Who is Gujarat-born Oman opener Kashyap Prajapati

Kashyap Prajapati

Kashyap Prajapati made history for Oman in ODI cricket on Thursday, June 29, during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Qualifiers. Against the unbeaten Zimbabwe team at Queens Sports Club, Prajapati played a remarkable innings, scoring 103 runs off 97 balls, including 12 fours and one six.

His century nearly led Oman to a sensational victory in the Super Sixes round, but Zimbabwe held on to win by 14 runs, defending a target of 332. Despite the loss, Prajapati’s outstanding performance earned him the spotlight. Here are five things that fans should know about the Oman opener.

Kashyap Prajapati was born near Hardik Pandya’s hometown.

Kashyap Prajapati, who was born in the Kheda district of Gujarat, plays for Oman, while Indian ODI team’s vice-captain Hardik Pandya was born in Choryasi village of Gujarat, which is less than four hours away from Kheda. Although Pandya is currently among the top cricketers in India, Prajapati has made it big in Oman cricket. If Oman qualifies for the 2023 Cricket World Cup, he will get an opportunity to play in front of the Indian audience.

In his first-ever T20I innings, Prajapati hit Mustafizur Rahman for two sixes.

Prajapati’s T20I debut came at the grand stage of the 2021 T20 World Cup. In his debut match against Papua New Guinea, Oman won by 10 wickets, and he did not get a chance to bat. However, in the match against Bangladesh, Prajapati scored 21 runs off 18 balls, including two maximums off Mustafizur Rahman, one of the world’s top T20 bowlers.

According to Prajapati’s Instagram feed, he is in a relationship with Shrusti Hirani, a homeopath. The couple has shared several pictures together on their respective Instagram profiles. Hirani is also from Gujarat and her Instagram bio mentions that she is a homeopath who treats people using homeopathy.

he has trained with World Cup-winning coach Gary Kirsten.

Gary Kirsten, a former South African cricketer, has had a fantastic career as a coach, leading India to a World Cup win in 2011 and being part of the Gujarat Titans coaching staff in the IPL since 2022. Earlier this year, Kashyap Prajapati had the opportunity to train at the Gary Kirsten Academy and receive valuable tips from the former Indian head coach. Prajapati shared a picture of their interaction on Instagram.

Before making his debut for Oman, Prajapati played in local tournaments in Gujarat.

Kashyap’s cricketing journey began in Gujarat, as his old Instagram posts show his participation in several local tournaments before moving to Oman. Despite playing in local tournaments, he never got a chance to represent Gujarat in domestic matches. However, the Oman opener has expressed his desire to return to his home state and play at the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad someday.