Cowdrey is pleased to announce the signing of Indian run machine Saurabh Rawat for their 2022 Kent League campaign.

Saurabh is set to replace outgoing professional Lasith Abeyratne who due to domestic commitments is now unable to honour the original contract.

Uttarakhand star

Rawat is an exceptional batter wicket-keeper playing alongside fellow CricX stars Jay Bista, and Mayank Mishra for Uttarakhand in Indian domestic cricket.

He joined the northern Indian state for the 2018/19 season, following two inauspicious years with Odisha, with whom he made his first-class debut in 2016. He’s been a revelation for Uttarakhand ever since.

Ranji run maker

Rawat lit up the Ranji Trophy during his initial season hitting 593 runs at 59.30. He struck his maiden century in November 2018 – converting it into a double (220 from 381 balls) against Sikkim. Roll on January 2019, and Rawat’s run-fest continued, hitting his second and third centuries in succession against Mizoram (108 from 162 balls), and in the quarter-final against eventual Ranji Trophy winners Vidarbha (108 from 162 balls).

His innings against the latter evidenced his absolute class, with his ton coming against an attack featuring Indian quick Umesh Yadav, and domestic spin legends Akshay Wakhare, and Aditya Sarwate (who boast 463 first-class wickets at 25 between them).

Like many promising youngsters, Rawat failed to replicate this success the following, and most recent Ranji Trophy season (2019/20), only scoring 432 runs at 24, a tally that included scores of 66 and 110 in a match against Jharkhand. Nevertheless, he remains an incredible prospect, who is equally destructive in white-ball cricket, with 427 runs at 38.81 over his 22 List A matches for his State.

Keen to impress for Cowdrey

The gloveman, who comes highly recommended by his team-mate Jay Bista, is set to play UK club cricket this summer having signed with Cowdrey for their 2022 Kent League campaign.