Indian Navdeep Saini wins five wickets on County Championship debut for Kent

Days after becoming the fifth Indian player to sign a contract to play in the County Championship this year, Navdeep Saini made headlines on his competitive debut for Kent, coming back 5-72 against Warwickshire on Wednesday. With Saini’s recent exploits, the Indians continue to shine in England.

There were five Indians — Cheteshwar pujara, Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Umesh Yadav, and Navdeep Saini – who have signed deals with various county clubs this season. Saini, who is due to play two more County Championship games and five Royal London Cup games, was the latest of them. The Indian speedster made his debut in Kent Cricket Club’s current game against Warwickshire but like many of his teammates, especially Pujara, he immediately impressed everyone.

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After being folded for 165 in the opening innings, Sam Billings led Kent needed someone from the bowling unit to inspire. Then Saini became the man they were looking for as the 29-year-old completed a five-wicket run to help his side out Warwickshire for 225. He returned the numbers of 18-4-72-5, and in the process, he fired Chris Benjamin (7 from 21 balls), Dan Mousley (0 from 5 balls), Michael Burgess (0 from 10 balls), Henry Brookes (6 from 29 balls) and Craig Miles (5 from 19 balls ). At the stumps, Kent hit 198/4 in the second set, leading Warwickshire by 138 runs.

Similar to Saini, Sundar also took five wickets on his county cricket debut for Lancashire. While Pujara, who is currently captain of Sussex for the first time, hit a magnificent double hundred – his third in seven outings with the club.

Here are Saini’s five wickets shared by Kent Cricket on social media:

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