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India-born Bharat Popli named NZ's domestic cricketer of the year

Popli is third on the all-time season list behind the late Martin Crowe (1348 runs in 1986-87) and England international Graeme Hick (1228 in 1988-89).

Cricketnext Staff |April 8, 2016, 11:30 AM IST
India-born Bharat Popli named NZ's domestic cricketer of the year

Bharat Popli has been named New Zealand's 'Domestic Player of the Year' following his 1000-run summer for Northern Districts. Popli, who was born in Indian capital Delhi, scored 1149 runs at an average of 65.78 in the Plunket Shield to win the award.

Popli is just the fourth batsman to reach four figures in a Plunket Shield season. He scored three centuries and a top score of 172 against the Devon Hotel Central Stags, and on three other occasions he was dismissed in the nineties.

Popli is third on the all-time season list behind the late Martin Crowe (1348 runs in 1986-87) and England international Graeme Hick (1228 in 1988-89).

His maiden first-class century came at Eden Park's Outer Oval before Christmas, against eventual champions the Mondiale Auckland Aces. After that ton, there was no looking back for Popli and he kept his fine form throughout the season.

Popli grew up in New Zealand, where he played alongside Kane Williamson for Tauranga Boys' College and Bay of Plenty Cricket.

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