Navdeep Saini

India
Age
November 23, 1992 (29 years)
Role
Bowler
Birth Place
Karnal, Haryana
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
India
Bowling Style
Right-arm fast

Biography

Over the last few years, there has been a surge in the number of fast bowlers in India and Navdeep Saini has been one of them. He has been performing on the domestic scene over the last seven years or so.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
-
-
-
Bowling
-
-
-

Team played

India, India A, India B, India Green, Rest of India, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals, Delhi, India C, Indians

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
8
5
3
107
45
53.5
137
78.1
0
0
9
3
T20I
7
3
3
12
11*
-
11
109.09
0
0
2
0
Test
2
3
1
8
5
4
27
29.63
0
0
1
0
IPL
15
3
1
20
12*
10
23
86.96
0
0
2
0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
8
8
419
480
6
2/58
6.87
80
69.83
0
0
0
T20I
7
6
131
157
8
3/28
7.19
19.62
16.38
0
0
0
Test
2
4
251
172
4
2/54
4.11
43
62.75
0
0
0
IPL
15
15
294
434
6
2/25
8.86
72.33
49
0
0
0

Saini didn’t really play Under-19 cricket and it was only back in the 2013 – 2014 Ranji season that Saini made his first-class debut for Delhi against Vidarbha. He took 2/18 in the first innings and returned wicketless in the second. At the start of his career, he was more of a line, length and swing bowler. However, as he grew into his career, Saini started generating pace and started gaining some limelight.

In the 2017 – 2018 Ranji season, the quick bowler ended up as the leading wicket-taker. He took 34 wickets at an average of 22.73 in the season as Delhi reached the final. Moreover, in that Ranji final in early 2018, as Vidarbha plundered 547 runs, it was Saini who stood out for Delhi. He took a five-wicket haul and was very impressive.

It was only after this excellent 2017 – 2018 season that Saini managed to catch selectors’ attention. First, he was picked by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL auctions for the 2018 season as the three-time finalists shelled out a stunning INR 3 crore. While he didn’t play in that IPL, Saini had more good news soon after the mega Indian T20 league as he was called up as a replacement for Mohammad Shami in the Indian Test team to face Afghanistan in a one-off Test at home.

While Saini played just two games in the 2018 – 2019 Ranji season, he was pretty good in the shorter formats. He took six wickets at an economy of 7.04 in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy while he returned with 16 wickets at an average of 19.18 and had an economy of 4.57 in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

That led to him gaining a spot in the RCB XI in the 2019 season and he eventually went on to make his international debut after the 2019 World Cup. Since then, he has been in and out of the Indian team in ODIs and T20Is and has played a handful of games. He has even been around the Test side as well.

IPL Career

Saini was first picked up by Delhi in the 2017 season at his base price but didn’t play a single game. In 2018, RCB dished out a staggering INR 3 crore for this young player who could hit the batsmen hard with raw pace. However, Saini didn’t play in the 2018 season either and warmed the benches. Saini finally broke into the RCB side and made his IPL debut in the 2019 season. He bowled with raw pace and great intensity. He picked up 11 wickets and had an economy of 8.27. However, Saini was good at the death and caught the eye of the national selectors as well.

T20I Career

After performing well in the 2019 season of the IPL, Saini was picked in the Indian white-ball squads to tour the West Indies. He made his debut in the first T20I of that tour and started off with a bang. He took 3/17 from his four overs on debut. His spell included three quality wickets – that of Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard and Shimron Hetmyer. In fact, Saini returned with a wicket-maiden (wicket of Kieron Pollard) in the final over of the innings.

He played three T20Is on that tour and picked up five wickets. However, Saini couldn’t replicate that against South Africa and was expensive as he took just one wicket from two games. Nevertheless. the Delhi quick came back strongly earlier this year (2020) as he scalped five wickets in two games against Sri Lanka before returning with two wickets in as many games in New Zealand at an economy of 6.50.

Saini has played 11 T20Is (including his debut game) and has picked up 13 wickets in T20 internationals. He has an economy of 7.16 and a strike rate of 15.15 while averaging 8,08 with the ball.

ODI Career

Saini had to wait for more than five months to make his ODI debut. It was once against the West Indies who were the opposing team. Deepak Chahar was injured ahead of the third ODI against the West Indies at home late last year and hence, Saini was called in as a replacement. He slotted straight into the XI and made a good impact. He took 2/58 from his 10 overs on debut and picked up the wickets of Roston Chase and Shimron Hetmyer. He was the most economical Indian pacer in that game as well.

After that, he played a couple of games against Australia in early 2020 and was impressive once again. He bowled with great pace, rattled the Aussies and was excellent at the death. He had an economy of 6.35 but returned with three wickets and played a big role in both games that India won. However, he did hit a small roadblock in New Zealand. Saini went wicketless and was slightly expensive in both games he played in New Zealand. However, he hit 45 in the second ODI and almost won India the game.

Overall, Saini has played five ODIs and has picked up five wickets.

Test Career

Saini’s Test career hasn’t taken off just yet. However, he has been in the Test squad on a couple of occasions. It was the Test squad that Saini first made an appearance with in 2018 before any other format. He was called in as a replacement for Mohammad Shami who had failed a fitness test for the one-off Test match against Afghanistan in Bengaluru. When India went to New Zealand earlier this year (2020), Saini found a place in the Test squad as well. However, he didn’t break into the XI in any of the two matches. Considering the way Saini has emerged and evolved as a gun fast bowler over the last couple of years, it may not be long before he makes his Test debut as well.

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