KC Cariappa

KC Cariappa
Current Team

K.C Cariappa hogged the headlines when he was bought for jaw dropping 2.4 Crores in the IPL Auction of 2015. And despite the skyrocketing expectations, the youngster has stayed rooted and continues to ply his trade as a “mystery spinner”.

Born on 13th April 1994 in Bangalore, Cariappa played a lot of tennis ball cricket and has retained the same action ever since. Cariappa has asserted that leather ball cricket happened to him only by chance after everyone around him encouraged him to try leather ball cricket owing to his peculiar bowling action.  Cariappa is a typical T20 bowler courtesy his unpredictability with the ball. The 23-year old can turn the ball both ways with the leg-spinner being his stock delivery. That said, the carom-ball remains his lethal weapon in the shortest format of the game.

Cariappa plays for the Socials Cricket Club in the first division after taking up leather ball cricket only at the age of 16. He is yet to play for Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy but has made 10 appearances in the IPL so far. After a one-game season with the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2015, where he dismissed AB de Villiers, Cariappa, affectionately called as ‘Carri’ by his teammates, was auctioned for 80 lacs by the Kings XI Punjab in the subsequent IPL Auction. He has picked up 7 wickets so far and will be crucial in the forthcoming years to any team he represents in the IPL.

In the Karnataka Premier League, Cariappa has been a stellar performer since his debut. His scintillating spells of bowling was vital in Bijapur Bulls’ title-winning run in 2015 and the versatile spinner has 29 wickets to his name in only 22 KPL matches. His bowling economy of 6.12 is fantastic in the shortest version of the game and will be keen to maintain the same during the 2017 edition of the KPL as well.

Cariappa’s favorite cricketer is Sunil Narine with whom he shared the dressing room in 2015 during his short stint with Kolkata Knight Riders. The young lad believes that he and Narine have many things in common like the unconventional bowling action along with a few notable differences like the pace and possession of stock deliveries.