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Watch: ‘Absolute ripper’ – Unheard-of KKR mystery spinner Suyash Sharma rips wicked googly, bowls GT No.4 between bat and pad

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Watch: Little-known 19-year-old mystery spinner Suyash Sharma has continued to dumbfound IPL batters, this time tying up Gujarat Titans No.4 Abhinav Manohar.

Sharma, who before his sensational selection for KKR’s home clash against RCB had never played a domestic T20 or first-class game, was picked once more in Ahmedabad – this time in the playing XI.


He played a key role in KKR’s dismantling of RCB, taking 3-30 as an impact sub on his professional debut as his team won by 81 runs.

On a slightly more batter-friendly deck in Ahmedabad, Gujarat Titans’ top order made hay against the KKR quicks – with Shubman Gill firing 39, and Sai Sudharsan hitting 53 from 38 deliveries.

The mystery-spin twins of Sunil Narine and the rookie Suyash Sharma managed to peg back the onslaught in the middle overs, with Sharma taking the pick of the wickets in removing Manohar with a wicked wrong-un.

With Manohar fresh off the back of a hat-trick of boundaries, Sharma enticed the right-handed batter in to a defensive stroke before ripping the ball back through the gate.

Sharma subsequently bounded away in celebration, akin to a young Imran Tahir.

Despite Narine and Sharma’s efforts, Vijay Shankar’s hard-hitting in the final overs – in which he made an unbeaten 63 from 24 balls – meant GT managed to push past 200 and set KKR 205 to win in Ahmedabad.

Watch Suyash Sharma’s mean googly to dismiss GT’s Abhinav Manohar:

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