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Nikhil Naik
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Nikhil Naik

India|Wicketkeeper batter
Nikhil Naik

Full Name

Nikhil Shankar Naik

Born

November 09, 1994, Savantwadi, Maharashtra

Age

26y 227d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Fielding Position

Wicketkeeper

Playing Role

Wicketkeeper batter

TEAMS

An attacking wicketkeeper-batsman, Nikhil Naik was a product of age-group cricket in Maharashtra. Naik's journey to cricket, though, was far from easy. He lost his mother to paralysis in 2010, when still a teenager, and his father, a fish vendor, used to borrow money from his friends to pay for Naik's kits.

After having led the Under-16 and Under-19 state sides to national titles, Naik made his List-A debut at 19 for Maharashtra, against Gujarat in the 2014 Vijay Hazare Trophy. He was one of the finds of the tournament, scoring 234 runs in four matches at 58.50.

His big hitting caught the eyes of Mumbai Indians with whom he trialled, but an IPL contract did not materialise. It did the following year when Kings XI Punjab bought him for INR 30 lakh. He was retained by the franchise in 2015 ahead of the 20-over Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in which he scored 196 runs in five matches at 39.20.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
FC120331.502313.04000020
List A292636907830.0072095.83054826305
T2055471492195*27.90721127.73066142298
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
FC1------------
List A29------------
T2055------------

Recent Matches - Player

Photos


Abhishek Nayar passes on some tips to Nikhil Naik
Nitish Rana plays to the leg side as Nikhil Naik looks on during a Knight Riders intra-squad game
Nikhil Naik bats at the KKR nets
Nikhil Naik missed a yorker from Jasprit Bumrah
Nikhil Naik