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Navdeep Saini Biography: From Local Talent to International Fame

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In the past, India was primarily known for its dominant batting prowess. Nevertheless, in recent times, the Indian bowling attack has emerged as a formidable counterpart to the batting force, propelling the Men in Blue toward world cricket supremacy. Navdeep Saini stands as a speed bowling sensation and joined the list of India’s elite fast bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, and others. In this blog, we will look at Navdeep Saini’s Cricket journey, stats, IPL team, facts, social media, etc.

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Embarking on his journey from the small town of Karnal in Haryana, Navdeep Saini began by earning ₹200 to ₹400 per competition, and today, he has soared to the grandest stages of International cricket. Renowned for his remarkable consistency in bowling at speeds over 140 km/hr, Saini stands as a testament to talent and unwavering hard work.

Navdeep Saini Bio

Full Name Navdeep Amarjeet Saini
Born 23 November 1992 (age 30)
Place of Birth Karnal, Haryana, India
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm fast
Role Bowler
National Side India (2019–)
Test Debut 7 January 2021 v Australia
ODI Debut 22 December 2019 v West Indies
T20I Debut 3 August 2019 v West Indies
IPL Team Rajasthan Royals (RR)
Major Teams Played for India A, India B, India C, India Green, Delhi, Delhi Daredevils, RCB, RR

Early Days of Navdeep Saini

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Navdeep Saini was born in November 1992 in Karnal, Haryana. He hailed from a financially weak family. “There were problems, to begin with,” Saini said in an interview to ESPN Cricinfo.

“My father works as a driver in the Haryana government and has been supportive of my cricket. But, my family couldn’t afford the fees at the academy,” rewinds back to childhood.  

However, this did not stop a young and determined Saini, as he started practicing with tennis balls. In fact, until 2013, Saini had never bowled with a leather ball. 


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A young Saini used to play in various tennis ball tournaments, earning ₹200 to ₹300 rewards at the most. He used this money to register in trials for the Karnal Premier League, conducted by Delhi pacer Sumit Narwal. Saini’s performances left quite an impression on many people, including one Sumit Narwal.

Saini would play tennis-ball tournaments and eke out INR 200-300 as cash reward at the most. He used the money to enroll himself in the try-outs of the Karnal Premier League, a tournament conducted by Delhi seamer Sumit Narwal.

Navdeep Saini Domestic Career

Narwal instantly knew he had found a raw diamond. In order to polish him, Narwal took Saini to Delhi. Saini was warmly welcomed by players like Virender Sehwag Gautam Gambir, Mithun Manhas, Ashish Nehra, and obviously Narwal.

Being an outsider, Saini was overwhelmed with the pressure on him. However, the warmth from his seniors, especially Gambir, helped the 19-year-old settle his nerves.

Gambhir had several run-ins with the selectors because Navdeep came from Haryana and not Delhi and was considered an ‘outsider’. Furthermore, Navdeep had not taken part in any form of league cricket associated with the Delhi District Cricket Association. However, ultimately, he was successful in getting Saini on board.


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Saini made his first-class debut for Delhi against Vidarbha in the Ranji Trophy match on 14 December 2013. While it was Ishant Sharma who made the headlines with his 6/16 in the first innings and 3/52 in the second; a young Saini held his head high with a decent debut performance of 2 wickets while conceding 18 runs. In the only other match he played that season, Saini picked 3/88 against Punjab days later.

Being the least experienced in the Delhi circuit, Saini knew he had to work harder than everyone. Soon, Saini’s performances started to grow, and he started to become a vital cog of Delhi’s pace attack. In the 2014/15 season, Saini picked 16 wickets in 5 matches with an average of 15.50. He also picked his first seven-wicket haul against Rajasthan.

Breakthrough Season

Saini had his breakthrough season in 2017/18. He finished as the first highest wicket-taker for Delhi and joint-fourth highest wicket-taker of the tournament with 34 wickets in 8 matches. His performance caught eyes and before no time Saini was flying off to South Africa for India A, before returning to face New Zealand A at Vijaywaoopda.

“Playing for India A for the first time, there was pressure. But, then I was alright,” Saini in an interview with ESPN CricInfo. “Before going to South Africa, Yuvraj paaji was there, so he told us about the conditions there and the lengths to hit. He asked me to practice bowling those lengths before going there because I wouldn’t get any time to adjust to it. The camp was very useful,” he adds.

Saini picked 7 wickets in 2 games away before returning to India and pick 1 wicket in 1 game against New Zealand A.


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T20 Career

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Navdeep Saini made his T20 debut for India against West Indies at Lauderhill on the 3 of August 2019. He had a dream debut as he picked 3 wickets in 4 overs, including Nicholas Pooran and Shimon Hetmyer. He was named the man of the match. 

During the second T20I against Sri Lanka on 7 January 2020, Saini clocked the speed of 146.5 km/hr as he clean bowled Danushka Gunathilaka. He crossed the 150 km/hr barrier many times and picked 2/18. Saini was named the Man of the Match again. 

