The Telegraph
Friday , February 14 , 2014
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Karn: Have to repay the faith...

New Delhi: After an impressive debut season with Sunrisers Hyderabad, Karn Sharma always had the confidence that he wouldn’t be left disappointed in his maiden auction. But little did the 26-year-old know that he would fetch the highest bid among the uncapped players on the second and final day of the auction.

“Well, I wanted someone to bid for me. The moment the bidding started, I wasn’t really bothered about my price. I knew that Sunrisers would show interest in me. But I had absolutely no idea that I will get the highest bid (of Rs 3.75 crore),” Karn said.

“I am delighted, but at the same time, my responsibility has increased. I have to repay back the faith that Sunrisers have shown in me.”

The Railways leg-spinner feels that Kings XI Punjab showed interest in him since Piyush Chawla was already taken by the Kolkata Knight Riders. “I believe there was a bidding war because Kings XI Punjab also needed a leg-spinner and Sanju bhai (Sanjay Bangar) was at the bidding table.

“I have played for Railways under Sanju bhai’s captaincy and he is aware of my abilities. In any case, more than the price, you want to play matches. Sunrisers had given that opportunity earlier also and I am honoured to return to their fold,” Karn added.

From being an employee of the Indian Railways to bagging a multi-crore deal, Karn has come a long way. “I am proud to play for Railways and never had any complaints with facilities provided to us,” he said. In fact, it was Karn’s siblings who remained glued to the television set during the auction. (PTI)