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Mukesh Kumar Biography: Journey from Gopalganj to Indian Cricket Team

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Mukesh Kumar hails from Kakarkund, a small village situated in the Gopalganj district of Bihar, approximately 150 kilometers away from the state’s capital, Patna. Since childhood, Mukesh harbored a profound aspiration to represent India in cricket. Despite growing up in an area devoid of proper cricket infrastructure and lacking a Ranji team, Mukesh overcame these challenges to secure a spot in the Indian squad. His remarkable journey is certain to inspire you like never before. In this blog, we will look at cricketer Mukesh Kumar career, IPL team, stats, struggle, family, etc.

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Cricketer Mukesh Kumar Bio

Name Mukesh Kumar
Born 12 October 1993 (age 30)
Place of Birth Gopalganj, Bihar, India
Batting Style Right-handed
Bowling Style Right-arm medium-fast
Role Bowler
National Side India (2023–present)
Test Debut 20 July 2023 v West Indies
ODI Debut 27 July 2023 vs West Indies
Last ODI 21 December 2023 v South Africa
T20I Debut 3 August 2023 vs West Indies
Marital Status Married – Divya Singh
Domestic Team Information
Years Team
2015–present Bengal
2024 Delhi Capitals
Major Teams Played For India, Bengal, Delhi Capitals, Rest of India

Early Struggling Days of Mukesh Kumar

Cricketer Mukesh Kumar Biography: Age, Family, Career, Stats - KreedOn
Image Source: Indian Express

Mukesh Kumar stated in an interview with PTI-

“In front of me, everything appeared to be fuzzy. My late father Kashi Nath Singh’s visage was all I could recall. After I competed for Bengal in the Ranji Trophy, my father began to believe that I was capable of succeeding in a professional setting. They questioned my ability and thought I was incompetent.”

30-year-old Mukesh Kumar, lost his father to a brain stroke before the Ranji Trophy final last year. After hearing the news of his selection, Mukesh said,

“Today my mother had tears in her eyes. She was very emotional, and everyone started crying at home”

The art of your hands is a gift from God, but if you do not work hard on the blessings given by him, then nothing will happen. He was born into a poor family and his father went to Kolkata and to raise his family, he started driving an auto there. Mukesh used to play cricket in Gopalganj earlier, and his performances were good. He also played under-19 cricket for Bihar. After this, his father called him to Kolkata for a job. However, even in Kolkata, Mukesh continued to play cricket.

Meanwhile, Mukesh tried hard to join the army but failed thrice in the medical test. After this, he reached Kolkata and started playing cricket. Due to financial difficulties, he started playing in tournaments where he used to get 500 rupees per match from private clubs.


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Mukesh Kumar in “Vision Program 2020” trials 

He also participated in the trial of the Cricket Association of Bengal’s “Vision 2020” in 2014 and was selected for the Bengal Team. Coach Ranadeb Bose recognized his talent and at the behest of Ranadeb Sir, he also got a place to live in one of the rooms of Eden Garden. He made his debut for Bengal in 2015. Former Kolkata Knight Riders team director Joy Bhattacharjya recalled the latter’s journey to India selection and how Mukesh once completely wowed Pakistani bowling legend, Waqar Younis. A pre-trial was staged specifically to identify some of the players before Waqar Younis arrived in Kolkata.

Mukesh didn’t get the chance to bowl on the nets as he was not part of any club, so after the trials were over he went to Joy, and somehow he convinced him to allow him to bowl in the nets. Seeing him bowling, Joy and Waqar got eye-struck and asked Mukesh to bowl again on the very next day of the trials. After the trials were over Waqar told to Joy “that he is the unique bowler completely different from others.”

Remembering Father

Cricketer Mukesh Kumar recalls his memories of his earlier days and said,

“My father had no issues with me playing cricket. He was a huge cricket fan, though. We weren’t in excellent shape financially at the time. At first, he had doubts that even a boy from a remote area could succeed in the cricket industry. The young man does not aspire to play cricket and resides in a remote village 150 kilometers from Patna. Here, there is only one choice: study before finding employment. The father then showed his trust in me by telling me to give it a go. Earlier, Papa used to remind me to focus on my work, but I got my name listed in the cricket club and was injured as a result. When Papa realized how long this would continue, a year had already passed. I requested one more year from my father. I worked a lot during this year. After that, he called Papa for the first time after seeing his name on the list of Ranji Trophy winners in the results”.

Mukesh Kumar’s Debut for India A

Image Source- Telegraph India

On September 1, 2022, when he debuted for India A against NZ A, Mukesh Kumar grabbed 5 wicket haul, giving only 86 runs in the first inning of the game, and was a go-to bowler for India. Sairaj Bahutule, the bowling coach for Bengal when Mukesh initially played for them in 2015, presented Mukesh with his India A cap before the game. Mukesh has been one of the most reliable bowlers for Bengal since the date he joined the game.