ODI Career

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Saini’s performances in the domestic circuit and the IPL opened several doors for him. He was called to bowl at the India nets before the South Africa tour (2017) and the Sri Lanka series at home. Saini was also named as a standby bowler for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England and Wales.

Post World Cup, the Board of Control for Cricket in India included Saini in the ODI and T20I squad for the tour of West Indies. However, Saini spent all the time bowling in the nets and on the bench. During the year-end ODI series against West Indies, Saini replaced an injured Deepak Chahar.

He finally made his debut in the series against West Indies on 22 December 2019. Saini was the best bowler among the Indian team on the day as he picked 2 wickets including the dangerous Evan Lewis and Roston Chase. A Virat Kohli brilliance won the match for India.


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Navdeep Saini Career Stats

  • Bowling
FORMAT Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Test 2 4 251 172 4 2/54 4/119 43.00 4.11 62.7 0 0 0
ODI 8 8 420 481 6 2/58 2/58 80.16 6.87 70.0 0 0 0
T20I 11 9 197 235 13 3/17 3/17 18.07 7.15 15.1 0 0 0
FC 61 105 10050 5057 175 6/32 7/79 28.89 3.01 57.4 4 5 0
List A 65 65 3311 2957 93 5/46 5/46 31.79 5.35 35.6 2 1 0
T20 78 76 1633 2059 69 4/17 4/17 29.84 7.56 23.6 1 0 0
  • Batting & Fielding
FORMAT Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Test 2 3 1 8 5 4.00 27 29.62 0 0 1 0 1 0
ODI 8 5 3 107 45 53.50 137 78.10 0 0 9 3 3 0
T20I 11 3 3 12 11* 11 109.09 0 0 2 0 3 0
FC 61 64 26 380 50* 10.00 826 46.00 0 1 50 5 16 0
List A 65 31 20 247 45 22.45 428 57.71 0 0 21 6 18 0
T20 78 18 12 63 12* 10.50 77 81.81 0 0 5 0 21 0

Navdeep Saini in IPL

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Navdeep Saini’s breakout performances in the domestic circuit and India A caught eyes. In the 2017 Indian Premier League auction, Saini was picked up by the Delhi Daredevils for ₹10 Lakh. While Saini did not feature in a single game for the Delhi side, his first-class and list A performance ensured he was one of the top uncapped players in the 2018 IPL auction.

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After a bidding war, the Royal Challengers Bangalore purchased the pacer for ₹3 crores. However, the Challengers did not use him throughout the season. However, Virat Kohli-led RCB saw his potential. He was one among 14 players retained by the Bangalore-based franchise.

After a two-year wait, Saini finally made his debut in the IPL 2019 season against the Chennai Super Kings. He bowled 4 overs with a decent figure of conceding 24 runs. However, it was RCB’s batting that made the headlines for the wrong reason. The famed batting order had fallen for 70 runs.

Saini was an important cog of the bowling unit in the season. His performances were a ray of hope in a season where the RCB’s batting order failed consecutively, and bowlers including Chahal got hit for maximums. Saini finished as RCB’s second top wicket-taker with 11 wickets as he clocked speeds of 150 km/hr on multiple occasions. In the IPL Auction 2023, the Rajasthan Royals acquired the services of Navdeep Saini for Rs 2.60 Cr.

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Navdeep Saini IPL Stats

  • Batting & Fielding Stats
YEAR MAT NO RUNS HS AVG BF SR 100 50 4S 6S CT ST
Career 32 3 33 12* 8.25 37 89.19 0 0 3 0 8 0
2023 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022 2 0 2 2 2.00 2 100.00 0 0 0 0 2 0
2021 2 0 2 2 2.00 4 50.00 0 0 0 0 1 0
2020 13 2 27 12* 27.00 27 100.00 0 0 3 0 2 0
2019 13 1 2 2 2.00 4 50.00 0 0 0 0 3 0
  • Bowling
YEAR MAT BALLS RUNS WKTS BBM AVE ECON SR 4W 5W
Career 32 658 974 23 3/40 42.35 8.88 28.61 0 0
2023 2 36 74 3 3/40 24.67 12.33 12.00 0 0
2022 2 36 72 3 2/36 24.00 12.00 12.00 0 0
2021 2 24 52 0 0/25 13.00 0 0
2020 13 274 379 6 2/25 63.16 8.29 45.66 0 0
2019 13 288 397 11 2/24 36.09 8.27 26.18 0 0

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Unknown Facts of Navdeep Saini

  • Navdeep Saini’s grandfather Karam Singh Saini was a subedar and a jeep driver in the Indian army.
  • He always dreamt to become a cricketer but couldn’t afford the cricketing kit thus he started to practice the game with tennis balls.
  • Saini was being paid ₹ 200 per match in local tournaments.
  • He has a wolf tattoo on his left arm.

Navdeep Saini Social Media

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