Atharva Taide is an Indian cricketer known for becoming the second cricketer to retire out in the 15th over of the IPL match between Punjab Kings innings and Delhi Capitals (DC) after scoring 55 runs on 42 balls.
Atharva Taide was born on Wednesday, 26 April 2000 (age 23 years; as of 2023) in Akola, Maharashtra. His zodiac sign is Taurus. He did his schooling at Bishop Cotton School (BCS), Nagpur. He pursued a bachelor’s degree at Dr Ambedkar College, Nagpur, Maharashtra. He liked playing cricket since childhood. According to his father, when Taide was a child, he used to buy him many toys like small tricycles, dolls, action figures, and hot wheels cars, but his favourite was his plastic ball and bat which he used to carry everywhere. His father saw him doing the shadow practice after which he realized his desire to play cricket. His father built a box net at their plot, got a bowling machine and also set up flood lights so that he could practice even during the dark. He used to go to the Akola Cricket Club Ground (ACC) in the morning to practice. After practising there, he used to change into his school uniform on the ground and attended school in the day. After returning from school at 1 pm, he used to go to practice again at around 3. According to his father, he used to practice with him in the nets till 1 in the morning. Later, he took admission to Vengsarkar Cricket Academy. In an interview, his father revealed how he and his wife had to struggle with Atharva during his cricket journey. In the interview, he further said,
I don’t remember Devyani (Atharva’s mother) and I ever travelling to relatives’ place for a function or get-together. Even during Diwali, it becomes a bit difficult for us as we are unable to go anywhere nor we are able to attend our guests properly. As a part of mental support I ensure that someone travels with Atharva during his tours and matches. Atharva scoring his triple century against Madhya Pradesh in the Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy is my favourite moment.”
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
His father’s name is Yayati, who is a professor. His mother’s name is Devyani. His sister’s name is Vaibhavi Taide, who is a petroleum engineer.
He has not made his international cricket yet.
On 22 December 2018, he made his debut in FC matches for Vidarbha against Gujarat at Nagpur in the 2018–19 Ranji Trophy.
In December 2018, he was selected for India’s team for the 2018 ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup. On 20 September 2018, he made his debut in List A matches for Vidarbha against Baroda at Bengaluru in the 2018–19 Vijay Hazare Trophy. When he used to play the U-19 one-dayers for Vidarbha in Vinoo Mankad Trophy, he was selected for the Indian U-19 team. In 2018, he reached Yuvraj Singh’s record in the final of the Cooch Vihar Trophy where he opened for Vidarbha and score 320 runs against Madhya Pradesh. He was the captain of the Vidarbha team for the Under-19 Coochbehar Trophy.
After the tournament, he was selected for the 2018 Emerging Teams Asia Cup. On 21 February 2019, he made his debut in T20 matches against Himachal at Surat in the 2018–19 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. In 2019, he was a part of the winning team of the Under-23 season 2019-20.
Indian Premier League
In February 2022, he was bought by the Punjab Kings for Rs. 20 Lakhs in the auction for the 2022 Indian Premier League tournament. Before being chosen for the IPL, he did not sign contracts with three UK clubs even after getting many offers from different clubs because of his performance as the top scorer, with 1170 runs, for the ECB Nothern League, first division.
- India Under-19s
- Punjab Kings
- Vidarbha Under-19s
- His jersey number is # 14 (India).
- He was coached by Chandrakant Pandit.
- His batting style is a left-hand bat and his bowling style is slow left-arm orthodox.
- In 2018, he was the highest run-scorer in India after which he played the Asia Cup in Malaysia where he scored 177 against Sri Lanka.
- In 2018, he won the Irani Trophy for Vidarbha.
- In 2019, he scored 72 runs and won the final match of the 2019 Irani Trophy.
- In 2020, he won the U23 Col. CK. Nayudu Trophy 2019/20.
- On 9 December 2021, he was the highest scorer in List A cricket scoring 164 not out against Andhra Pradesh in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
- In January 2021, he achieved a dubious record by scoring 32 runs in an over in the Elite Group D match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 Trophy at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.
- In January 2023, he was named the Player of the Match in a match between Punjab and Vidarbha in Ranji Trophy.
- In February 2023, he scored 144 runs on 63 balls and helped Mumbai Customs beat Air India by 56 runs at the University Ground.
- In 2023, when Atharva was asked to retire out in the 15th over of the IPL match between Punjab Kings innings against Delhi Capitals (DC) after scoring 55 runs on 42 balls, former Indian batter Mohammad Kaif criticised PBKS’s decision by giving the example of Rinku Singh and Rahul Tewatia. In the interview, he said,
Extremely poor decision to ask him to come out. Why do you talk about Rinku Singh and Tewatia? Rinku Singh was a run-a-ball at the start and Tewatia was on 13 off 21 balls. They hit five sixes after that. Taide was scoring at a strike rate of 130 and was a set batter alongside Liam Livingstone. Livingstone was playing fast and Taide was performing his role. He is an uncapped player who was hitting fours and sixes. He had gotten his eye in and you asked him to come out when it was the time to hit sixes. Very bad decision because who came after that – Jitesh Sharma, Shahrukh Khan and Sam Curran – all of them came and got out. If the decision had been good, I would have praised them. If you check the stats, whenever such a thing has been done that a set batter has been asked to come out, how many times has the new batter won the match? Show me the stats, I will concede defeat.”