Full name Jigar Kumar Hakumatrai Naik
Born August 10, 1984, Leicester
Current age 31 years 23 days
Major teams Colombo Cricket Club, Leicestershire, Leicestershire 2nd XI, Leicestershire Cricket Board, Loughborough UCCE
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|First-class debut||Leicestershire v West Indies A at Leicester, Jul 26-28, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Gloucestershire v Leicestershire at Cheltenham, Jul 15-18, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||2003|
|Last List A||Lancashire v Leicestershire at Manchester, Aug 21, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Nottinghamshire v Leicestershire at Nottingham, Jun 19, 2008 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Northamptonshire v Leicestershire at Northampton, Jul 12, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1/45, 8||Leics 2nd XI||v Notts 2nd XI||Nottingham||12 Aug 2015||Other|
|1/32||Leics 2nd XI||v Lancs 2nd XI||Leicester||28 Jul 2015||Other OD|
|0/34, 10, 0/44, 0||Leics||v Gloucs||Cheltenham||15 Jul 2015||FC|
|-||Leics||v Northants||Northampton||12 Jul 2015||T20|
|0/15, 4*||Leics||v Lancashire||Leicester||10 Jul 2015||T20|
|1/26||Leics||v Warwickshire||Leicester||4 Jul 2015||T20|
|1/26, 4||Leics||v Durham||Chester-le-Street||3 Jul 2015||T20|
|0/14||Leics||v Yorkshire||Leicester||26 Jun 2015||T20|
|1/48, 2, 0/41, 6||Leics||v Glamorgan||Cardiff||22 Jun 2015||FC|
|0/34||Leics||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||19 Jun 2015||T20|
When Jigar Naik made his debut in 2006 he became the first Leicester-born Asian to represent the county. His offspin soon gained respect, with an ability to get the ball to hurry through off the pitch as well as bounce and turn on favourable surfaces.
Naik progressed from club sides Kibworth and Billesdon to Leicestershire Second XI and also played at Loughborough University. His breakthrough year was 2010, when he finished top of the national bowling averages after claiming 35 first-class wickets at an average of 17.59, including a career-best 7 for 96 against Surrey at the Oval. Naik and Claude Henderson took 87 Championship wickets between them.
He was Leicestershire's leading first-class wicket-taker in 2011 with 49 wickets at 31.18 and was rewarded with selection for the ECB's England Performance Programme, which enabled him to spend time in Sri Lanka. Injuries and unfavourable conditions limited his involvement in Leicestershire's 2012 Championship campaign and he also had bad luck in 2013 he dislocated his shoulder during a T20 victory against Nottinghamshire, so missing the chance to make good a promising start to the season by bowling in one of the driest summers for years. Leicestershire had seen enough to award him a fully-deserved county cap and their director of cricket Phil Whitticase even proposed him as a replacement for Grane Swann but form deserted him throughout 2014 as he took only 20 Division Two wickets at 76 apiece.
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