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Nitish Kumar Reddy, the promising all-rounder,


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In 2018, Nitish Kumar Reddy was recognized as the most promising player in the country by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Six years later, he appears to be living up to that promise. On Friday, at the BKC Ground in Mumbai, the 20-year-old all-rounder ran hard, bent his back, and bowled with a lot of discipline. The rewards for his persistence and hard work were three wickets, including internationals Ajinkya Rahane and Shreyas Iyer.

 

Reddy had over 25 wickets last season, and this season he already has five. Starting out as a batting all-rounder - in one under-16 season, he had over 1200 runs, including a triple century against Tamil Nadu, a quadruple century against Nagaland, and a 190 against Hyderabad - Reddy could be the fast-bowling all-rounder India are known to be perennially in search of.

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In the 2017-18 Vijay Merchant Trophy his bat did the talking. Opening for Andhra, he began the tournament with a triple-century and backed it up with two centuries and two fifties in the following rounds.

 

He followed it up with a blistering 441 against Nagaland, the quadruple ton coming off just 345 deliveries in Rajkot. He notched up 1237 runs from eight innings at an average of 176.41 — the highest recorded tally ever in the tournament.

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Nitish has gone on to add more layers to his cricket. From a batting phenomenon, he has developed his innate seam bowling ability. A sustained focus on bowling over the last three years has ensured Nitish has developed the ability to open the bowling for Andhra, too.  

 

Opening the batting and bowling is no mean feat at any level and is bound to take a toll. Nitish’s wiry body began to bear the brunt and his love for the ball deteriorated in the 2018 and 2019 seasons when he represented several U-19 sides, including the Indian team.

 

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Remember watching during the u19 challenger trophy in Jaiswal's batch. Would open the bowling and bat in the top 4-5 IIRC. Was very highly rated by everyone. 

 

He is doing very well now in Ranji, but his bowling should improve as years go on. Just 20 yo

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14 minutes ago, Vickydev said:

Remember watching during the u19 challenger trophy in Jaiswal's batch. Would open the bowling and bat in the top 4-5 IIRC. Was very highly rated by everyone. 

 

He is doing very well now in Ranji, but his bowling should improve as years go on. Just 20 yo

he is a trundler with ball. and his FC batting has been poor. does seem to be a good choice for LOIs

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