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Darshan Nalkande

Darshan Nalkande Profile, Biography, Carrer


Darshan Nalkande is an emerging cricketer and for now, he is playing domestic cricket for Vidarbha. The team plays and participates in domestic matches of Ranji Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy. He is an All-rounder.

He was born on 4th October 1998 which makes him age 22 today. He was born in Wardha, Maharashtra, India. His zodiac sign is Libra and, in his siblings, he has one elder sister and a brother which goes by the name of Gaurav Nalkande.

His Father Girish Nalkande is an ordinary businessman while his mother Sapna Nalkande is an advocate.

Physical Appearance

His eye color is Black and is his hair color. In height he goes by in centimeters- 173cm (about twice the length of a baseball bat), in meters- 173m (about twice the height of the Statue of Liberty), in feet and inches- 5’7”

Relationship status

For now, the new chocolate boy of ladies Darshan Nalkande is single. He is not dating anyone and there is no information about his earlier relationships too.

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Favorite Actor

His favorite Actor like the rest of the many Indians is none other than Ranveer Singh.

Domestic Cricket Career

Since he is the new emerging cricketer and being an all-rounder is getting him a lot of appreciation. During the Under- 19, Cooch Behar Trophy helped them win the series. Darshan Nalkande took four wickets in the first innings.

He was bought by Kings XI Punjab for Rs. 30 lakhs during the player auction in the year 2018 for the 2019 Indian Premier League. Again, he was chosen by KXIP for the next Indian Premier League which goes back in 2020.

Darshan made his debut for List A cricket in 2019-19 for Vijay Hazard Trophy on 2 October the same year. In his first-class cricket (2018-19) Ranji Trophy for Vidarbha happened on 1 November 2018. Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy win was debut or marked as his Twenty20 trophy.

There he gave a fantastic job he took 16 wickets becoming the second-highest wicket-taker for the trophy.

Darshan Nalkande in terms of first-class cricket does not have enough experience one reason because he played very few matches even in List A matches.

His performance or he got recognition when he won Vijay Hazare Trophy and Ranji Trophy eventually he got to be part of KXIP team.

The KXIP team coach Prasanna Argoram noted him for his stunning performance, he then believed in Darshan that he can do well in both bowling and batting.

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Darshan Nalkande’s Batting Statistics 

First-class format: He played three matches, five innings, and scored 74 runs with an average of 18.5 the strike rate of 80.4. 

List-A Cricket:  Darshan Nalkande played 11 matches, eight innings, and scored 166 runs with the highest score of 53 (not out). His average in the List-A format is 27.7 and he has a strike rate of 116.1.

T20 format: Darshan has played 14 T20 matches so far and has scored 65 runs with an average of 7.2 strike rate of 83.3. His highest in T20 is 21. 

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Darshan Nalkande’s Bowling Statistics 

First-class format: He has played three matches in first-class cricket and took one wicket. His best in first-class format 1/62. 

List-A format: He played 11 matches, took 20 wickets with an average of 23.0 and an economy rate of 5.28. His best in the list “a” format is 4/25. 

T20 format: He took 30 wickets in 14 matches with an economy rate of 7.97, in T20 format.

Darshan’s Best Destructive Spell

Darshan Nalkande of Vidarbha bowled 4/25 to dismiss Haryana for a paltry 83 runs in the Vijay Hazare Trophy match at Vadodara on Tuesday.

Haryana lost their first wicket on the first ball of the Elite Group B match, though Nalkande, who plays for Kings XI Punjab in the VIVO Indian Premier League, struck on his second ball in the next over to dismiss Chaitanya Bishnoi. 

In the eighth over, he dismissed Ankit Kumar and Sumit Kumar in four balls, and then trapped Jayant Yadav in front in the tenth, as Haryana started to collapse with the score at 30/6 and Nalkande’s spell reading 4/12. 

Haryana had crawled to 83 in the 31st over before being fired down because of the beautiful bowling spell of Darshan Nalkande. Nalkande’s bowling figures were his best in List A cricket by the end, as he posted his first four-wicket haul in just his fourth domestic One Day match.

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Darshan Nalkande’s Struggle in The Field

Darshan Nalkande recalls playing cricket at home with his older brother, who represented Vidarbha at the U-16 level. They usually played cricket in the local gullies or anywhere they could find space. However, this initiation piqued his interest in the game to such an extent that the youngster decided to make cricket his career and future.

Darshan Nalkande has only played a few games in domestic cricket, having only recently made his first-class debut with Vidarbha, the former Ranji Trophy champions. However, this was enough for Punjab Kings to sign him at the player auctions for INR 30 lakhs. 

Even though he is better known for his bowling abilities, he made an immediate impact on his Vijay Hazare Trophy debut, scoring an unbeaten 56 from just 30 balls to lead Vidarbha to an unlikely victory over Maharashtra.

Despite not appearing in any games during the 2019 and 2020 seasons, PBKS retained him ahead of the 2021 IPL auction.

Playing the IPL Match for Kings

Darshan’s chances of making the squad of King’s playing eleven are near to none. If Punjab makes it to the playoffs early in the season, he could get a chance to play maybe.

Another scenario emerges as a light for Darshan if KL Rahul tries to improve his medium-pacer bowling department. Darshan, on the other hand, is unquestionably Punjab’s future even if he is not provided a chance to play in the team so far.

He is going to get a chance to prove his talent very soon in the future hopefully as the emerging player has become immensely high in demand after his statistics are observed. The boy is hardworking and knows the tricks of a good game, and this is what most franchises look for. 

Social Status

Darshan Nalkande is known as an introverted person. He does not engage much or interact with social parties or any social gathering stuff he avoids going in them. It is believed he has few friendships even with his fellow cricketers.

According to his coach, he told in one interview that there was once a success party and Darshan refused to be in there though the players wanted to celebrate with him. If to be reported then according to speculations Darshan left the party without informing anyone. 

Darshan is close to his mother she told he likes to stay at home whenever he is not practicing and when he is done with his exercise, training.

At home, Darshan likes to spend his time in his room playing video games other times he spends most of his free time with his family. He is reported to be close with his siblings a lot.

He teases Gaurav but loves sharing his personal life with his elder sister. Because of his introverted nature, Darshan Nalkande is not reported to have any girlfriends in the past. He knows and gets this he is complicated to understand but that is how he is. 

Being in cricket is because of his passion, he faces a challenging time due to his nature of not meeting with people. He is extremely shy when it comes to receiving compliments or socializing with others.

He does not know how to handle the social network around him as well. Sometimes, he gets so shy that he forgets he needs to give a reply. Darshan understands that he is more comfortable with staying quiet, and even on the practice, he focuses completely on his batting- bowling practice.

Achievements of Darshan Nalkande

  • In November 2017, the bowler was selected for the India U-19 team for the Asia Cup, where he scored 38 runs and took three wickets in two games for his nation.  
  • “When I returned from the Asia Cup, I took the train to Akola and was shocked to find the station packed with people waiting to greet me. I was overjoyed to see so many people there, with some even wearing garlands. My parents were really interested in getting a dhol-Baja, and I had to stop them.”, recalled Darshan in an interview. 
  • In the player auction for the 2019 Indian Premier League, he was purchased by Kings XI Punjab in December 2018. 
  • On February 21, 2019, he made his Twenty20 debut for Vidarbha in the 2018–19 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. 
  • On 2 October 2018, he made his List A debut for Vidarbha in the 2018–19 Vijay Hazare Trophy. 
  • On November 1, 2018, he made his first-class debut for Vidarbha in the 2018–19 Ranji Trophy.

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