Where Is Kamran Khan, The 2009 IPL Star Who Could Consistently Bowl Rockets At 140 KMPH?
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Where Is Kamran Khan, The 2009 IPL Star Who Could Consistently Bowl Rockets At 140 KMPH?

Kamran Khan
Kamran Khan with Shane Warne. (Credits: AFP)

There is no shortage of cricketers in IPL, who have managed to disappear from the surface of it after shining in few games. Left-arm seamer Kamran Khan is one of those who vanished after making batsmen look clueless in the 2009 edition of Indian Premier League. Kamran Khan plied his trade for the Rajasthan Royals under Shane Warne and delivered some brilliant spells.

Rajasthan Royals coaching director Darren Berry discovered Kamran Khan when he travelled to Mumbai in search of some new talents. After seeing him bowl in a T20 tournament, Berry decided to rope him in for the Royals. Back then, Kamran’s father used to cut wood in the forest and the bowler had no first-class experience and was a tennis player.

Shane Warne IPL 2018
Shane Warne. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

In 2009 edition of IPL, the 29-year old, who was then a teenager, knocked Justin Ontong’s off-stump with a searing yorker during a warm-up match of the Royals. Having grabbed eight wickets in nine games, Kamran showed immense potential to play for India in the future. The Uttar Pradesh-born bowler recorded his best figures in IPL against Kolkata Knight Riders when he dismissed Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Sourav Ganguly, and Sanjay Bangar.

Kamran Khan managed to play two first-class games and 11 T20s:

Where Is Kamran Khan, The 2009 IPL Star Who Could Consistently Bowl Rockets At 140 KMPH?
Kamran Khan. (Credits: Twitter)

In IPL 2010, Khan claimed the wickets of Brendon McCullum and Chris Gayle of Kolkata Knight Riders, conceding only 13 runs. However, in the subsequent edition, he featured only in two fixtures. Kamran Khan vanished after playing only 11 first-class games for Uttar Pradesh and could not get any further opportunity. At present, the left-arm seamer does farming to raise his family and plays some local tournaments. He left cricket at the age of only 23.

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