Basil Thampi Biography
Basil Thampi is an Indian cricketer born in Ernakulam, Kerala on 11 September 1993. He is a right arm fast-medium bowler and bats right-handed.
Thampi is known for his fiery bowling at speeds in excess of 140 kmph and is very good at bowling yorkers.
Thampi was getting ready to finish his studies and move to the Gulf to get a job. He was representing Kerala at that time and a discussion with his then captain convinced him to continue on the same path as a cricketer and a take up a job at Chemplast, a cricket nursery.
With his excellent bowling abilities, Thampi looks braced for selection for the Indian team, after already achieving a place in the squad.
Basil has represented Kerala (South Zone), Gujarat Lions, India A and will represent Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2018 IPL season.
Basil Thampi has not made his international debut yet in spite of being a part of the squad for two series.
He made his first-class debut for Kerala against Goa at Wayanad on 7 December 2014 in the Ranji Trophy.
He picked up 4 wickets in a match that ended as a draw.
Basil made his List A debut on 7 November 2014 against Goa at Secunderabad. He picked up an impressive 6 wickets but failed to give his side a deserved win.
On 1 April 2014, Basil made his T20 debut against Hyderabad in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at Visakhapatnam. He picked up a wicket and effected a run out in another loss for Kerala.
Rise to Glory
Basil Thampi’s cricketing career received a huge boost in the 2017 IPL season when he was picked up by the Gujarat Lions for an amount of 85 lakhs after his impressive performances in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
He was the top bowler for the lions, picking up 11 wickets from 12 matches at an average of 38.55. In spite of the wicket tally, Basil was expensive and went for 424 runs in the season, which is an economy of 9.49.
He is considered as one of India’s emerging bowlers to join the barrage of talents such as Jasprit Bumrah.
Basil was a crucial part of Kerala’s successful year in 2017, achieving a quarterfinal spot in the Ranji Trophy where they lost to eventual winners Vidarbha.
He was also impressive in the recent Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, picking up crucial wickets at the time of need.
Basil was a part of the T20I squad that travelled to Sri Lanka, but not get a chance to make his debut. He was also a net bowler in the Test Series against Australia in February and March of 2017.
Basil will represent the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2018 IPL season after he was acquired for an amount of 95 lakh. He will look to continue his fine form from last season.