Karan Sharma is one of the talented youngsters of debutant Lucknow Super Giants in the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He came through the ranks of the Ranji Trophy at a very young age and was picked up by LSG for INR 20 lacs.
The Uttar Pradesh captain discusses his performances in the first national tournament.
“It’s good to score runs and contribute to the team. But I don’t think that would change their minds (Lucknow’s team management). Yes, for me personally it was really a boost in self-confidence in this situation. I needed that kind of inning. I’m grateful that it happened and helped our team win the game,” Karan Sharma told News18 CricketNext.
“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always seen myself as a true all-rounder as I always strive to contribute to my team, no matter what,” he said.
The 23-year-old talks about his idol Virat Kohli and how similar their styles are.
“Yes, he (Kohli) was my idol and from the start I always look up to him, he’s the greatest and I think our hitting is quite similar, we don’t play unconventionally, we always stick to our strength so I always look up up to him on how he approaches his innings and how he changes gears with situations,” Karan said.
The batsmen talk about his captaincy role in Uttar Pradesh at such a young age.
“I don’t see it as an achievement but rather as a responsibility that my federation has given me, they have shown confidence in me and I think I have to give the responsibility 110 per cent. I feel more like an aggressive captain. My approach is quite aggressive but calm at the same time,” he said.
Chosen for INR 20 lacs at this year’s LSG IPL auction, the young sensation will make his debut in the competition. He continues to talk about the captain KL Rahul and talks about how excited he is to play alongside the skipper.
“Yes, there are many international stars in our team. But most of all I’m looking forward to playing with our captain KL Rahul. His journey has been amazing, I love his approach to the game,” said Karan.
“Of course it would have been very exciting and cheering in front of our home crowd but it’s not in our hands to control where we play the games but it’s still IPL and it’s going to be very exciting wherever we play,” he said .
The Lucknow Super Giants meet debutants Gujarat Titans on Monday 28 March 2022 at Wankhede Stadium.