Cricket: Karan Shah: Young HK International Starting to Rip the Cricket Ball

By Bill Cox
Bill Cox
Bill Cox
December 12, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
Karan Shah celebrates taking his first wicket
Karan Shah celebrates taking his first wicket in the match between KCC Infidels and USRC/Millennium at the Mission Road Ground on Sunday Dec 9. The 17-year-old finished the match with figures of 2-29 off six overs. (Bill Cox/The Epoch Times)

Karan Shah, an up-and-coming international cricketer who plays cricket for the KCC Infidels, has a promising future. Always attentive and interested in what is happening, he looks like a cricketer. At 17 years of age, the young bowler has already had some very valuable international experience.

“I have recently joined the Hong Kong squad,” Shah told The Epoch Times at the cricket on Sunday Dec 9. His team was batting first against USRC/Millennium and at this point the game was still young.

“I have played two practice games and also played in the last two games for Hong Kong in Dubai,” Shah said, with one eye on the pitch. “Those were the decider matches for fifth and sixth places.

“I took two wickets against Napal in my début match [2 for 50 off nine overs], but none against Aman, finishing with 0-27 off eight overs.”

He explained that he has always played for KCC and started playing cricket when he was 8 years old. He was elected a year ago into the Hong Kong squad and started training with them.

“I didn’t have a chance for the World Cup Qualifiers unfortunately, but I was lucky to get a chance for Dubai.”

He started playing senior matches when he was 14 to 15 years old and this is his third season for the KCC senior team.

“I like to flight the ball a lot and try to keep a fuller length, I would rather be fuller than shorter,” said the left-hand spin bowler.

“That is my theory and that is what my coach Peter Wooden taught me. He was a left-arm spinner too. But I am now getting to ripping the ball and varying my pace. I am moving forward slowly, not suddenly,” the teenager continued.

When asked about the variety in his delivery, he said that he is trying to increase his variety, but his accuracy becomes a little unpredictable; however, that it is not exactly a bad thing. He knows he has work to do to improve his control.

“I have got the arm ball, but it is not very accurate now. It just seems to happen rather than me doing it on purpose. So that is good for me as I can keep my bowling in one place and it might go either one way or the other.

Shah who has a healthy positive manner, spoke about his good season last year.

“Last year, I took 43 wickets in around 20 matches. It was a good season for me. I played in the Premier League side, Sunday and Saturday—played all those.”

Always a team player, Shah has also played for KCC Club against a number of overseas visiting teams, including Singapore CC, Madras CC and Melbourne CC. He is respectful and appreciative of the guidance he is getting, but still makes his own way.

“I was in the under-19 squad prior to that. I have just been working hard and Charlie [Burke, national coach] and Lou Vincent approached me and Peter [Wooden, coach] helped me, so everything fell together.”

Everything didn’t fall together in the match on Sunday though as, Shah’s team, KCC Infidels, lost to USRC/Millennium. Shah, batting at No. 9, scored only four runs before being bowled out; however, with the ball, he had taken an impressive two wickets for five runs at one stage, but this extended to two for 29 in six overs for the match. Significantly, only one other wicket was taken by KCC’s bowlers in the match due to excellent, unbeaten batting by the USRC/Millennium fourth wicket pair.

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