IPL-8: No sign of luck for KKR's Cariappa

If you pay a hefty price to possess something, it is common sense that you would love to use it often rather than just preserve it. 

Kolkata Knight Riders made KC Cariappa was the talk of the town when the defending champions paid R2.4 crore in the Indian Premier League-8 auction earlier this year.

Co-owner Shah Rukh Khan waves the KKR flag at the Brabourne on Saturday. Pic/Atul Kamble

The 21-year-old Karnataka lad is labeled a ‘mystery spinner’ because he primarily bowls leg-breaks and has the ability to bowl off-spin too with a same grip. When Cariappa was picked up in the auction, he had only played in the local Karnataka Premier League.

Instead of playing Cariappa in more games, Gautam Gambhir has just given him one game -- against Royal Challengers Bangalore which was in KKR’s second match of the IPL-8 on April 11. Cariappa impressed on his IPL debut, claiming one wicket for 28. He got big fish AB de Villiers out stumped by Robin Uthappa for 28.

Since then, Cariappa has been kept in KKR’s cold storage. KKR dropped Sunil Narine for Saturday’s clash against Rajasthan Royals, but instead chose 40-year-old medium-pacer Azhar Mahmood.

SRK comfortable at nearby Brabourne
Shah Rukh Khan, co-owner of the Kolkata Knight Riders, made his first appearance at an Indian Premier League match in Mumbai on Saturday after the ugly fracas between the King Khan of Bollywood and the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) post KKR’s win against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium in 2012.

Shah Rukh allegedly abused some MCA officials and also manhandled a security guard for disallowing him setting foot on the Wankhede turf with his kids and their friends after the win. The MCA then banned Shah Rukh from entering the Wankhede Stadium for five years.

However, if not for Wankhede, Shah Rukh made his presence felt at the Brabourne Stadium on Saturday, cheering his KKR boys in the crunch match.

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