PBKS vs SRH: Who is Nitish Reddy? 20 year old player scored first half century in Mullanpur Blitz


PBKS vs SRH, IPL 2024: 20-year-old Nitish Kumar Reddy scored his maiden half-century in T20 cricket in his fourth appearance for Sunrisers. The Andhra batsman scored 64 runs in 37 balls, which included 5 sixes, in a sensational rescue act in Mullanpur on Tuesday.

in short

  • Nitish Kumar Reddy scored his first T20 half-century in his fourth IPL match.
  • Nitish hit 5 sixes in his innings of 64 runs in 37 balls against PBKS in Mullanpur.
  • Nitish had a great Ranji Trophy season with Andhra

20-year-old Nitish Kumar Reddy scored his maiden T20 half-century in his fourth Indian Premier League match as he repaid the faith shown in him by Sunrisers with a sensational rescue act against Punjab in Mullanpur on Tuesday. On a day when big names including Travis Head, Heinrich Klaasen and Aiden Markram failed to step up, the young all-rounder from Visakhapatnam tore apart Punjab’s bowling unit, scoring a half-century off 32 balls to announce his arrival on the big stage.

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Nitish Kumar Reddy surprised the world with his hook shot against Kagiso Rabada, who was on fire after getting the chance to bowl with the new ball.

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Nitish came to bat at number four ahead of players like Heinrich Klaasen and impact player Rahul Tripathi. Punjab’s score was 64 for 4 in the 10th over when Arshdeep Singh, Sam Curran and Harshal Patel shocked the top order and dismissed the big names cheapl

However, assessing the conditions of the newly constructed stadium, Nitish Kumar Reddy made a slow start. He was 11 off 14 and then 14 off 17 before sending in left-arm spinner Harpreet Brar in the 11th over. Nitish hit fours and sixes on consecutive balls. In the very next over, Nitish hit a surprising shot against Rabada. The carnage didn’t stop there as he tore apart Sam Curran. It was in the 15th over when Nitish displayed his range and hit 2 sixes and as many fours against Brar, taking the left-arm spinner to 21 runs in the over.

Nitish completed his first T20 half-century by hitting a six. The 20-year-old all-rounder, who has been in good form for Andhra in domestic cricket, scored 64 runs in 37 balls before being dismissed in the 17th over and became Arshdeep Singh’s fourth victim on Tuesday.

Nitish had performed well in the Super Kings’ win against Chennai in Hyderabad. He came in to bat at number 6 and scored 14 runs in just 8 balls, hitting a six and a four in SRH’s successful chase of 166 runs.

Who is Nitish Kumar Reddy?

India’s Test expert Hanuma Vihari had said in his social media post last week that Nitish has all the capabilities to become a superstar in cricket. Nitish has been playing with Hanuma for Andhra in domestic cricket.

Nitish had played only 8 T20s before Tuesday, including 2 IPL matches of 2023, in which he did not get a chance to bat.

Nitish considers Hardik Pandya and Ben Stokes as his ideals. According to ESPN Cricinfo, after beginning his career bowling and batting in age-group cricket, Nitish decided to bat lower down the order when he stepped into senior level cricket.

Nitish Kumar Reddy scored 366 runs in 7 matches for Andhra in Ranji Trophy, scoring one century and one half-century.

Nitish Kumar Reddy, who plays for India B at Under-19 level, has played 17 first-class matches, scoring 566 runs, and 22 List A games, scoring 403 runs at an average of 36.63.


Nitish was bought by SRH in the IPL 2023 auction at his base price of Rs 20 lakh.

One of Nitish’s most notable achievements is his performance in the Ranji Trophy, where he played primarily as a bowling all-rounder and made significant contributions with both bat and ball. In the 2023 season, Nitish took 25 wickets at an average of 18.76 and scored 366 runs at an average of 36.60.

Nitish Kumar Reddy did not miss the opportunity to click a picture with his idol Virat Kohli in his debut season in the IPL. He described his meeting with the RCB star as an ‘unforgettable moment of his life’.

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