Kiran Navgire is an Indian cricketer. She played for the UP Warriorz Women in the Women’s Premier League (WPL) inaugural season.
Kiran Prabhu Navgire The New Indian Express was born on Sunday, 18 September 1994 (age 28 years; as of 2022) in Mire, Solapur, Maharashtra. Her zodiac sign is Virgo. She completed her schooling at Shree Chandrashekhar Vidyalaya, Shreepur, Maharashtra. She pursued a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Hindi at the Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune. She received a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Political Science and Government from the Abeda Inamdar Senior College of Arts, Science and Commerce College, Pune. She represented her school in competitions such as kho-kho, kabaddi, and athletics in district-level and state-level competitions. She won multiple accolades and awards for athletics in the under-16, under-19 and under-23 age categories. Kiran participated in the national level games between 2010 and 2011; she won a gold medal for javelin throw at the 2011-2012 inter-varsity games.
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Weight (approx.): 65 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): 34-29-35
She belongs to a lower-middle-class family in Solapur, Maharashtra.
Parents & Siblings
Her father’s name is Prabhu Navgire. He was a farmer. Her mother’s name is Latha. She was a homemaker. She has two brothers, Rajnarayan Navgire and Akshay Prabhu Navgire. Akshay Prabhu Navgire was a Mechanical Engineering graduate.
Kiran Navgire is not married.
Kiran Navgire has represented the Maharashtra Women, Nagaland Women, IPL Velocity, and India C Women, at the domestic level. In 2016, Navgire played in a university match held at the Azam Sports Academy in Pune; she met with Gulzar Sheikh, who later became her coach. Sheikh and the president of the Azam Sports Academy visited her after the match and came to know she lacked professional training and that she came from a humble background; both of them were impressed by her talent and offered her a chance to train at the academy free of cost. This put Kiran in a dilemma as she wanted to pursue a career in athletics; both the president and coach suggested choosing cricket over athletics and later, she switched from athletics to cricket. She scored 429 runs in five matches at a tournament organised by the Pune District Cricket Association (PDCA) between the 2016 and 2017 seasons. The PDCA selectors were impressed by her talent and sent her for the state team trials in the same year; however, she was not selected for the state team. In 2017, she met Jonty Gilbile during a PDCA Shinde League match held at the Law College in Pune; Jonty Gilbile later became her trainer. On 24 December 2017, she was selected for the Maharashtra Women’s team; she made her debut against the Railways Women. Kiran was part of the Maharashtra team between 2017 and 2021; however, she was not a regular starter for the team and found it hard to break into the playing eleven.
In 2019, she was the second-highest scorer in the PDCA Sadu Shinde League (2019) with 131 runs from two matches. When domestic cricket resumed post-Covid lockdown, she was left out of the Maharashtra Women’s team for the 2021-2022 season. Kiran got to know from her friends that the Nagaland Women’s team were looking for guest players for the 2021-2022 season; Navgire applied for playing in the team and was selected for the Nagaland Women’s team. She scored 137 runs and took 11 wickets from six matches for the Nagaland Women in the Women’s Senior One Day Trophy (2021-2022). The cricketer was named to the Nagaland Women’s team for the 2021-2022 Women’s Senior T20 Trophy.
On 15 April 2022, she scored 162 runs from 76 balls with a strike rate of 213.16 against the Arunachal Pradesh women’s team in the opening match of the Women’s Senior T20 Trophy (2021-2022) at the ACA Stadium, Barsapara. In the pre-quarter-final of the Women’s Senior T20 Trophy, she scored 56 runs from 44 balls against Kerala Women; however, Nagaland lost by seven wickets and this was the first time since getting BCCI’s affiliation in 2018 that Nagaland qualified for the knockout stage in a domestic tournament. Kiran scored one century and four half-centuries and finished the 2021-2022 Women’s Senior T20 tournament as the top scorer with 525 runs from seven matches. In 2022, she scored 26 runs from three matches for the India C team during the 2022-2023 Senior Women’s T20 Challenger Trophy.
In 2022, Navgire was named to the Nagaland Women’s team for the 2022-2023 Women’s Senior One Day Trophy and the 2022-2023 Women’s Senior T20 Trophy; however, the cricketer failed to replicate her performances from the previous season and Nagaland failed to progress from the group stages of both the tournaments.
In August 2022, she was named to the India Women’s team for the tour of England. On 10 September 2022, Kiran Navgire made her T20 international debut against the England Women’s team in Chester-le-Street; Navgire scored seven runs from thirteen balls. She played in the first two matches of the series and was left out of the playing eleven for the final match. On 21 September 2022, she was included in the 15-member T20 squad for the 2022 Women’s Asia Cup. Kiran was dismissed on a duck against the Malaysia Women in the Women’s Asia Cup on 3 October 2022; she played three more matches in the competition and scored ten runs against the United Arab Emirates Women’s team.
Women’s T20 Challenge
On 16 May 2022, IPL Velocity announced the signing of Kiran Navgire ahead of the 2022 Women’s T20 Challenge. She made her debut against the Supernovas; however, she did not bat in the match and Velocity won by 7 wickets. In the second match of the tournament, she scored 69 runs from 34 balls with a strike rate of 202.94 against the Trailblazers; she started her innings with a sixer and recorded the fastest half-century in the history of the tournament. In the final match of the tournament against the Supernovas, she was dismissed on a duck by Sophie Ecclestone; she played thirteen dot balls and was heavily criticized by the fans.
Debut of a High Velocity 🔥 from Kiran Navgire registering the Fastest 50 of the #My11CircleWT20C #WhistlePodu 🦁💛
📸 : @IPL pic.twitter.com/37m6P6hLwL
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) May 26, 2022
Women’s Premier League (WPL)
On 13 February 2023, UP Warriorz Women signed her ahead of the Women’s Premier League’s inaugural season (2022-2023). On 5 March 2023, she debuted against Gujarat Giants and scored 53 runs from 43 balls with a strike rate of 123.26. Kiran scored 155 runs from nine matches with a strike rate of 114.81 in the 2022-2023 season of the Women’s Premier League.
- She is the first Indian player (male or female) to score more than 150 runs in a T20 cricket match. Sportstar
She owns a Maruti Suzuki Nexa.
In 2023, UP Warriorz signed her for Rs. 30 Lakhs for the inaugural season of the WPL. The Economic Times
- Cricketer: MS Dhoni
- Her jersey number at the UP Warriorz Women was #5.
- In an interview, she revealed that she was inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo and Usain Bolt when she was an athlete.
- Savita Vora, a social worker, knew Navgire’s family and suggested Kiran move from her hometown to Baramati, Maharashtra to pursue her college education; Vora promised that the cricketer would receive all the necessary help from her acquaintances during her time in Baramati, Maharashtra.
- In her debut match for the UP Warriorz Women, she batted with a sponsorless bat with “MSD O7″ written on it; there were some issues with her sponsorship and she did not get them on time for the opening match.
Have you wondered why Kiran Navgire has 'MSD O7' inscribed on her bat?! 🤔 #UPWarriorzUttarDega #WPL pic.twitter.com/mbtoFTfF40
— UP Warriorz (@UPWarriorz) March 15, 2023
- Kiran’s school was seven kilometres away from her home and she used to cycle 14 kilometres daily. When asked about her stamina in an interview, she pointed out that cycling might have helped her to build stamina.
- In an interview, her coach, Gulzar Sheikh, branded her as a natural power-hitter and pointed out that she was best suited for the role of a finisher in the team; he added that her athletic background might be the reason behind her power-hitting.
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