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IND vs ENG: Who is Akash Deep? Latest Pacer from Bengal to be Handed Test Debut – News18

Last Updated: February 23, 2024, 09:44 IST

Akash Deep – India’s 313th Test cricketer (X/BCCI)

Akash Deep, who’s been a consistent performer for Bengal and India ‘A’ in the red-ball format, was handed his maiden Test cap by head coach Rahul Dravid.

Akash Deep became the 313th Test cricketer as he was handed his debut cap ahead of the fourth Test of the five-match series at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi. The 27-year-old replaced Jasprit Bumrah, who is being rested to manage his workload in the playing XI and was handed his maiden Test cap by head coach Rahul Dravid.

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Akash, son of a school teacher, was born on 15 December, 1996 in the town of Dehri in Bihar’s Rohtas district. Just his fellow Bengal pacers, Mohammed Shami and Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep isn’t originally from that state. He moved to Bengal in 2010.

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The Bengal pacer had got his maiden Test call-up for the last three Tests as the selectors decided to pick him in place of Avesh Khan. In fact, Akash Deep has already got call-up in India limited overs squads in the past – Asian Games (T20Is) and South Africa tour (ODIs).

The 27-year-old paceman from Bengal impressed the team management with his performance for India A side in the three unofficial Tests against England Lions.

He was the leading wicket-taker for India A in the series with 13 scalps in the three matches he played. He also claimed a couple of four-fers.

Akaash Deep plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL as he was bought by the franchise in 2022 for INR 20 Lakh. He has played 7 IPL matches thus far in which he claimed 6 wickets. The 27-year-old is yet to prove his mettle in IPL and the India call-up will surely boost his confidence for next season of cash-rich league.

He made his First Class debut in 2019 and has claimed 103 wickets in 29 matches thus far. He has been a consistent performer with the ball for Bengal, meanwhile, he is also a handy batter lower down the order. The 27-year-old can hit the ball a long way as he has smashed 32 sixes and 27 fours in first class. Meanwhile, in 28 List A games he claimed 42 wickets at an average of 24.50.

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