Akshay Karnewar, who was part of the Board President’s XI which played against Australia in a warm up match in Chennai today showed a unique skill. Karnewar bowled with both left and right hands in one over against Australia on Tuesday. The BPXI bowler plays for Vidarbha and is an ambidextrous spinner. He is known for outfoxing opponent batsmen in domestic circuit with this rare talent. The video which was shared by an Instagram user shows, Karnewar bowling slow left-arm to right handers. As soon as a left-hand batsman steps in Karnewar switches to right-arm off-spin.
As per Sportkeeda report, the talented bowler started as an off-spinner but was forced to change his bowling arm after his coach felt that the left-arm spinners had become quite a rarity in Nagpur. Meanwhile, against Australia in the warm-up tie, Karnewar proved to be expensive as he gave up 59 runs an took just one wicket in six overs. However, the spinner picked an important wicket of Travis Head who was well set on 65.
Australia eventually posted 347/6 against Board President’s XI in 50 overs. To which India could only reply with 244 in 48 overs. Ashton Agar picked up four wickets as Australia completed a clinical victory in this tour game against BPXI.
Meanwhile, India will play Australia in the five-match ODI series starting from September 17, Sunday. Virat Kolhi and men are currently riding high on confidence with a 9-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka in their home. On the other hand, the Australians had seemed extremely vulnerable against spin bowling during the Bangladesh tour, especially during their defeat in the second Test in Chittagong. That was their first ever Test defeat to Bangladesh. The visitors from Down Under will be keen to put that behind them and redeem themselves with some good performances against India.