Aged 27 Siddhesh Lad is a right-hand batsman who plays domestic cricket for Mumbai. Occasionally he is a right arm break off bowler. In 2015, he was originally selected to play for Mumbai Indians and was brought by the team in the IPL auction of 2018. He made his debut playing for the Mumbai Indians in the 12th edition of IPL in 2019 against Kings XI Punjab.
Born in 1992 to parents Dinesh and Deepali Lad in Mumbai, Siddhesh Lad plays domestic cricket for the Mumbai team. His father, Dinesh Lad is a coach who has mainly coached players from Mumbai, including famous Indian international hitman Rohit Sharma. Under his father’s influence, he started playing cricket at a young age. He has had a successful run in playing for his school team after which he went on to captain the Western Wolves team for the University Cricket Championship.
DEBUT OF SIDDHESH LAD
While playing for team Mumbai, he mainly plays a lower middle-order batsman. Among his teammates, he is often known as “Crisis-Man” owing to his match-saving talents in a crisis. Cricketer Siddhesh Dinesh Lad made his debut on 17th February 2013, while playing in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Siddhesh Lad’s batting made an instant impact playing against Saurashtra as he went on to score a 100. His innings of 115 runs were studded with 6 sixes at a strike rate of 126.37. In the 2012-13 domestic cricket season, he played three A list matches and scored a total of 180 runs at a steady average of 90. His Ranji Trophy debut came in November of the same year.
Siddhesh Lad’s stats have always been impressive as he showed class in the second game, he played in the Ranji trophy. He went on to score 74 an 85 in the match against strong opposition bowlers.
RISE TO FAME
Lad’s popularity began to increase in the 2014-15 domestic cricket season when he played 7 first-class matches and went on to score 562 runs at an average of 42.23. In the 2015-16 season, he showed consistency in his batting form by scoring 817 runs from just 12 matches.
His moment of glory came during the final of the 2015-16 Ranji Trophy season. His knock of 88 from 101 balls against Saurashtra brought his team back from the threshold of defeat.
In the most recent season of Ranji Trophy, he hasn’t failed to impress with his game. With a score of 635 runs from 7 matches at an average of 59.27 shows how well he performs with the bat. He averted crisis again in the 500th game for Mumbai against Badora when he scored 71 from a long innings of 238 balls. Though Mumbai didn’t win the match, he managed to draw the game. In the 39 first-class games he has played for Mumbai he has scored 2.767 runs at an average of 43.23. In List-A matches he has amassed 404 runs at an average of 33.66.
Mumbai Indians acquired Lad in 2015, but due to already having specialist T20 players he did not find a place in the playing eleven. Although in the 2018 IPL auction he was purchased by Mumbai Indians again for his base price of Rs. 20 Lakhs.
Lad played his debut IPL match on 10th April 2019, the 12th edition of IPL. He replaced the Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma. On the very first ball that he faced he hit for a six. He scored 15 runs from 13 balls in his debut match before being dismissed.
At the 2019 IPL auction on 19th December, he was traded to Kolkata Knight Riders. In the upcoming season, he will play for Kolkata Knight Riders.