Surrey sign Murali Kartik

December 1, 2011

by Harrias

Former Indian spinner Murali Kartik has agreed terms to join Surrey County Cricket Club on a one year contract for the 2012 season.

Kartik joins the London based club from Somerset where he claimed 26 championship wickets last season. The former Indian slow left arm spinner will join other spinners Gareth Batty, Matthew Spriegel, Zafar Ansari and Freddie van den Bergh on the staff.

Kartik, 35, has had spells at Lancashire, Middlesex, and more recently Somerset. He has taken 319 fist class wickets in English domestic cricket and will bring a vast amount of experience to the South London club. With a batting average of 19.99 in first class cricket, Kartik will also provide some lower order strength in this department.

Kartik is expected to be at The Oval for the duration of the summer, as he is no longer in India’s national plans. Surrey will be hoping that Kartik can produce similar form to that of Pragyan Ojha who helped bowl Surrey to promotion from division 2 in 2010.

Spinners have always played a key role in success over the years for Surrey at The Oval, with the likes of Saqlain Mustaq and Ian Salisbury bowling Surrey to league titles in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.

Surrey will have high hopes for a good year in 2012 after a very successful season 2010 where they gained promotion back into division 1 of the county championship and were crowned CB40 winners at Lords in September.

Chris Murtagh 01/12/2011

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