- Batsman, Wicket Keeper
- Batting style
- Right Hand Bat
- Fielding position
- Current Team
- Indian Premier League 2016
- November 9, 1994
The young wicketkeeper batsman from Maharashtra, is one of the promising additions to the Kings XI Punjab line-up. Nikhil Naik is yet to make his First-class debut, but boasts of some a healthy average in the List A circuit with three half centuries and a top score of 78. He will turn out for Kings XI Punjab in Vivo IPL 2016 and will be looking to make a mark if and when he gets an opportunity.
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.
Indian Premier League 2016