|Full name||Kumar Kartikeya Singh Deccan Herald|
|Known for||Being a replacement of Arshad Khan in Mumbai Indians for the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL)|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 6”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 60 kg
in pounds- 132 lbs
|Body Measurements (approx.)||- Chest: 40 Inches
- Waist: 32 Inches
- Biceps: 12 Inches
|International Debut||ODI- 26 September 2018 vs Saurashtra at Delhi
T20- 2 March 2019 vs Sikkim at Indore
|Domestic/State Team||Madhya Pradesh|
|Batting Style||Right hand Bat|
|Bowling Style||Slow Left arm Orthodox, Left arm Wrist spin|
|Date of Birth||26 December 1997 (Friday)|
|Age (as of 2022)||25 Years|
|Birthplace||Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh|
|Hometown||Kuwasi, Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India|
|Relationships & More|
|Parents||Father- Shyam Nath Singh (police officer)
Mother- Sunita Singh (homemaker)
|Siblings||He has one brother.
Some Lesser Known Facts About Kumar Kartikeya
- Kumar Kartikeya is an Indian cricketer who is known for being the replacement of Arshad Khan in Mumbai Indians for the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL).
- In an interview, Kartikeya said that his cricket journey started when he was a child and saw his father’s smile while watching a cricket match. At that time, he thought if cricket made his father happy, he would also play cricket professionally. Kumar’s father is a police official. In an interview, he revealed that to watch Kumar’s debut match, his battalion had installed a projector in the police station, and when Kumar took his first wicket in the IPL match against Rajasthan Royals, all his father’s colleagues hugged him and started clapping.
- At the age of fifteen, he came to Delhi and enrolled himself in a cricket academy. During his initial days in Delhi, he worked as a labourer in a factory near Ghaziabad that was 80 km away from the academy. He used to work there all night and save ten rupees by walking back to his home so that he could afford a packet of biscuits.
- One day, his coach, Sanjay Bhardwaj, saw him bowling in the academy and asked him to stay with him in Delhi. He ensured him to take full responsibility for Kartikeya. In an interview, his coach said that Kartikeya had not eaten lunch for a year and when the cook in the academy served him lunch, he started crying. In an interview, he talked about his coach and said,
Sir has taken care of me like I’m his own son. I stayed with him for six years. He took care of every single cricketing expense. I was playing in Delhi at that time. I performed too, but in the trials, I didn’t get selected. Then sir told me, ‘You should go to Madhya Pradesh’. I reached Shahdol and played trial matches and practice matches there, and for the first time, I got selected in the Under-23 side, as a standby.”
- Kartikeya practised a lot in Delhi, but he was not selected for any team. His coach advised him to go to Madhya Pradesh and play there. So, he went to Gandhi Stadium in Shahdol and after his performance in division cricket, he got a chance to play in the Ranji trophy for Madhya Pradesh.
- When he started playing cricket, he was a left-arm orthodox spinner, but later, he learned wrist spin and continued to bowl wrist spin. In 2016, he became the man of the match in a club match between LB Shastri Club and ONGC.
- He made his debut with the 2018–19 Vijay Hazare Trophy on 26 September 2018 in which he played for Madhya Pradesh.
- On 28 November 2018, he played for Madhya Pradesh in the 2018–19 Ranji Trophy.
- On 2 March 2019, he made his Twenty20 debut for Madhya Pradesh in the 2018–19 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
- In April 2022, the Mumbai Indians chose him as a replacement for Arshad Khan for the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) because of Khan’s injury. In an interview, Mumbai Indians talked about Kartikeya and said,
Kartikeya is a slow left-arm bowler and has represented MP across all three formats of the game since making his debut in 2018. Kumar Kartikeya has been impressive in the nets and his learning trajectory on improving and fine-tuning his bowling skills have earned him the call up to the main squad.”
- After an IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, Kumar received a ball signed by MS Dhoni as a present.
- After Mumbai Indians won, franchise owner Nita Ambani talked to Kumar in the dressing room and said,
Bohot Aache khele aap (You played really well.) May you continue to shine like this.”
- In an interview, he said that he had not visited his home for nine years. He said,
I haven’t been home for 9 years. I’d decided to return home only when I achieve something in life. My mom and dad called me frequently, but I was committed. Now finally I’ll return home after the IPLB.”