- Dikshanshu Negi
- Current Team
- BIJAPUR BULLS
Born on 5th October 1990, Dikshanshu Negi hails from the northern part of India – Uttarakhand. The swashbuckling all-rounder is renowned for his batting heroics over the past couple of seasons in KPL and was recently auctioned for a whopping 4.4 lacs in the auctions. The 27-year-old Negi started playing leather ball cricket only at the age of 14 and has represented Nainital in the district level Under-15 cricket. In addition to this, Negi has also played for Kumaun University during his undergraduate days and holds a BCA degree as well.
But destiny had better plans for Negi and it laid the path for Negi to relocate to the IT capital of India – Bangalore, as a data entry operator when he was a 21-year old. When asked how he has settled into life in the city and also about his cricketing experience, Negi stated, “When I came here, I joined KIOC academy and then played for Swastic Union for a couple of years. That gave me a chance to move to Jawans CC and I have been playing my first division cricket ever since I joined them.”
Although Negi is a huge fan of Virender Sehwag, Brett Lee was his initial inspiration when he bowled a lot as a medium pacer. But during one of the earlier trials Negi showcaseed his batting skills. Instantly, the coaches were impressed by his strong defence and transformed Negi into a batting all-rounder. Negi gives a lot of credit to the coaches and said, “I have learnt a lot from them. My game was only to attack and the coaches have taught me to remain patient and stay in the zone.”
When asked about his near-term goals and motto in life, Negi was quick to say, “I will try to be one of the top-5 run-getters this season and eventually I want to play for the Karnataka side within the next couple of years. I have set my sights on the IPL as well. But the mantra I follow in life is – One step at a time.” In the 2016 edition of the KPL, Negi represented the Hubli Tigers and amassed 256 runs at a splendid average of 42.66. The power-hitting Negi also boasted a strike rate of 135.44 and that prompted the Bijapur Bulls to spend big on him during this year’s KPL Auction.