Nitish Kumar (cricketer)

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Nitish Kumar
Personal information
Full nameNitish Roenik Kumar
Born (1994-05-21) 21 May 1994 (age 24)
Scarborough, Ontario
BowlingRight-arm off break
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 69)18 February 2010 v Afghanistan
Last ODI28 January 2014 v Netherlands
ODI shirt no.21
T20I debut (cap 33)13 March 2012 v Netherlands
Last T20I16 March 2013 v Kenya
Domestic team information
2015–presentLoughborough MCCU
2016–presentICC Americas
2016-presentSt Lucia Zouks
2018-presentToronto Nationals
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 16 6 15 46
Runs scored 217 97 644 1,012
Batting average 15.50 16.16 29.27 23.53
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 2/2 1/5
Top score 38 38 141 104
Balls bowled 66 622 570
Wickets 2 11 13
Bowling average 31.50 48.63 31.69
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match n/a n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 2/40 3/58 3/50
Catches/stumpings 7/– 0/– 5/– 16/–
Source: CricketArchive, 12 February 2018

Nitish Roenik Kumar (born 21 May 1994) is a Canadian cricketer who is the current captain of the Canada national cricket team. Kumar was appointed as the national mens team captain in October 2016 at the age of 22. He bats right-handed and bowls right-arm off spin. After representing the country at the 2010 Under-19 World Cup in January, Kumar made his One Day International debut the following month, becoming the second-youngest player in the history of ODIs. When Canada participated in the 2011 World Cup Kumar became the youngest player to feature in the tournament. He played his first Twenty20 International in March 2012.


On 14 August 2009 Nitish Kumar played in his maiden first-class match, debuting in the same match as teammate Jimmy Hansra. The match was part of the 2009–10 ICC Intercontinental Cup, and in the first innings against Kenya, Kumar made 12 runs before he was dismissed while in the second innings was out first ball.[1] Kumar made his One Day International debut six months later in February 2010 against Afghanistan, becoming the second youngest ODI player. In January 2010, Kumar represented Canada in the 2010 Under-19 World Cup hosted by New Zealand. The team finished in 11th place out of 16 teams.[2] Canada's participation in the 2009–10 ICC Intercontinental Cup concluded in September 2010, when they finished bottom of the seven-team group stage. Kumar played in four Cup matches, amassing 117 runs with a highest score of 74 against Afghanistan (the eventual Cup winners).[3][4]

Canada qualified for the 2011 World Cup held between February and April in Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka. The 15-man squad included five players under the age of 21 (including Kumar), all of whom had played in the Under-19 World Cup the previous year.[5] At the age of 16 years and 283 days, he became the youngest player ever to play in a World Cup when Canada lost to Zimbabwe on 28 February 2011.[6][7] As expected Canada failed to progress beyond the group stages of the tournament, but secured a victory against Kenya, the only other non-Test team in their group.[8] In July Ireland hosted the 2011 Under-19 World Cup Qualifier. Canada finished 8th out of ten teams, thereby failing to qualify for the tournament the following year.[9][10] Kumar was Canada's leading run-scorer in the qualifying tournament, and 4th overall with 370 runs including two centuries from nine matches.[11] His off-breaks also claimed eight scalps at an average of 22.87, making him Canada's 4th-highest wicket taker.[12] Canada's first match of the 2011–13 ICC Intercontinental Cup took place in August 2011.

The World Twenty20 Qualifier was held in March 2012. During Canada's opening match against the Netherlands Kumar was one of thirteen plays to make their debut in Twenty20 Internationals. He was run out for a single.[13] His second match of the tournament was more successful, and he registered his highest score in twenty20 matches (it did not have T20I status) scoring 57 runs from 44 balls to help Canada to a 6-run victory over Papua New Ginea.[14] With 172 runs from 9 matches, Kumar was Canada's second-highest run-scorer in the competition.[15]

The 2013 matches of the 2011–13 ICC Intercontinental Cup offered Kumar further first-class experience, and he bettered his highest score in two consecutive matches. The first, against Kenya in March, saw Kumar score 89 which was the largest contribution to his team's score in the first innings, though Kenya went on to win the match.[16] In August that year Kumar scored his maiden century, this time reaching 103 against the United Arab Emirates.[17]

In January 2018, he was named as the captain of Canada's squad for the 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament.[18]

On 3 June 2018, he was selected to play for the Toronto Nationals in the players' draft for the inaugural edition of the Global T20 Canada tournament.[19][20]

In September 2018, he was named as the captain of Canada's squad for the 2018–19 ICC World Twenty20 Americas Qualifier tournament.[21] He was the leading wicket-taker for Canada in the tournament, with eleven dismissals in six matches.[22]

In October 2018, he was named in Canada's squad for the 2018–19 Regional Super50 tournament in the West Indies.[23]


  1. ^ First-class matches played by Nitish Kumar, CricketArchive, retrieved 17 August 2013
  2. ^ Bangladesh take Plate championship, ESPNcricinfo, 28 January 2010, retrieved 2011-09-20
  3. ^ Batting and fielding in ICC Inter-continental Cup 2009 to 2010 (ordered by average), CricketArchive, retrieved 17 August 2013
  4. ^ f52289 Afghanistan v Canada: ICC Inter-Continental Cup 2009 to 2010, CricketArchive, retrieved 17 August 2013
  5. ^ Ali, Umar (11 February 2011), Canada youngsters eager to perform, ESPNcricinfo, retrieved 2011-09-20
  6. ^ "Cricket World Cup: Zimbabwe thrash Canada in Nagpur". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2010-03-07.
  7. ^ "Canada's Nitish Kumar youngest to play at WC". Retrieved 2010-03-07.
  8. ^ Veera, Sriram (22 March 2011), Multicultural hopes and dreams, ESPNcricinfo, retrieved 2011-09-20
  9. ^ CC Under-19 World Cup Qualifier 2011, ESPNcricinfo, retrieved 2011-09-20
  10. ^ Queensland to host Under-19 World Cup in 2012, ESPNcricinfo, 10 August 2011, retrieved 2011-09-20
  11. ^ Records / ICC Under-19 World Cup Qualifier, 2011 / Most runs, ESPNcricinfo, retrieved 2011-09-20
  12. ^ Records / ICC Under-19 World Cup Qualifier, 2011 / Most wickets, ESPNcricinfo, retrieved 2011-09-20
  13. ^ tt2734 itt230 Canada v Netherlands: ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2011/12 (Group A), CricketArchive, retrieved 2012-05-10
  14. ^ tt2738 Canada v Papua New Guinea: ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2011/12 (Group A), CricketArchive, retrieved 2012-05-10
  15. ^ Batting and fielding in ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2011/12 (ordered by runs), CricketArchive, retrieved 2012-05-10
  16. ^ f54736 Canada v Kenya: ICC Inter-Continental Cup 2011 to 2013, CricketArchive, retrieved 17 August 2013
  17. ^ Kumar, Daesrath tons put Canada in command, ESPNcricinfo, 3 August 2013, retrieved 17 August 2013
  18. ^ "Canadian squad for World Cricket League Division 2 tournament". Cricket Canada. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  19. ^ "Global T20 Canada: Complete Squads". SportsKeeda. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  20. ^ "Global T20 Canada League – Full Squads announced". CricTracker. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  21. ^ "Canadian National Cricket Squad for ICC Americas World T20 SRQ & Schedule". Cricket Canada. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  22. ^ "ICC World Twenty20 Americas Sub Regional Qualifier A, 2018 - Canada: Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  23. ^ "Cricket Canada announces squad for Super 50 Cup". Cricket Canada. Retrieved 1 October 2018.

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