10/10 for Karan Thakur, but Railways still lose

Vadodara Jn (BRC):  Railways pacer Karan Thakur on Saturday created history by becoming the first bowler in CK Nayudu Trophy (BCCI U-25 Meet) to take all 10 wickets in an innings against Baroda in Vadodara.

The 23-year-old recorded figures of 28.5-5-77-10 but his team lost the match by 10 wickets as the batsmen failed to score enough runs. Thakur has been regularly training at the MRF Pace Academy and also had sessions with Aussie great Glenn McGrath.

“I have been fortunate to have interacted with McGrath sir a couple of times at the academy. He gave some invaluable tips on channel bowling and using the subtle variations. My strength is bowling out swingers,” Karan said.

“I am really proud ofx my achievements but would have been happier had Railways won on a day which was memorable for me. Yesterday, I had taken five wickets but never thought that I would be able to take all 10 wickets in an innings,” the elated youngster stated.

Asked when exactly did he think that he could get 10 wickets in an innings, Karan replied, “When I got the eighth wicket, I felt that I might get 10 wickets. It was a great feeling when I got the 10th victim. The umpires presented me with the match ball, a souvenir that I would like to treasure forever.”

Senior Railways coach Abhay Sharma was effusive in his praise for the pacer. “Obviously, it’s a great achievement. He was in the probables for the Ranji Trophy. It doesn’t happen everyday at this level (a notch below Ranji Trophy) where a bowler gets all 10 wickets. It’s easy to get 7 or 8 but for 10 wickets, you need discipline as well as a bit of luck,” Sharma said.

Brief scores: Railways U-25 129 & 148 (N Parab 30, A Karambelkar 4/43) lost to Baroda U-25 248 & 30/0 in 4.5 overs (D Mistry 22) by 10 wickets.