Basil Thampi

Basil Thampi
Born/Date of Birthday: 11 September 1993
Place of Birth: Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Batting: Right-handed
Bowling: Right-arm fast-medium
Role: Bowler
Domestic team information
2015–present: Kerala
2017: Gujarat Lions
2018–2021: Sunrisers Hyderabad
2022: Mumbai Indians
Parents: M.M. Thampi, Lizy Thampi

Basil Thampi (born 11 September 1993) is an Indian cricketer who represents Kerala in the domestic cricket. He is a right-handed batsman and right-arm medium pacer. He made his IPL debut for Gujarat Lions in the 2017 Indian Premier League and was named the "Emerging player of the season".

Domestic career
Thampi made his first-class debut for Kerala in the 2014–15 Ranji Trophy on 6 February 2015.

In June 2017, he earned his maiden call-up to India A team, as he was included in the 16-man one-day squad for the tri-series against hosts South Africa A and Australia A team. In October 2017, he was included in the Board President's XI and India A squads against New Zealand ahead of their One-Day International (ODI) series against India and five ODIs against New Zealand A.

In July 2018, he was named in the squad for India Blue for the 2018–19 Duleep Trophy, travelling through the flooding in Kerala to make the start of the season.

In August 2019, he was named in the India Blue team's squad for the 2019–20 Duleep Trophy.

He was the joint-highest wicket-taker of Kerala in the 2021-22 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy bagging eight wickets from 6 matches.

Indian Premier League
In February 2017, he was bought by the Gujarat Lions team for the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) for ₹85 lakhs. He received the "Emerging Player Award" inflicting 11 wickets from 12 matches in the season.

In January 2018, he was bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2018 IPL auction. During 2018 IPL, he bowled the most expensive spell in the history of Indian Premier League after conceding 70 runs in four overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore. In February 2022, he was bought by the Mumbai Indians in the auction for the 2022 Indian Premier League tournament.

International career
Thampi was a net bowler for the Indian team during their four-match Test series against Australia in February–March 2017.

In November 2017, he was named in India's Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for their series against Sri Lanka, but he did not play.

Playing style
Thampi bowls at a speed in excess of 140 kmph and is known for bowling yorkers consistently. Former India fast bowler and bowling coach of Kerala Tinu Yohannan described Thampi as "athletic" and "quite strong", and added, "He's very deceptive. He has a round-arm action where he can really get the ball to move. He can reverse the old ball." Thampi has stated that he "got [his] yorkers from tennis ball cricket."

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