Mumbai Indians have a history of finding youngsters with potential and this one seems to be another example of their amazing scouting. One such was seen in MI’s first match in IPL 2023. The 22-year-old Nehal Wadhera hit back-to-back sixes to veteran leg-spinner Karn Sharma, one of them was a 101-meter six which landed on the roof of the Chinnaswamy Stadium. The India U19 player was out for a quick 21 but it was enough to impress the Mumbai camp and the fans.
Wadhera has played for the state in the Cooch Behar and the Vijay Merchant Trophy at the U-16 Level before progressing to the U19 stage. His father, Kamal Wadhera, runs a coaching institute in Ludhiana. The left-hander first came into the eyes of the selectors when he smashed six fifties in the 2018 U19 Cooch Behar Trophy and got a well-deserved call-up to play for India U-19. The MI lad also was in the headlines when he smashed 578* in an Inter-District U23 tournament in Punjab.
Here’s all you need to know about the young Ludhiana lad:
Name: Nehal Wadhera
Age: 22 years
Date of Birth: September 4, 2000
From: Ludhiana, Punjab
Teams: Punjab U19, India U19, Punjab, Mumbai Indians
First-Class Debut: Against Gujarat in January 2023
Ranji Trophy:376 runs in 5 matches
T20: 21 runs in 1 match