|Kumar Kartikeya Quick Info
|5 ft 9 in
|Date of Birth
|December 26, 1997
Kumar Kartikeya is an Indian professional cricketer who has represented Madhya Pradesh (2018-19-Present) in all 3 formats of the sport in the Indian domestic circuit, as a frontline spin bowler. In the IPL (Indian Premier League), he has turned out for the Mumbai Indians (2022-Present).
Kumar Kartikeya Singh
Kuwasi, Baldirai, Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
He splits his time between Madhya Pradesh, India, and Uttar Pradesh, India.
- Father – Shayam Nath Singh (Constable in the Pradeshik Armed Constabulary, a department of police in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh)
- Mother – Sunita Singh
He is represented by Abbot Media, Social Media & Talent Management Agency, Dewas, Madhya Pradesh, India.
Slow Left-Arm Orthodox, Left-Arm Wrist Spin
26 – Mumbai Indians
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
72 kg or 158.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
- Toned physique
- Side-cropped hair
- Affable smile
- Sports a thick beard
Kumar Kartikeya Facts
- His passion for cricket meant that at the age of 15 he had left his native state of Uttar Pradesh and moved to Delhi. He had joined renowned cricket coach Sanjay Bharadwaj’s academy there and taught himself wrist-spin, arguably the most difficult skill in cricket. He had left home after promising his family that he would not let his passion for cricket add to the financial burden on his father.
- In Delhi, to pay for his food and lodging, he used to work as a laborer in a factory in Masuri, a village that is about 80 km away from the academy. He found shared accommodation near the factory and used to work in the factory all night before making it to the academy in the morning. He would often have to walk miles to save just INR 10 to buy a pack of biscuits.
- When his coach, Sanjay Bharadwaj, came to know about this, he offered to let him share the on-site accommodation he had for the academy’s cook. When the cook gave him his lunch on his first day there, Kartikeya began crying stating that he had not eaten lunch for a year.
- With his performances on the local circuit, he soon began knocking on the doors of the Delhi senior team. However, after repeated rejections, Sanjay advised Kartikeya to try and join the senior state team of Madhya Pradesh. In the state trial matches, he bagged 5-wicket hauls in every match and soon managed to break into the senior state team, across formats.
- In the 2021-22 season of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (the premier domestic T20 cricket competition in India), he was the joint 2nd-highest wicket-taker for Madhya Pradesh with 5 wickets in as many games at an excellent economy rate of 5.05.
- At the 2022 IPL (Indian Premier League) mega auction, he was unsold. However, midway through the tournament, in April 2022, the Mumbai Indians had named him as Arshad Khan‘s replacement for the rest of the season after he was ruled out due to an injury. He was signed up at his base price of INR 20 lakhs (approximately USD 26k).
- On April 30, 2022, he made his IPL debut against the Rajasthan Royals and made an immediate impact. His miserly spell of 1/19 had helped the Mumbai Indians restrict the Rajasthan Royals to 158/6, a target that was chased down with 5 wickets and 4 balls to spare. This was the Mumbai Indians‘ first win of the season after 8 successive losses, the worst start by a team in any season of the IPL.
- Just before the game, he had called his father and informed him that he would be making his IPL debut that night. His father had then arranged for a projector so that he could watch the match on a wide screen with his battalion’s colleagues.
- He had also informed his father that he would be returning to their family home in Uttar Pradesh, for the first time in 9 years, in June 2022, after participating in the knockout stage of the 2021-22 season of the Ranji Trophy (the premier domestic first-class cricket competition in India).
- He would be turning out for Madhya Pradesh in their quarter-final match against Punjab, slated for June 6-9, 2022. Until the preliminary stage of the competition, which was completed just before the start of the IPL season, in March 2022, he was the joint-highest wicket-taker for Madhya Pradesh (12 wickets).
- He loves listening to Punjabi-language songs.
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