The 27-year-old right-handed batsman from Uttarakhand Karn Veer Kaushal has been in the news recently. His double hundred in the ongoing Vijay Hazare trophy has been the prime reason. The 2018-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy is the 17th season of the well-known List A tournament. Bihar was reinstated first and is the only team that qualified for the knockout stage of the tournament.
Previously 28 teams were supposed to participate in this contest but the BCCI incorporated new group of nine teams. The Plate Group consisted of –
Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Puducherry, Sikkim, and Uttarakhand.
7 things you need to know about Uttarakhand’s Karn Veer Kaushal
The 27-year-old Karn Veer Kaushal was born in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Apart from being a right-handed batsman, he bowls right-arm off-break.
Kaushal was unsuccessful in his efforts to secure a place in the Uttar Pradesh team for a long time. He finally got to make his debut at the senior-level cricket(List A) in India with Uttarakhand being incorporated into the Plate Group of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018-19.
He played his debut List A match against Bihar on September 20. The match saw seven other List A debuts. Bihar had secured a five-wicket win over Uttarakhand. That win went on to be the key for Bihar’s entrance into the knockouts. Uttarakhand won eight out of nine group matches and didn’t qualify.
He scored his maiden List A hundred in his second match, against Puducherry, scoring 101. He has bowled in two innings out of eight till now. His only List A wicket was bagged against Manipur on September 26.
He went on to score three centuries in the group stage. The only other batsman to do so in this Vijay Hazare Trophy season is Manipur’s Yashpal Singh.
Karn Veer Kaushal is the 3rd highest scorer in the tournament so far with 489 runs at 69.85 batting average. The two batsmen with more runs are Tamil Nadu’s Abhinav Mukund (560) and Meghalaya’s Puneet Bisht (502). Sadly the teams of the top three scorers of the tournament haven’t qualified for the knockout stage.
Last but not least, Kaushal’s biggest claim to fame is his double hundred that he scored against Sikkim on October 6. Opening the batting for Uttarakhand in the first innings of the match, he scored a massive 202 off 135 deliveries. By doing so he became the first batsman to score a double-hundred in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Little did he know that with his double-century he broke Ajinkya Rahane’s record of 187 which he had secured in the 2007-08 season.