Dhawal Kulkarni is an Indian cricketer, born on 10th December 1988, in erstwhile Bombay, now Mumbai, India. He is primarily a right-arm medium pace bowler and bats right-handed in the tail end of the batting order.
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Kulkarni first came into limelight during the 2005-06 Vijay Merchant Trophy when he was playing for the Mumbai Under-17 team. His good performances continued in the Under-19 level as a result of which he was picked in the India Under-19 squad selected to tour Sri Lanka in 2007. His good performances in Sri Lanka resulted in a berth in the Mumbai Ranji Trophy team. He picked up 42 wickets in his debut season and was the tournament’s most successful bowler.
In the 2012-13 Ranji Trophy season, Kulkarni played an important role behind Mumbai’s 40th title win. Dhawal Kulkarni took 5/33 against the Services in the Semi-final of 2012-13 season of Ranji Trophy. He then followed it up the same way in the finals against Saurashtra, taking 4/24 and 5/32 in the 1st and the 2nd innings, thus bowling them out for 148 and 82 respectively. Looking at his performance in the 2012-13 Ranji Trophy season, he was rewarded with a spot in the India A squad in 2014.
Dhawal Kulkarni played for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League since the tournament’s inception in 2008. He was then bought by the Rajasthan Royals in the 2014 IPL auctions. Following the suspension of the franchise in 2016, he was picked by the new franchise Gujarat Lions in the consequent auction. In 2016, appearing for the Gujarat Lions, Kulkarni performed admirably for them in their first season. He took part in all the 14 league games and took 18 wickets with a best of 4/14.
In the 2018 IPL Player Retention Ceremony, he was not retained by the returning Rajasthan Royals franchise but played the 2019 season for them. The 31-year-old was picked by Mumbai Indians in a trading window from the Rajasthan Royals ahead of IPL 2020 and will be donning the blue-golden once again in the dusty tracks of UAE.
Overall, Dhawal has played 90 matches in the IPL picking 86 wickets at an impressive strike-rate of 20.29 and would be hoping to show his mettle again in the tournament.
Dhawal Kulkarni made his debut for India in the ODI format against England at Edgbaston in 2014. He had figures of 0/35 in his 7 overs. He was dropped for the following game. He was not picked in the next ODI series against West Indies at home as well. Kulkarni never got the long rope in the national team as the pace battery of India included the likes of Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma. Overall, Kulkarni has played only 12 matches in his career and taken 19 wickets.
Kulkarni made his T20I debut for India against Zimbabwe at Harare in 2016. He took the solitary wicket of Graeme Cremer in his four overs. He played the next T20I as well against Zimbabwe and picked 2/23 in four overs. Those two matches still remain his only appearances in the shortest format of the game for India.
Dhawal Kulkarni was born on 10 December 1998 in Chunabhatti, Maharashtra to Sunil Kulkarni and Pramila Kulkarni. The skiddy pacer has risen through the ranks over the years through his impeccable hardwork and solid work-ethic.