New Delhi: Railways pacer Karan Thakur created history on Saturday by becoming the first bowler in CK Nayudu Trophy to take all 10 wickets in an innings against Baroda A in Vadodara.
The 23-year-old from Delhi, who plays for the Railways, recorded figures of 28.5-5-77-10 but his team lost the match by 10 wickets.
Anil Kumble had created this world record at the international level against Pakistan at Ferozeshah Kotla Delhi, in the second Test played in February 1999. Kumble had equaled the record of claiming all the 10 Test wickets in an innings of England's Jim Laker.
Thakur has been regularly training at the MRF Pace Academy and also had sessions with Aussie great Glenn McGrath. "I have been fortunate to have interacted with McGrath sir a couple of times at the academy. He gave some invaluable tips on channel bowling and using the subtle variations. My strength is bowling out swingers," a beaming Karan told PTI over phone from Vadodara.
"I am really proud of my achievements but would have been happier had Railways won on a day which was memorable for me. Yesterday, I had taken five wickets but never thought that I would be able to take all 10 wickets in an innings," the elated youngster stated.
Asked when exactly did he think that he could get 10 wickets in an innings, Karan replied, "When I got the eighth wicket, I felt that I might get 10 wickets. It was a great feeling when I got the 10th victim. The umpires presented me with the match ball, a souvenir that I would like to treasure forever."
"I am in the Ranji Trophy probables but I would not like to think too far ahead. Definitely, it is a dream to play Ranji Trophy but my job is to perform in the matches I am playing," Karan added.