KC Cariappa is a 20 year old “mystery” spinner from Karnataka. Cariappa was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for Rs. 2.40 crore during the IPL 2015 auction. Cariappa is a very highly-rated mystery spinner in the Karnataka cricket circuit.
Here are 10 things that you need to know about India’s new mystery spinner:
1) The KC in his name stands for Konganda Charamanna
2) KC Cariappa was spotted by KKR’s video analyst. Cariappa played six matches in the Karnataka Premier League 2014-15 and picked up 11 wickets. The most impressive part was his economy of 6.00.
3) KC Cariappa was with KKR squad during the CLT20 2014. Cariappa was bowling in the KKR nets. Even Jacques Kallis was very impressed with Cariappa and he held him in high regard.
4) Cariappa’s good performance in the Karnataka Premier League earned him a call-up to the preliminary squad of the Karnataka Ranji Trophy. Cariappa has also represented Karnataka Under-19s in limited over competitions.
5) Like many other youngsters in India, Cariappa also began by playing tennis ball cricket and leather ball cricket happened by chance.
6) Basically Cariappa is a leg-spinner. But he has many variations up his sleeves. And because of his variations, he has been compared to the likes of Sunil Narine and Ajantha Mendis.
7) KC Cariappa represents Socials Cricket Club in Bengaluru’s premier club cricket competition.
8) Cariappa is known to be a limited-overs specialist. Although, many believe Cariappa is only a limited-overs specialist because of mystery spin, Cariappa’s personal coach reckons that while the limited overs formats are his strength, his performances in long-format cricket have also been improving.
9) Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders went very aggressively after KC Cariappa in the IPL8 auction room on Monday (February 16th). After a very aggressive round of bidding, KC Cariappa was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for Rs. 2.40 crore.
10) KKR and other franchises were monitoring Cariappa’s performances at the local level. But KKR made the initial move during the Karnataka Premier League by identifying Cariappa’s talent through a local scout.
By Aniket Arora