Sankarankutty Sandeep Warrier (born 4 April 1991 in Thrissur, Kerala, India) is an Indian cricketer. Warrier is a right-arm fast-medium bowler who plays first-class cricket for Kerala. He was signed up by the IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2013.
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Sandeep Warrier made his first-class debut back in 2012 against Goa and has played nearly 57 first-class games since then.
In August 2018, he was one of five players that were suspended for three games in the 2018–19 Vijay Hazare Trophy, after showing dissent against Kerala's captain, Sachin Baby. Warrier and 12 other players had written a letter to the KCA stating that they were unhappy with Baby's leadership. However, they didn't discuss the issue with Baby or the manager on tour, and instead went directly to the KCA. a
However, Warrier was the leading wicket-taker for Kerala in the 2018–19 Vijay Hazare Trophy, with twelve dismissals in six matches. The paceman picked up 44 wickets at an average of under 18, which included a five-for versus Bengal in the 2018-19 Ranji season that propelled Kerala to the semi-finals of the tournament for the first time in its history. Warrier even took a hat-trick in the 2019 season of Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy.
However, in June this year, Warrier decided to shift base to Tamil Nadu. The fast bowler is employed with India Cements and has also trained at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai. The 29-year-old also noted that Dinesh Karthik, the experienced Tamil Nadu cricketer, suggested him to make the move. Warrier, though, hasn't yet received the No-Objection Certificate from the Kerala Cricket Association.
After impressing Virat Kohli as a net bowler in 2013, Warrier was picked in the squad. Although he was released three seasons later - having not played a single game. During his time at RCB, Warrier also got to rub shoulders with Zaheer Khan and Praveen Kumar, which helped him hone his skills further. From being just an outswing bowler, Warrier has gradually added different variations to his arsenal.
However, even after slogging in the domestic circuit, an IPL call was hard to come by. But that changed in 2019 when Kolkata Knight Rider’s premier pacer Kamlesh Nagarkoti got injured and opened the door of opportunity for Warrier.
The Kerala pacer was signed by the KKR just 10 days before the start of 2019 IPL season where he ended up making his debut and picked up two wickets in the three matches he played. The Kerala pacer’s good form with the ball in the domestic set-up had finally earned him an IPL call-up.
Sandeep's father, a bank employee, worked in Mumbai when Warrier was in school and Sandeep only played at the lower levels, for his school. He is an engineering dropout who left college to pursue his dream on the cricket field. The love for the game though, was inculcated in Mumbai, and the real impetus came after moving back to Kerala at 16. Since then, he has gone through a lot of ups and down but things are looking bright now and the 2020 IPL season can be the breakout season for him.