Karn Sharma
Karn Sharma[photo: Twitter]

The 15-member UP squad for the T20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy was announced by the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) on Friday. The team’s young captain for the domestic T20 competition is Karn Sharma.

On January 10, 2021, he played his first Twenty20 match for Uttar Pradesh in the 2020–21 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. On February 20, 2021, he played for Uttar Pradesh in the 2020–2021 Vijay Hazare Trophy, making his List A debut.

Karn Sharma To Captain Uttar Pradesh In The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy
Karn Sharma[photo: Twitter]
The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 competition will mark the return of senior men’s domestic T20 cricket in India in 2022–203. On October 11, the tournament begins, and a number of IPL and India stars will be playing for their respective state teams. The championship will occur on November 5.

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy
Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Image: Wikipedia

Tamil Nadu won the 2021–22 edition after defeating Karnataka in the championship match by a margin of four wickets. It is the most successful squad in the competition’s history.

Karn Sharma will captain the team:

Karn Sharma has been playing for Railways on the domestic circuit since 2007, but it wasn’t until the 2012–13 season that he really started to draw attention.

In three Ranji matches that season, he took 21 wickets at an average of 19.04 and won the BCCI award for Best Under-25 Cricketer. A highlight of his first-class career was an eight-wicket innings haul against the reigning champions Rajasthan.

When India A visited Australia, he repeated his strong IPL performance from 2014, taking 15 wickets at 25.06, before showcasing a glimpse of his batting prowess against South Africa A.

Karn Sharma
Karn Sharma. Image- IANS

Despite having few opportunities there, he led India A to victory in a tight chase with 39 off 16 at No. 9. Soon after, he received an India call-up, was selected for the limited-overs squad for the tour of England, and made his T20 international debut.

After consistently taking wickets against visiting teams for India A later in the year, he received his first Test call-up for the tour to Australia.

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Uttar Pradesh Team: Karan Sharma (C), Rinku Singh, Priyam Garg, Shivam Mavi, Kartik Tyagi, Shivam Sharma, Sameer Choudhary, Aryan Juyal, Sameer Rizvi, Hardeep Singh, Divyansh, Prince Yadav, Yash Dayal, Akshdeep Nath and Shiva Singh.

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