A prodigal batsman, Pooran broke a lot of records at the school level cricket while playing for Naparima College. From there on he went on to play for the West Indies Under-19 team and eventually made his place in 2016. He has also performed well in T20 leagues around the world and is becoming one of the top wicketkeeper-batsman in the cricketing world.
Named as the rising star of the squad by the ICC after the 2019 World Cup.
Nicholas Pooran started his domestic career playing for Trinidad and Tobago and represented them at various underage and schoolboys tournaments. He made his national under-19 debut at the age of 16 in 2012. A year later he debuted for the West Indies under-19s. In 2013, he also four matches for his country in the Regional Super50 competition. He was the youngest player in the 2013 Caribbean Premier League, the inaugural edition of the tournament.
He was selected for the 2014 Under-19 World Cup. He was the team’s vice-captain and primary wicket-keeper in the Under-19 World Cup. His innings of 143 runs against Australia was the highest of the tournament. The same year he made his first-class debut for Trinidad and Tobago in the Regional Four Day Competition.
Nicholas Pooran’s international debut in the Twenty20 format against Pakistan cricket team in 2016. His ODI debut came three years later against England. He has scored two half-centuries in the shortest format of the game, the first of which came against India in 2018 and second England in 2019.
Just after making his debut, he was selected for the 2019 ICC World Cup. His first century came in the World Cup against Sri Lanka cricket team on 1 July 2019 at Chester-le-Street. He finished the tournament with 367 runs in nine matches, the most by a West Indies batsman in the 2019 World Cup.
In an ODI match against Afghanistan in November of 2019, Nicholas Pooran was found guilty of ball tampering and banned for four Twenty20 International matches.
Nicholas Pooran was picked for the IPL by Mumbai Indians for 30 lakhs in 2017. In December 2018 when the auction for the 2019 season of IPL was held, Pooran was picked up by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 4.2 crore
He played 7 matches for the team in the 2019 IPL, scoring 168 runs at a strike rate of 157. His highest score in the season was 48 and he scored with an average of 28.
Other than the IPL, Nicholas Pooran has played in the PSL and the Bangladesh Premier League other than the Caribbean Premier League. He played for Sylhet Sixers in the 2018-19 Bangladesh Premier League and was the leading run-scorer for the team in the tournament. He scored 379 runs in the eleven matches that he played.