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Navdeep Saini

Navdeep Saini

BornNovember 23, 1992

Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)


RoleRight-arm medium Bowler, Right-handed Batsman

Relation(s)Amarjeet Singh Saini (Father), Mandeep Singh Saini (Brother)


AUS vs INDIA 10 10 1 0 100.00 7 0 70 0 10.00 3
AUS vs INDIA 29 35 1 1 82.86 10 0 83 1 8.30 3
RCB vs SRH 9 8 1 0 112.50 3.4 0 31 0 8.45 0
RCB vs SRH 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 30 1 15.00 1
RCB vs CSK 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 19 0 6.33 0

ODIs 5 2 53 55 1 53.00 96.36 0 0 45 7 2 3 0
T20Is 10 2 11 10 2 110.00 0 0 11* 2 0 3 0
T20s 58 12 50 60 9 16.66 83.33 0 0 12* 5 0 14 0
LISTAs 52 23 152 259 14 16.88 58.68 0 0 45 16 4 12 0
FIRSTCLASS 45 45 257 574 19 9.88 44.77 0 0 42* 33 2 12 0

ODIs 5 5 48 301 5 60.20 6.27 2/58 0 0
T20Is 10 9 32.5 235 13 18.07 7.15 3/17 0 0
T20s 58 57 209 1537 49 31.36 7.35 3/17 0 0
LISTAs 52 52 446.5 2297 80 28.71 5.14 5/46 1 0
FIRSTCLASS 45 77 1257.3 3538 125 28.30 2.81 7/79 4 0

Navdeep Saini is the rare-breed of fast bowlers that can continuously bowl at 150 clicks. With deadly toe-crushing Yorkers and an elaborate slow ball at his disposal, Navdeep Saini is being touted as the next big thing for the Indian team.

Table of Contents

  1. About
  2. Biography- About Navdeep Saini
  3. Navdeep Saini: Along the years
  4. Records
  5. Awards
  6. Career
  7. Family

Cherry-picked by Gautam Gambhir from the practice nets of Delhi, the Karnal born Navdeep Saini and his rise to the top has been nothing short of a fairy-tale journey. The lanky, wry looking pace bowler has impressed everybody with his raw pace and deadly accuracy. Coming from humble beginnings, Saini is currently one of the brightest stars in the cricketing horizon.

New Zealand v India - T20: Game 5

201318Won the U-19 World Cup
201623Domestic T20 debut for Delhi in Syed Mushtaq Ali
201725Delhi’s highest wicket-taker in Ranji Trophy- 34 wickets
201725Bought by Delhi Daredevils for 10 lakhs
201825Leading wicket-taker for Delhi in 2018-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy-16
201825Snapped by Royal Challengers Bangalore—Rs. 3 crores
201926Standby bowler for World Cup
201926T20I debut against West Indies
201927ODI debut against West Indies
202028Named in India’s Test squad for New Zealand tour

  1. Highest-wicket taker for Delhi Ranji team in 2017-18 season—34
  2. Leading wicket taker in Vijay Hazare trophy 2018-19--16

  1. Man of the Match award on T20I debut

Domestic Career


Navdeep made his first-class debut at the age of 21 on December 14, 2013, at Roshanara Club Ground during the 2013-14 Ranji season. DDCA Selection Committee was skeptical of his selection and even disapproved of it because he was from Haryana and not a player from Delhi. However, Gautam Gambhir backed him and forced the selectors to go ahead with his selection in the playing XI.

Gautam Gambhir was told about the prodigal talent of Saini by Delhi cricketer Sumit Narwal who had seen Saini bowl deadly Yorkers with tennis balls. Saini was being paid Rs 200 per match and Narwal immediately called up Delhi captain Gambhir to check him out at the nets.

What Gambhir saw at the nets was enough for him to get into a heated argument with then DDCA vice president Chetan Chauhan, to get the player from Haryana into the Delhi team.

The young speedster has bowled one of the most devastating spells of recent times in Indian domestic cricket when Delhi humiliated Bengal by an innings and 26 runs to enter the Ranji Trophy final in 2017-18.

IPL Career

Navdeep Saini after being scouted by Gautam Gambhir in the domestic circuit was lapped by up Delhi Daredevil’s franchise in 2018. He didn’t get many chances in the franchise and a year later went to Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2019. A fierce bidding war ensued for Saini and he ultimately got sold for a whopping amount of Rs. 3 crores.

Saini played 13 matches in the season and picked up 11 wickets. However, his sheer pace and accuracy impressed almost everybody and soon calls began to grow for Saini to be drafted into the Indian team.

International Career

ODI Career


Saini’s impressive performances in the T20 format also earned him an ODI cap in the series against West Indies at home. He hustled his first ODI victim, Hetmyer for pace and bounce, and then set up Roston Chase and knocked over his stumps with a peach of a yorker. 

With an impressive Indian bench strength of pace bowling already present, Saini making his way through the ranks has been nothing short of a miracle story.

T20I Career

Playing under the watchful eyes of the Indian skipper Virat Kohli for RCB, Saini’s impressive performances in IPL 2019 earned him a national team call-up.

Saini was making his debut for India in the T20 format. Playing against a T20 powerhouse in West Indies, Saini never looked out of place. He first bounced out Nicholas Pooran and then dismissed Shimron Hetmyer off the very next ball. He added to his wickets tally as he got the prized scalp of the well-set Kieron Pollard for 49. His 3-wicket haul earned him the Man of the Match award on his international debut. 

A year on from his breakthrough season in the IPL, Saini has turned into a formidable pace option in the international arena for the Indian team. The rise has been nothing short of meteoric. Considering that the Indian team boasts of one of the best pace attacks in the world, Saini’s emergence as an option in the famed bowling line-up is a testament to his skills.

Test Career

After raking up impressive performances in the ODI and T20 team, Navdeep Saini was drafted into the two Test squad for the tour of New Zealand. Navdeep did not got a chance to don the white flannels in the series but he had finally broken the glass-ceiling.


Navdeep Saini was born on 23 November 1992 in Karnal, Haryana. Coming from a humble background, Saini, son of a former Haryana government driver, has his feet firmly rooted to the ground. His father, a driver, was employed with the government of Haryana. His grandfather Karam Singh, an independence activist, was a part of Subhas Chandra Bose's Indian National Army.

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