Akshay Karnewar

Akshay Karnewar
ind India
All Rounder, Bowler
Nick name
Akshay Karnewar
Batting style
Left Hand Bat
Bowling style
Slow left-arm orthodox
Current Team
Indian Premier League 2016
October 12, 1992

This bowling all-rounder from Maharashtra made heads turn when he bowled off-spin and left-arm spin in one over of a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match for Vidarbha against Himachal Pradesh. Besides being an ambidextrous bowler, Karnewar is also a handy batsman down the order. Originally a right-arm off-spinner when he started playing cricket aged 13, Karnewar was encouraged to try his hand at left-arm spin by his coach. After a lot of practice and perseverance, the youngster is now adept at both styles of bowling. He usually bowls right arm to left-handers and vice a versa to create the perfect angle. However, he also uses his unique talent to spring a surprise upon an unsuspecting batsman by changing his arm mid-over. This extraordinary skill-set played a big role in earning Karnewar his maiden IPL contract, when he was bought by RCB in the IPL Player Auction 2016.

Akshay Karnewar was 13 when Balu Navghare, his coach at the time, noticed that the right-arm offspinner batted and threw left. Navghare encouraged him to take up left-arm spin seriously, and Karnewar ended up becoming an ambidextrous bowler. Standing at nearly six feet, Karnewar bowls with a flattish action and does not spin the ball much. In 2008, Karnewar, who hails from Pandharkawda village in Maharashtra’s Yavatmal district, attended the Vidarbha Cricket Academy trials and found a backer in former Mumbai wicketkeeper Sulakshan Kulkarni, who encouraged him to bowl in BCCI-organised tournaments.

Karnewar went on to play the DY Patil T20 league in Mumbai and trialed for Rajasthan Royals, but he was not selected. His big break came in December 2015 when Vidarbha handed him a List-A debut against Odisha in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. In that match, Karnewar, who is also a handy batsman, scored 72 and picked up two wickets in a losing cause. With 16 victims from seven matches, he finished as Vidarbha’s leading wicket-taker in the tournament, and went on to take seven wickets from nine games in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament. Karnewar was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 10 lakh in the 2016 IPL auction.

Indian Premier League 2016


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