Akshay Karnewar is a domestic-level cricketer who represents Vidarbha in first-class and List-A matches. He gained prominence with his performance on 8 November 2021 in the 2021-22 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy when he bowled his quota of four overs without conceding any run and took two wickets, hence becoming the first T20 bowler ever to accomplish this feat. The Perfect T20 Spell from Akshay Karnewar, India's First Ambidextrous Bowler 4 overs, All Maiden against Manipur 4-4-0-2 for Vidarbha in #MushtaqAliT20 pic.twitter.com/xjJqSMUCR7 HashTag Cricket (@TheYorkerBall) November 8, 2021.Speaking to the media after entering the record books, Akshay remarked, Its unbelievable. Not conceding even a single run in the entire match is something extraordinary and I am really feeling good. Former Vidarbha coach Sulakshan Kulkarni hailed Akshays effort by saying, He is a big performance player. He showed his mettle with the bat in Vidarbhas second Ranji final. Then, scored 100 in Irani Trophy and now recorded another big performance..He started playing cricket at the age of six. When Akshay Karnewar was 13 years old, his coach noticed that Akshay (right-arm off-break bowler) was batting and throwing with his left hand. Thats when he advised him to go for a left-arm off-spin instead of a right-arm, but Karnewar ended up becoming an ambidextrous bowler. In an interview with a news channel, he told, When I was 13, my coach Balu Navghare asked me if I can bowl with my left arm. Since then I have been using both my arms. He further adds, My intent is always to pick up wickets. I first watch how the batsmen is playing and then decide if I have to really use both my arms to take his wicket. Sometimes, I dont need to. He also said, I bowl normally off-spin. My coach told me to bowl with my left hand. Due to the lack of a left-arm spinner in the team, I bowled a lot and was successful. But now I can bowl with both hands. Not only this, I can do many things with both hands..
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