Saurabh Kumar, the talented left-arm spinner from Uttar Pradesh, has earned a national call-up for the 2nd Test against England, replacing the unfortunate Ravindra Jadeja, who had to withdraw due to injury. This 30-year-old cricketer has previously been part of the squad during the India tour of Bangladesh in 2022 but didn’t get a chance to make his international debut.
Saurabh Kumar Cricketing Profile
Saurabh Kumar is known for his slow left-arm orthodox bowling and also contributes with the bat in the lower order as a left-handed batsman. He has represented teams like Uttar Pradesh and Services in the Ranji Trophy, showcasing his all-around skills on the cricket field.
Impressive Performance Leading to National Selection
In a recent match between India A and England Lions, Saurabh Kumar grabbed attention by taking a notable five-wicket haul (5/104), proving his mettle at the right time. This stellar performance has earned him a well-deserved spot in the national Test squad.
Saurabh Kumar Career Statistics
Saurabh Kumar boasts impressive numbers in first-class cricket, having taken 290 wickets in 68 matches (117 innings). Additionally, he has 49 wickets in List A cricket and 24 wickets in T20 cricket. With 22 five-wicket hauls in his first-class career, Saurabh Kumar has consistently delivered strong performances.
One of the standout moments in Saurabh Kumar’s career includes his remarkable performance against Saurashtra in the 2019/20 Ranji Trophy, where he recorded figures of 4/85 and 6/55, while also contributing with the bat, scoring 39 runs.
His best bowling figures of 8/64 came in the 2023 Duleep Trophy Quarter-final match against East Zone, showcasing his ability to perform under pressure.
Leading Wicket-Taker for Uttar Pradesh
Saurabh has been a crucial asset for Uttar Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy, finishing as the leading wicket-taker in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons. His consistent performances, including a 14-wicket haul in a Test match against Haryana in December 2018, have made him a reliable option for the team.
In the recently concluded Ranji Trophy matches against Bihar in January 2024, Saurabh continued to impress with bowling figures of 4/46. His ability to consistently pick up wickets has caught the attention of the team management, leading to his inclusion in the Test squad against England.
Saurabh’s journey in Indian cricket is a testament to his skill, determination, and the impact he can make on the international stage. As he prepares for his potential debut, cricket enthusiasts eagerly await to see him shine in the Indian colors.