Gujarat went high for Abhinav Sadarangani, an uncapped player, for a price of 2.6 crores in the mega auction. While he is not known at a bigger level, Sadarangani has become a good option in the Karnataka domestic team. He made his debut for the state team.
The 27-year old got the chance to represent his state team while Mayank Agarwal and Devdutt Padikkal were unavailable for selection in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021. Playing for Bangalore United Cricket Club in the Karnataka Premier League, he had good performances which earned him a spot in the state team. He scored 70 off 49 balls on his debut, hitting two fours and six sixes.
Speaking about his debut, he said, “It was a dream debut and it started off when I got my cap from Manish Pandey because I was hoping I would get it from him. To be honest, I was very nervous when we went out to the field, but I was calm when it was my turn to bat because I had nothing to lose but everything to gain. I’m just happy that things panned out well for me on the day.”
Sadarangani played a good knock against Saurashtra and looked composed. He had targeted the players and knew what he had to do. He took a step back against the experienced Jaydev Unadkat and went after the spinners. The Karnataka batter had a dream debut. He will now get a chance to play along with the likes of Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan, Shubman Gill and Jason Roy. Being around such players, he would surely expect it to grow his game. The IPL 2022 is set to start in last week of March.