Pawan Negi Bio

Pawan Negi, the million-dollar baby of the 2016 IPL auctions, is best described as a slow-left-arm orthodox spinner with the potential to land some lusty blows down the order.


Pawan Negi


Pawan Negi


BORNJanuary 6, 1993

HEIGHT5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)


ROLESlow left-arm orthodox, left-hand bat

RELATION(S)GS Negi (Father), Kamla Negi (Mother)ABOUT

A slow-left arm orthodox spinner who has the capability of hitting some lusty blows down the order is the best way to describe Pawan Negi who was the million-dollar baby in the 2016 IPL auctions.


Domestic career

In the domestic circuit, Pawan Negi represents Delhi and has appeared in 19 List-A matches for his county, taking 25 wickets at an average of 21.48 and scoring 187 runs. Negi was dropped from his state’s Ranji squad the same year he was picked to wear the India-A jersey for the first time.

IPL Career

Pawan Negi’s breakthrough came in the 2016 season, when his outstanding results with the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings propelled him to the top of the IPL auctions’ top buys. During the auctions leading up to the 2016 IPL, Delhi Daredevils purchased Negi for a colossal amount of Rs 8.5 crores. However, this was not his first time with the Daredevils, as he had previously played with them in the 2012 and 2013 tournaments before joining MS Dhoni’s CSK. While at CSK, Dhoni made effective use of Negi, often opening the bowling with the left-arm spinner. With the bat going down the order, he had also contributed.

However, as is the case for most million-dollar acquisitions, Negi struggled miserably by providing a below-par performance, leading to the franchise’s decision to release him at the end of the season.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) purchased him for Rs 1 crore. As luck would have it, he proved to be a wise investment, finishing the season as the highest wicket-taker with 16 from 12 games. DD paid INR 1 crore for Pawan Negi in the IPL 2018 Player Auction, but RCB used their RTM card to get him back into the team. Pawan Negi has only played 9 games and taken 4 wickets in the last two seasons. Negi holds the record for the best bowling figures in a Champions League T20 match (5/22) as well.

International career

Negi’s impressive success with CSK attracted the attention of the selectors, and he went on to play a single Twenty20 match for India against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) during the 2016 Asia Cup, bowling three overs and picking up one wicket. He was named India’s fourth spinner for the World T20 after a strong season in domestic limited-overs cricket.


Pawan Negi was born in Delhi on January 6, 1993, to GS and Kamla Negi. Negi’s family is from Almora, Uttarakhand, but they now live in Delhi, where he was born and raised. Pawan Negi attended Delhi High School and graduated with honours. He had previously applied to Delhi University under the sports quota but was refused admission due to a lack of proper documentation.

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