Nicholas Pooran is the current captain of the West Indies national cricket squad. He is a Trinidadian cricketer and plays for Trinidad and Tobago as well in the domestic formats. Pooran received the captaincy of the West Indies national team in May 2022.
|Real Name||Nicholas Pooran|
|Birth Date||2 Oct 1995|
|Birth Place||Trinidad and Tobago|
Nicholas Pooran attended Naparima College in San Fernando and played for his school’s cricket team. Pooran being a left-handed wicket-keeper/batsman, represented Trinidad and Tobago at various school-level tournaments. He played his national U19 debut in 2012, aged only 16.
Nicholas Pooran played his debut for the West Indies U19s in 2013 in a bilateral series against the Bangladesh U19s and played at the 2014 U19 World Cup too. As the squad’s vice-captain and wicket-keeper, he attained a score of 303 runs from mere six matches, ranking fourth for overall runs and in the lead for the West Indies’ averages.
The knocks included half-centuries against Canada and India and an innings of 143 runs against Australia, which was the very best score of the tournament and received the commemoration as “one of the most memorable innings in the tournament’s history.” Before playing at the international under-19 level, Nicholas played four matches for Trinidad and Tobago in the One-Day Regional Super50 competition in February and March 2013.
Before the inaugural 2013 CPL season, Nicholas Pooran joined the squad of the Red Steel, Trinidad’s Caribbean Premier League squad. He became the youngest player in the competition. On his debut against the Guyana Amazon Warriors, he smashed 54 from just 24 balls. The innings included six sixes and received recognition for its “clean, calm stroke play” and “uninhibited aggression.”
In January 2015, Pooran met with a road accident in St. Mary’s, Trinidad, suffering ankle and knee injuries. Therefore, he missed out on the rest of Trinidad and Tobago’s domestic season and the 2015 Caribbean Premier League.
In June 2018, he joined the Cricket West Indies B Team for the first edition of the World T20 Canada competition. In July 2020, he became part of the Guyana Amazon Warriors squad for the 2020 Caribbean Premier League (CPL). On 30 August 2020, within the CPL fixture against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Pooran scored his first-ever century in a T20 match.
Nicholas Pooran played his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut for the West Indies against Pakistan in 2016. In November 2018, he joined the West Indies squad for their tour to India. Within the third T20 International match, he smashed an unbeaten 53 runs off just 25 balls to clinch his first-ever half-century in the T20 International cricket format.
In February 2019, joined the West Indies One-Day International (ODI) squad for their series against England. Pooran played his One-Day International debut for the West Indies against England in 2019. In April 2019, joined the West Indies squad for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. In 2019, during the match against Sri Lanka, Nicholas Pooran scored his first-ever century in the One-Day International format. He finished the competition as the leading run-scorer for the West Indies, with 367 runs from nine matches.
Following the World Cup tournament, the International Cricket Council (ICC) selected Nicholas as the Rising Star of the Squad. In July 2019, Cricket West Indies gave him a central contract for the first time before the 2019–20 season started.
Nicholas Pooran was later made vice-captain of the West Indies in T20 International cricket. Furthermore, he even captained the West Indies cricket squad for the 5-match 20-20 international series against the Australian cricket squad.
In November 2019, in the third ODI against Afghanistan, Pooran received the charges of being found guilty of ball-tampering. Furthermore, Nicholas admitted the charge and faced a ban for four T20 International matches.
In July 2021, he joined the West Indies squad as the vice-captain for their series against Australia in West Indies. Furthermore, he led the West Indies to an attractive 18-run win against Australia in the first match of the T20 International series.
Nicholas played for the Islamabad United squad in the 2017 Pakistan Super League as he came in as a replacement for England’s Ben Duckett in the United’s squad.
In 2017, Nicholas Pooran joined the Mumbai Indians franchise for the 2017 edition of the Indian Premier League for 30 lakhs but didn’t play any game within the whole season.
Furthermore, Pooran went unsold for the 2018 Indian Premier League auction after setting his base price at 50 lakh rupees.
In December 2018, he joined the Kings XI Punjab in the auction for the 2019 Indian Premier League for 4.2 crores. Pooran had a fantastic IPL 2020 season as he scored 353 runs in the 14 matches he played. Furthermore, he was also the fourth highest six-hitter within the 2020 Indian Premier League season after hitting 25 sixes within the season. He, however, scored only 85 runs in IPL 2021.
In the 2022 IPL Auction, Nicholas Pooran joined the Sunrisers Hyderabad for ₹10.75 crores.