Vidarbha's Akshay Karnewar impresses with his ambidextrous skills in Irani Trophy
He picked up a wicket in the first innings for Vidarbha.
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With an eye on yet another trophy reigning Ranji Trophy champions, Vidarbha locked horns against a star-studded Rest of India side in the Irani Trophy on Tuesday. And one of the highlights of the game was Akshay Karnewar. The Vidarbha player grabbed the eyeballs with his scarcely-believable abilities on the field. Karnewar can bowl right-arm off-break like many spinners out there.
But unlike them, he can bowl with his other arm too. Karnewar has the ability to bowl left-arm spin too and he does that with utmost ease. What more, he can bat too! The 26-year old played a pivotal role in Vidarbha’s Ranji Trophy campaign as they became just the sixth team to win back-to-back titles. The Faiz Fazal-led side beat Saurashtra in the final to lay their hands on the coveted trophy once again.
Karnewar had impressed with the bat in the final of Ranji Trophy. He scored an unbeaten 73 to lead a lower-order revival after Vidarbha had crashed to 196 for 7. On Monday, he was back in action again in the Irani Trophy and more than his performance it was his ambidextrous bowling that caught the attention.
He started the proceedings by bowling with his left arm and even dismissed Shreyas Iyer which triggered a collapse. However, as the game progressed, he switched hands in search of more wickets. But he could not get another success, finishing the day with 1 wicket for 50 runs off his 15 overs.
Impressed with Karnewar’s skills, the official Facebook page of the Indian cricket team even posted a clip of his bowling.
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Hanuma Vihari, Mayank Agarwal impress for Rest of India
Talking about the game, India stars Hanuma Vihari and Mayank Agarwal impressed with the bat on day one. Vihari scored 114 while Agarwal fell five short of a ton as Rest of India made 330 all out at stumps. For Vidarbha, Aditya Sarwate and Akshay Wakhare picked up 3 wickets apiece.