Kumar Kartikeya (born December 26, 1997) is an Indian cricketer who plays for Madhya Pradesh in domestic cricket and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. He is a slow left-arm orthodox bowler.
Kartikeya made his first-class debut for Madhya Pradesh in the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy. He made his List A debut in the 2018-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy and his Twenty20 debut in the 2018-19 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
In 2022, Kartikeya was bought by the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. He made his IPL debut in 2022, and took 13 wickets in 14 matches.
Kartikeya has been in good form in recent years. In the 2022-23 Ranji Trophy, he took 48 wickets at an average of 20.35, including seven five-wicket hauls and one ten-wicket haul. He also helped Madhya Pradesh reach the Ranji Trophy final after 23 years.
First-class: Matches: 46, Innings: 83, Wickets: 202, Bowling Average: 24.16, Best Bowling: 10/82
List A: Matches: 53, Innings: 51, Wickets: 107, Bowling Average: 27.09, Best Bowling: 5/35
Twenty20: Matches: 37, Innings: 35, Wickets: 38, Bowling Average: 22.47, Best Bowling: 4/25
- Kartikeya is the youngest player to take a ten-wicket haul in the Ranji Trophy for Madhya Pradesh.
- He is the only player to have taken a ten-wicket haul and scored a century in the same Ranji Trophy match for Madhya Pradesh.
- Kumar Kartikeya takes a seven-wicket haul to bowl out Bengal for 101
- Kumar Kartikeya takes a ten-wicket haul to bowl out Gujarat for 158
- Kumar Kartikeya takes a four-wicket haul in his IPL debut
Kumar Kartikeya is a promising young bowler who has the potential to play for India in the future. He is in good form and is likely to get more opportunities to play in the IPL and the Ranji Trophy in the coming years.