He became a household name when he fetched a whopping Rs 3.75 crore at the IPL auction for domestic players, but 26-year-old Karn Sharma feels that his maiden India call-up will only encourage him to do well at the next level and make a name for himself as an all-rounder.
Veteran spinner Murali Kartik on Friday said he was bracing up to the challenge of being the only specialist spinner in Kings XI Punjab for the upcoming IPL and wants to utilise his vast experience in the shortest format by playing the role of a mentor.
There was a feeling of deja vu as Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today took Amit Mishra to the cleaners during a net session here, much like former skipper Sourav Ganguly would do with Murali Kartik a few years ago.
There was no end Murali Kartik`s miseries at the Eden Gardens after yesterday`s fan fury, as the Railways skipper was again booed by Bengal fans who shouted slogans outside the stadium at the end of the fourth day`s play.
Railways captain Murali Kartik took the attack back to the opposition camp with a timely half-century as the visitors need another 154 runs with seven wickets in hand as their Ranji Trophy quarter-final against hosts Bengal hangs in balance at the end of the fourth day.
Bengal skipper Laxmi Ratan Shukla on Friday sought to downplay the acrimonious incidents during the third day of their Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match against Railways, saying what happened on the field were within the spirit of the game.
The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB)`s mismanagement again came to the fore as irate Bengal fans heckled Railways skipper Murali Kartik and speedster Anureet Singh taking chance of lack of security arrangements on the third day of the ill-tempered Ranji quarter-final between Railways and Bengal.
Veteran spinner and Railways captain Murali Kartik was today embroiled in a controversy once again after he was warned by the umpires for some "issues" with the ball in an acrimonious day three of their Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match against Bengal here.
There was no love lost between Bengal and Railways cricketers as veteran India discard Murali Kartik was involved in another verbal altercation with mercurial Bengal speedster Ashoke Dinda on the first day of their Ranji Trophy quarter-final match here Wednesday.
High on confidence after recording back-to-back wins, hosts Bengal would look to derail the Railways team when they clash in Ranji quarterfinals here from tomorrow, weeks after an ugly `Mankaded` incident marred an earlier rubber between the two teams.
Railways on Wednesday became the first team from group B to qualify for the quarter-final of the Ranji Trophy with a 37-run win over minnows Services on a day when team management led by skipper Murali Kartik`s decision to deny Mahesh Rawat a century surprised one and all.
Having conceded a 46-run first innings lead against minnows Services, the Railways batsmen gave a better account of themselves with vice-captain Mahesh Rawat leading the charge with an impressive unbeaten 67 as Railways extended their overall lead to 178 runs.
In one of the most ill-tempered domestic matches of recent times, Bengal and Railway players set a poor example of an on and off-field behaviour with the two umpires hardly being able to control the proceedings during the last two days of their Ranji Trophy encounter.
Veteran India discard and Railways captain Murali Kartik on Sunday found himself at the centre of a controversy when he `Mankaded` Bengal batsman Sandipan Das leading to an ugly altercation with opposition coach Ashok Malhotra during a Ranji Trophy game.