Nicolas Pooran is a professional cricketer from Trinidad and Tobago. He was born on 2 October 1995 in Couva, Trinidad, and Tobago. He is a wicketkeeper and a left-handed batsman.
Pooran started cricket while he was in school and went on to play for Trinidad and Tobago in various tournaments for underage and schoolboys. In 2012, at the age of 16, he made his national under-19 debut.
In October 2013, he made his under-19 debut for West Indies against Bangladesh under-19s. From here on, he went on to play in the 2014 Under-19 World Cup as the team’s vice-captain as well as the primary wicketkeeper. His innings of 143 runs against Australia was the highest total of the tournament. During the course of this innings, he along with Barbadian Jerome Jones created a partnership of 136 runs for the ninth wicket which was a record for all under-19 matches.
He was selected for the squad of Red Steel before the inaugural season of Caribbean Premier League in 2013. At the age of 17, he was the youngest player in the tournament. In the 2013 Champions League, he played for the Trinidad and Tobago national side rather than the Red Steel.
His first-class debut for Trinidad and Tobago came in 2014 against the Leeward Islands in the 2014-15 season of Regional Four Day Competition. Due to the injuries sustained in a road accident in 2015, he missed a major part of Trinidad and Tobago’s domestic season and also the 2015 Caribbean Premier League.
T20 franchise career
Pooran was bought by Mumbai Indians for the 2017 IPl for Rs 30 Lakhs which was his base price. The same year, he played for Islamabad United in 2017 Pakistan Super League.
He played for the Sylhet Sixers in the 2018-19 Bangladesh Premier League was his team’s leading run scorer with a total of 379 runs. In the auction leading to IPL 2019, he was bought by the Kings Xi Punjab for Rs 4.2 crore while having a base price of Rs 75 lakhs.
On 23 September 2016, Nicolas made his Twenty20 International debut against Pakistan. His ODI debut came against England on 20 February 2019. Two months later, he was named in the West Indies’ squad for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.