Teams Played For
Rajasthan, India U19 A, India U19, India A, Kings XI Punjab
Ravi Bishnoi is a talented leg-spinner who predominantly plays for Rajasthan in the domestic circuit and now for the Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Born and brought up in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, Bishnoi with the help of a few of his friends and two coaches, built a cricket academy so that he could train properly as Jodhpur had very little cricket culture and facilities.
Bishnoi made his List-A debut in 2019 and some impressive performances caught the eyes of selectors. The wrist-spinner was selected to be a part of India’s U19 World Cup squad in 2020. Bishnoi had an excellent tournament as the leggie finished the tournament with 17 wickets in just 6 games as the Indian team finished runners-up.
In India’s World Cup match against Japan, Bishnoi scalped 4 wickets for 5 runs in 8 overs, with India winning that match by 10 wickets, and he was declared the ‘Man of the Match’.
Leg spinners, due to the variety they possess, are always a huge attraction in the IPL, and this was also the case with Bishnoi as he was bought by Punjab Kings for INR 2 crores. Prior to his selection in the IPL, Bishnoi worked as a net bowler for Rajasthan Royals in 2018.
Bishnoi made his IPL debut against the Delhi Capitals in September 2020 and picked up Rishabh Pant as his first IPL scalp. He finished the tournament with 12 wickets in 14 matches and was nominated for the ‘Emerging Players’ award.
Bishnoi is a promising youngster who has all the tools to be a successful leg spinner for India. The young prodigy still has a lot to learn and with mentors like Anil Kumble around him, he will learn the art of leg-spin pretty quickly.
Ravi Bishnoi is a big match player and his performances in the Under-19 World Cup has shown that he has the skills and the temperament to make a name for himself at the international level. It’s up to the BCCI to nurture youngsters like Bishnoi and groom them for the future.
(As of March 2021)