Siddhesh Dinesh Lad is an Indian cricketer who was born on 23 May 1992 in Mumbai. Currently, Lad plays domestic cricket for Mumbai and serves his team as a middle order batsman. Owing to his determined and tenacious batting in lower middle-order, he has saved a number of matches for his team and often called “Crisis-Man” by the fans and media. Along with batting, he can bowl too and often troubles batsmen with his right arm off break.
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Lad made his domestic debut in a match of Vijay Hazare Trophy on 17 February 2013. Playing his debut game against Saurashtra, he made an instant impact by scoring a hundred.
He hit 6 sixes in his innings and scored 115 runs with the strike rate of 126.37. He played 3 List-A games in the 2012-13 season and scored 180 runs at an average of 90.
Lad made his Ranji debut against Punjab in November 2013 and showed his class in the very second game by hitting 74 in the first and 85 in the second innings. He battled strong bowling attack of Delhi studiously in his both fifties. In the season of 2014-15, Lad played 7 first-class games and scored 562 runs at an average of 42.23 whereas in 2015-16 season, he scored 817 runs in 12 matches.
His best inning till date came in the final of 2015-16 Ranji season. Playing against Saurashtra, he scored 88 runs in 101 balls and pulled back his team from the brink of defeat. His inning also included 5 sixes to ensure the title victory. Lad averages above 40 in first-class and List A cricket. In T20s, he is at 26.03 which is bound to get better with time and experience.
Owning to his impressive performances in the Domestic circuit, Lad was acquired by Mumbai Indians in 2015 IPL auction but couldn’t find a place in the playing eleven as Mumbai Indians bowling was pretty stacked at the time.
In the 2018 IPL auction, he was again bought by Mumbai Indians for ₹20 Lakhs. Lad made his debut in the 2019 season and played only one match. In November 2019 Kolkata Knight Riders snaffled him for IPL 2020. He will be hoping to get a long run in the 2020 season.
Siddhesh’s father, Dinesh Lad, trained him from the age of three and also coached the current Indian opener Rohit Sharma. Both Siddhesh and Rohit Sharma studied in the same school Swami Vivekanand International in Mumbai.
During his school days, he won the Giles Shield and Harris Shield inter-school titles. At a young age, he used to play tennis ball cricket under the guidance of his father. He was selected as a captain of the Western Wolves team in the Toyota University Cricket Championship. He suffered from the herniated disc for many years.