Navdeep Saini

Navdeep Amarjeet Saini (born 23 November 1992) is an Indian cricketer. He has played for Delhi since 2013. He made his international debut for the India cricket team in August 2019.[1]

Navdeep Saini
Personal information
Full nameNavdeep Amarjeet Saini
Born (1992-11-23) 23 November 1992 (age 29)
Karnal, Haryana, India
BowlingRight-arm fast
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 299)7 January 2021 v Australia
Last Test15 January 2021 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 229)22 December 2019 v West Indies
Last ODI23 July 2021 v Sri Lanka
ODI shirt no.96
T20I debut (cap 80)3 August 2019 v West Indies
Last T20I28 July 2021 v Sri Lanka
T20I shirt no.96
Domestic team information
2018–2021Royal Challengers Bangalore
2022Rajasthan Royals
Source: Cricinfo, 2 April 2022

Early lifeEdit

Navdeep Saini was born on 23 November 1992 in Karnal, Haryana. His father, a driver, was employed with the government of Haryana.[2] His grandfather Karam Singh, an independence activist, was a part of Subhas Chandra Bose's Indian National Army.[3][4]

Domestic careerEdit

Saini made his Twenty20 debut on 2 January 2016 in the 2015–16 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.[5]

In February 2017, he was bought by the Delhi Daredevils team for the 2017 Indian Premier League for 10 lakhs.[6] In January 2018, he was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2018 IPL auction for 3 crores.[7]

He was the leading wicket-taker for Delhi in the 2017–18 Ranji Trophy, with 34 dismissals in eight matches.[8] He was also the leading wicket-taker for Delhi in the 2018–19 Vijay Hazare Trophy, with sixteen dismissals in eight matches.[9] In October 2018, he was named in India C's squad for the 2018–19 Deodhar Trophy.[10] The following month, he was named as one of eight players to watch ahead of the 2018–19 Ranji Trophy.[11]

In February 2022, he was bought by the Rajasthan Royals in the 2022 Indian Premier League auction.[12]

International careerEdit

In June 2018, he was added to India's Test squad for their one-off match against Afghanistan as a replacement for Mohammed Shami, but he did not play.[13] In April 2019, he was named as a standby bowler for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[14]

In July 2019, he was named in India's One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20I) squads for their series against the West Indies.[15] He made his T20I debut against the West Indies on 3 August 2019.[16] He took three wickets from his four overs, including Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer in two consecutive deliveries. He bowled a wicket-maiden in the last over of the innings, dismissing Kieron Pollard. He was named the man of the match.[17] In December 2019, he was added to India's One Day International (ODI) squad for their home series against the West Indies.[18] He made his ODI debut for India, also against the West Indies, on 22 December 2019.[19] In February 2020, he was named in India's Test squad for their series against New Zealand.[20] In October 2020, he was again named in India's Test squad, this time for their series against Australia.[21] However, Saini could not play the whole tour due to a back spasm.[22] He made his Test debut for India on 7 January 2021, against Australia, taking the wicket of fellow debutant Will Pucovski, as his maiden dismissal in Test cricket.[23]


  1. ^ "Navdeep Saini". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  2. ^ Jain, Sahil (11 June 2018). "Navdeep Saini: India's latest pace sensation". Sportskeeda. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  3. ^ Venugopal, Arun (19 December 2017). "The making of Navdeep Saini". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Whenever I speak about Gautam Gambhir, I get emotional, says Navdeep Saini". The Indian Express. Press Trust of India. 11 June 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Group C: Delhi v Railways at Vadodara, Jan 2, 2016". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  6. ^ "List of players sold and unsold at IPL auction 2017". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  7. ^ "List of sold and unsold players". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Ranji Trophy, 2017/18: Delhi batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Vijay Hazare Trophy, 2018/19 - Delhi: Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Rahane, Ashwin and Karthik to play Deodhar Trophy". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Eight players to watch out for in Ranji Trophy 2018-19". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  12. ^ "IPL Auction 2022: From Navdeep Saini to Yuzvendra Chahal, full list of players bought by RR - Firstcricket News, Firstpost". Firstpost. 13 February 2022. Retrieved 13 February 2022.
  13. ^ "Shami out of Afghanistan Test after failing fitness Test". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Navdeep Saini named standbys for World Cup". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  15. ^ "MS Dhoni out of West Indies tour, Hardik Pandya rested". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  16. ^ "1st T20I, India tour of United States of America and West Indies at Lauderhill, Aug 3 2019". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  17. ^ "Debutant Saini stars as India edge low scoring thriller in Florida". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  18. ^ "Navdeep Saini Replaces Deepak Chahar In India Side For Third ODI Vs West Indies". News Nation. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  19. ^ "3rd ODI, West Indies tour of India at Cuttack, Dec 22 2019". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  20. ^ "India in New Zealand - Prithvi Shaw returns to Test squad, Mayank Agarwal in for ODIs". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  21. ^ "India squads for tour of Australia: Rohit Sharma not part of India squads to tour Down Under". Sport Star. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  22. ^ "Navdeep Saini Sustains Back Injury; Back-Up Named". Cricfit. Retrieved 7 December 2020.
  23. ^ "3rd Test, Sydney, Jan 7 - Jan 11 2021, India tour of Australia". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 January 2021.

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