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Who is Kuldeep Sen, latest pace sensation from Rajasthan who defended 15 against Marcus Stoinis?

Kuldeep Sen

Kuldeep Sen, who made his Rajasthan debut against Lucknow on April 10 shot to the limelight after successfully defending 15 runs. Sen was bowling to Marcus Stoinis in the last over of the game against Lucknow. In the preceding over, Prasidh Krishna had conceded 19 runs, with the opposition needing 34 runs in the last two overs. However, the young pacer held his nerves and conceded only 11 runs to win the game for his side by three runs.

The right-arm pacer clocked the highest speed of around 146 kmph during the game. Talking about his figures, he returned with 35/1 in four overs. The 25-year-old’s first victim in the cash-rich league was Deepak Hooda, who came into the game with some great performances in the previous games. 

During the mega auction held in February this year, the Rewa-born player was bought at his base price of 20 Lakh INR in the accelerated auction round, which was the last round of the event. Little did anyone know what kind of talent the boy possess. Not many people would have predicted that he will feature in the playing XI given the presence of pacers such as Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Navdeep Saini etc.

However, on April 10, the new pace sensation got the opportunity to play in place of Saini, who struggled in the two games he played. Sen comes from a non-cricketing background. His father, Rampal Sen, runs a small salon in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh.

Talking about his domestic career, he is fairly experienced. In FC format, he has played 16 games and has 44 scalps to his name, averaging 30.50. In T20s, the pacer has played 19 games and has 13 wickets to his name, averaging 40.76 at an economy of 8.23. 

He made his first-class debut for Madhya Pradesh against Tamil Nadu in November 2018. On the other hand, he made his T20 debut against Tripura in September 2019. He has only played five List A games so far.

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