IPL 2019: Navdeep Saini hits 150kmph, gets fans talking

The RCB picked Navdeep Saini in the 2018 auction for Rs 3 crore, but he did not get a game that season.

Navdeep Saini's pace immediately triggered a buzz on social media after RCB chose to bowl against MI.   -  AP Photo

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) pacer Navdeep Saini hit the 150kmph mark against Mumbai Indians (MI) a couple of times on Thursday, catching the imagination of cricket fans. 

The RCB picked Saini in the 2018 auction for Rs 3 crore, but he did not get a game that season. He was impressive in RCB's opening IPL match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

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Saini's pace immediately triggered a buzz on social media. He was consistently sharp, clocking 140kmph and higher.

 

It has been a long and difficult road to the top for Saini. He began his cricket journey by playing in the obscure Karnal Premier League, during which he was spotted by Delhi all-rounder Sumit Narwal.

Saini was then invited to the Delhi nets, where he impressed skipper Gautam Gambhir. At the insistence of Gambhir, Saini was included in the Delhi team, despite hailing from neighbouring Haryana.

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