In IPL 2022, the match between Gujarat Titans and Punjab Kings is being played at Brabourne Cricket Stadium in Mumbai. In this match, Gujarat captain Hardik Pandya won the toss and decided to bowl first. In this match, Darshan Nalkande and Sai Sudarshan made their debuts in place of injured Vijay Shankar and Varun Aaron. This is Darshan's first IPL match. He has previously been with Punjab Kings. But he didn't get a chance to play. In the mega auction of IPL 2022, Gujarat Titans bought this all-rounder for Rs 20 lakh and now he got a chance to debut.
Darshan Nalakande plays domestic cricket for Vidarbha. He bowled a record-breaking performance against Karnataka in the semi-finals of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy last year. In this match, Darshan wreaked havoc in the last over of Karnataka's innings. He took 4 wickets in 4 consecutive balls and restricted Karnataka to 176/7. Darshan took the wickets of Anirudh Joshi on the second ball of this over, BR Sharath on the third ball, Jagdish Suchit on the fourth ball, and Abhinav Manohar on the fifth ball. However, despite 4 wickets in 4 balls, Vidarbha lost the match by 4 runs. But Darshan had caught everyone's attention based on their performance.
Darshan could not play Under-19 World Cup
Darshan started his cricket career as a fast bowler. But gradually he also improved in batting and today plays the role of an all-rounder. He was also included in the prospects of the Under-19 World Cup. But he could not make it to the final squad. He rocked the Under-23 CK Nayudu Trophy with both the ball and the bat. Seeing this performance, he got a place in the Vijay Hazare Trophy squad against Vidarbha in 2018. He took 2 wickets in the first match against Maharashtra, chasing the target, and played an innings of 53 runs to win the team. After this Darshan made his Ranji Trophy debut against Maharashtra.
Darshan has played 3 First-Class matches, 22 T20Is, and 17 List-A matches so far. He has taken 43 wickets in T20 at a strike rate of 10. At the same time, he has scored one half-century each in List-A and First Class.