Recalling the best moments of life that he has cherished the most Mukesh says that

“I have had challenges throughout my life, but they are not unusual. Har Kisi ke sath hota hai (Everyone goes through that phase). I wanted to play cricket at the top level, and now I’m doing just that. If I hadn’t gone through those difficult periods in my life, I would never have arrived here, says Kumar, “Agar zindagi mey muskileyen na aati toh shayad mai yahaan nahi pahunch paata.” “My two cricket trials in my life are the main topic. First, one in Gopalganj, where I rose to become the district’s top bowler, and then one in Kolkata when my life was forever altered.”


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The Story of First Cricket Kit

When Kumar was chosen to represent Bengal in the Buchi Babu competition, he recalls not having a cricket kit. Kumar says,

“Manoj Tiwary handed me a bat, leg protectors, and gloves. Manoj bhaiya mereko bat, pad, aur gloves diya tha.”

Former Bengal Coach Arun Lal said,

The ability of bowling long spells in first class cricket and attack the line of outside off stump makes Mukesh a special bowler.”

“The thing that surprised me the most was his ability to bowl long stints throughout the day in that probing outside off-stump line. He looks exactly like Pakistan’s Mohammed Abbas if you have seen him. He won’t give you an inch even though he can’t go 140 kph. You’ll need a couple of capable slip fielders if Mukesh is bowling.” 

Mukesh Kumar International Career

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Image Source- ESPN CricInfo

He received his first call-up to the Indian cricket team in September 2022 for the ODI series against South Africa. Following that, in December 2022, he was selected for the Indian cricket team for the Twenty20 International (T20I) series against Sri Lanka. His inclusion in the Indian squad for all three formats for the West Indies tour was announced in June 2023. He marked his debut in the second Test of the series on 20 July 2023 at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad. During this match, he secured his first Test wicket by dismissing Kirk McKenzie, concluding the innings with figures of 2/48 from 18 overs in the first innings and 0/5 from 5 overs in the second innings.

In the opening match of the ODI series against West Indies on 27 July 2023 at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados, he made his ODI debut. During this game, he achieved his inaugural ODI wicket by dismissing Alick Athanaze, ultimately finishing with figures of 1/22 from 5 overs. Likewise, he made his T20I debut in the first match of the series against West Indies on 3 August 2023 at Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad.


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Cricketer Mukesh Kumar Career Stats

  • Bowling Stats
FORMAT Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 3 6 284 179 7 2/0 4/56 25.57 3.78 40.5 0 0 0
ODIs 6 6 234 217 5 3/30 3/30 43.40 5.56 46.8 0 0 0
T20Is 14 14 263 412 12 3/32 3/32 34.33 9.39 21.9 0 0 0
FC 43 78 7542 3441 166 6/32 10/50 20.72 2.73 45.4 9 7 1
List A 30 30 1378 1191 31 3/30 3/30 38.41 5.18 44.4 0 0 0
T20s 52 52 1044 1505 46 3/12 3/12 32.71 8.64 22.6 0 0 0
  • Batting & Fielding Stats
FORMAT Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 3 4 3 0 0* 0.00 6 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0
ODIs 6 2 1 10 6 10.00 16 62.50 0 0 2 0 1 0
T20Is 14 3 3 5 4* 2 250.00 0 0 1 0 2 0
FC 43 49 25 201 28 8.37 438 45.89 0 0 27 1 3 0
List A 30 13 9 47 16 11.75 71 66.19 0 0 5 2 5 0
T20s 52 13 12 17 6* 17.00 20 85.00 0 0 1 0 16 0

Mukesh Kumar in IPL

IPL 2024 | Delhi Capitals | Mukesh Kumar - KreedOn
Mukesh Kumar (left), Image Source- IPL

Mukesh Kumar, representing Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League, was retained for INR 5.50 crore in the 2024 season. In the preceding IPL season of 2023, Mukesh claimed 7 wickets across 10 matches.

Mukesh Kumar IPL Stats

  • Batting & Fielding Stats
YEAR MAT NO RUNS HS AVG BF SR 100 50 4S 6S CT ST
Career 10 3 7 6* 9 77.78 0 0 0 0 3 0
2023 10 3 7 6* 9 77.78 0 0 0 0 3 0
  • Bowling
YEAR MAT BALLS RUNS WKTS BBM AVE ECON SR 4W 5W
Career 10 186 326 7 2/30 46.57 10.52 26.57 0 0
2023 10 186 326 7 2/30 46.57 10.52 26.57 0 0

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