Rohan Kadam: I want to win Syed Mushtaq for Karnataka

Karnataka youngster Rohan Kadam, who struck a 59-ball 89 in the Syed Mushtaq Ali fixture against Odisha on Thursday, registered his highest score of the tournament.

Karnataka batsman Rohan Kadam executes a shot in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 fixture against Odisha at the Barabati stadium in Cuttack on Thursday.   -  BISWARANJAN ROUT

Rohan Kadam, on Thursday, struck a 59-ball 89 as Karnataka beat Odisha by 51 runs to seal its place in the knockouts of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

"I was looking to play my natural game. I am an attacking batsman, so I just stuck to the basics and trusted my instincts," Kadam said after racking up what was his highest score of the tournament.

Asked if the overnight rains had made the wicket conducive to bowling, Kadam noted that "the (Barabati) pitch was a bit two-paced. The ball was coming on to the bat nicely but it was keeping low."

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With five of his teammates back in the dressing room for less than 100 on the board, Kadam had to hold one end up. "Vinay Kumar and Shreyas Gopal told me that I need to bat out the 20 overs for the side to reach a par score,” Kadam revealed.

An exquisite timer of the ball, the 24-year-old will play in Karnataka's domestic T20 league KPL later this year but insists he doesn't have that or an IPL contract on his mind yet.

"I am not thinking about anything else at the moment. I just want to play well and win this tournament for Karnataka. The team is full of great players and it feels special to be a part of this squad," Kadam said with a smile.

Kadam, who has three fifties against his name in this T20 tourney so far, prefers "all three formats" but sees himself excelling in limited-overs cricket.

Karnataka sure will fancy its chances in the knockouts with Kadam propping up the bar with each passing game.

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