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  • Writer's pictureSaurabh Nagpal

‘This is still my first innings, the second innings will be when I leave cricket’: Siddarth Kaul


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This article was written for and published by on June 6, 2021.


A gritty fast-bowler from Pathankot, Punjab, who relishes bowling yorkers and bouncers, does not back away from a challenge, likes to be in the face of the batter, and “knows when is the right time to take out aggression on the field”, naturally Siddarth Kaul’s on-field display created a certain image of him in my mind which was altered once my phone interview with him ended. The sense of gratitude in his answers and his polite, humble manner of responding to my questions impressed me and described him.

“First of all, I’d like to say that it’s a really great thing to be playing for the Punjab Ranji Trophy team,” is how he began. There is no speck of a doubt that the Punjab team reciprocates this feeling of gratefulness, such has been Kaul’s service to the state team over the decade. He is the third-most successful bowler for Punjab in Ranji Trophy — with 207 wickets in 53 matches.

Overall, in all three formats, Kaul boasts of an impressive turnover. In 63 first-class games, he has grabbed 232 wickets at a notable average of 25.64. In white-ball cricket, he has 169 dismissals from 95 matches, averaging 24.09 per wicket, while in 114 T20s, the 31-year-old has nabbed 133 wickets, 54 of them taken in the IPL from 49 appearances for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Delhi Daredevils combined....



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