Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) scripted a comfortable 81-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Thursday night. Apart from Shardul Thakur (68) and Varun Chakarvarthy (4/15), debutant mystery spinner Suyash Sharma also hogged the limelight with his brilliant bowling.

Suyash scalped three wickets and broke the backbone of RCB’s batting line-up. He was not named in the playing XI against RCB and was called in as the impact player after replacing Venkatesh Iyer.

Well, from Sunil Narine to Varun Chakravarthy, KKR and mystery spinners have always been a better love story. Delhi lad Suyash has joined in that order recently. He was acquired by KKR for Rs 20 Lakh during the mini-auction in December last year. Suyash plays for Delhi U-25 team. Interestingly, he has not played any List A, FC, or T20 matches before the IPL match.

Hailing the debutant’s performance, KKR skipper Nitish Rana said, “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 in a brilliant manner.”

KKR coach Chandrakant Pandit also praised Suyash for his brilliant show.

“We saw Suyash in trial matches and were extremely happy with the way he bowled. He is quick through the air and difficult to pick. He is inexperienced but shows a very good attitude,” said Pandit.