Pavan Deshpande is a left handed batsman from Karnataka who also comes handy with his right-arm off break bowling. Born on 16th September 1989 in Dharwad, Karnataka, the player is known for his ability to bludgeon short pitch deliveries. His aggressive running and powerful hitting make him a perfect package for the T20 format.
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Pavan was a late entrant in domestic cricket. He made his debut in T20 format, playing for Karnataka in the 2015-2016 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Opening the batting for his team, he made a quick 29 off 27 to help his team cruise towards victory. In the 11 T20s played so far, Pavan has two half centuries to his name and averages a whopping 67 while striking at a rate of 145.45
Following his T20 debut, Pavan went to establish his prowess in the first-class format. He made his debut in 2016 where he scored 70 runs in the first innings helped Karnataka register and easy win against Maharashtra. The next year saw him making his first class debut for Karnataka against Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. His 36 off 42 balls came in handy and helped his side win the match. The year 2018 turned out to be a golden year for the Karnataka player. In the T20 format he has scores of 12*, 56 and 48* along with scoring 3 half centuries in 5 List A matches. From being the highest-paid cricketer in the Karnataka Premier League in 2019 to becoming a vital member of Karnataka in the domestic circuit, Deshpande has come a long way.
Deshpande was roped in by Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2018 for Rs. 20 lakh but had to warm the benches throughout the season. However, the Hesson-led management has once again roped in the experienced all-rounder for the 2020 season, intending to strengthen the middle-order. Deshpande boasts a strike rate of almost 150 in the shorter format and can also roll his arm when necessary. Bangalore have Shivam Dube in their ranks, but he has failed to step up in crisis situations. That is where Deshpande can come in. The Karnataka-born cricketer can strike the ball a country mile and could be a valuable surprise element in the team.
Pavan started playing cricket at a very young age and played his first match for the ‘Karnataka Under-15s’ in 2004. However, he made his First Class debut at the age of 26.