their international debuts as a result of their performances during the IPL. This year will be no exception. Everyone, whether they are new players from the home circuit or established international stars, is looking forward to the IPL and the opportunity to make a name for themselves in the league.
Several players, including Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, and Ruturaj Gaikwad, have found their way into the Indian side after putting up a strong performance in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this season. One such youngster, Karan Sharma, who was selected by the new entrants, Lucknow Super Giants, is hoping to make a name for himself in the 15th season of the Indian Premier League.
As Karan, the all-rounder at the LSG camp, recently said in a news interview with News18, that he is a huge fan of Virat Kohli, and that there are some parallels between him and Virat Kohli in terms of their batting styles, as well as their attitude and way of thinking when it comes to shot selection.
Karan Sharma feels that his batting style is quite similar to Virat Kohli
According to Karan, Kohli has been his idol since the beginning of his career. ‘He (Kohli) is the greatest and I believe our batting styles are quite similar. We don’t play unconventionally, but instead, play to our strengths. I always look up to him in terms of how he approaches his innings and how he changes gears with the changing situations,’ he added.
With the Uttar Pradesh side in this season’s Ranji Trophy, the 23-year-old had an outstanding performance. His first-class debut came in the absence of Kuldeep Yadav, and he went on to strike a century against Maharashtra in just his third encounter in first-class cricket. He scored 116 runs for his side in the game. Karan hit seven sixes along the way and guided them to a convincing win.
When asked about his upcoming IPL 2022 stint, which would include playing alongside numerous foreign players, he said, ‘Yes, there are many international talents in our squad. But it’s playing alongside our skipper, KL Rahul, that I’m most looking forward to. This man’s journey has been incredible. I like his attitude to the game.’
Meanwhile, Lucknow will play their first game of the season against the Gujarat Titans on Monday, March 28 at the Wankhede Stadium.