Vidarbha spinner Akshay Karnewar has been in the news lately for his scintillating performance in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Karnewar has picked 10 wickets in the five matches he has played in the tournament playing a big part in Vidarbha’s unbeaten streak thus far.
The ambidextrous spinner hit the headlines when he bowled the most economical spell in the history of T20 cricket. Akshay Karnewar conceded 0 runs in his four-over quota in the match against Manipur. With the figures of 4-4-0-2, the 29-year-old became the first cricketer to bowl four maidens in men’s T20 cricket.
Akshay Karnewar bags a hattrick
Having achieved a historic feat the game before, Akshay Karnewar picked a hattrick the very next game against Sikkim to cap off a brilliant group stage. He returned with figures of 4-1-5-4 as he bagged the prized scalps of Codanda Ajit Karthik, Kranthi Kumar and Ashish Thapa to complete his hattrick.
Karnewar’s hattrick spanned two overs as he castled Sikkim opener Karthik and caught skipper Kranthi on the final two deliveries of the eighth before dismissing Ashish on the first ball of the 10th over. His four-wicket haul helped Vidharbha restrict Sikkim to 75 for eight in 20 overs with ease and sealed a comprehensive win by 130 runs.
Vidarbha is on top of their Plate Group with 20 points from five games courtesy of their unbeaten run. Akshay Karnewar was in awe of his world record in the match against Manipur and was in joy over achieving such an incredible feat. “It’s unbelievable. Not conceding even a single run in the entire match is something extraordinary and I am really feeling good,” he told TOI.