Bengal cricket team

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Bengal Cricket Team
বাংলা ক্রিকেট দল
Cricket Association of Bengal Logo
Captain: Laxmi Ratan Shukla
Coach: Ashok Malhotra
Owner: Cricket Association of Bengal
Founded: 1908
Home ground: Eden Gardens
(Capacity: 66,349)[1]
Ranji Trophy wins: 2
Irani Trophy wins: 0
Vijay Hazare Trophy wins: 1
Official website: CAB

Bengal cricket team (Bengali: বাংলা ক্রিকেট দল) is a cricket team that represents the Indian state of West Bengal in domestic first class cricket. It is considered Eastern India's strongest cricket team. The team plays its home matches at the historic Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Bengal has had two Ranji Trophy victories and has been runner-up a total of 11 times.[2]

Bengal are the champions of the 2012 Vijay Hazare Trophy, also known as the (Ranji One Day Trophy). They beat Mumbai in the finals which was held at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, Delhi on 12 March 2012, under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly.[3]

Competition history[edit]

Bengal's first success came in the third Ranji Trophy season (1936/37), in which it came runners-up to Nawanagar. Two years later it beat Southern Punjab in the final of the Ranji Trophy to become the 4th team to hold the title. For the next 51 years it did not manage to hold the Trophy again, until it beat a strong Delhi in the 1990 final. In this time, the Bengal cricket team had come runner-up a total of 11 times, its most recent win being in 1989.

They were runners-up twice consecutively in the 2005-06 and the 2006-07 season. Their ranks are occasionally bolstered by the return of Sourav Ganguly to the domestic competition.

A middle-aged man stands to wear a white long-sleeved shirt and white trousers, while he has sunglasses resting on a cap that is on his head. Green grass and a boundary line are in the background.
Sourav Ganguly, who has played for both Bengal in state level and for India in international crickets

Best performances in Ranji Trophy[edit]

Year Position
2006-07 Runner-up
2005-06 Runner-up
1993-94 Runner-up
1989-90 Winner
1988-89 Runner-up
1971-72 Runner-up
1968-69 Runner-up
1958-59 Runner-up
1955-56 Runner-up
1952-53 Runner-up
1943-44 Runner-up
1938-39 Winner
1936-37 Runner-up

Best performances in Vijay Hazare Trophy[edit]

Year Position
2007-08 Runner-up
2008-09 Runner-up
2009-10 Runner-up
2011-12 Winner

Best performances in Irani Trophy[edit]

Year Position
1990-91 Runner-up

Famous players[edit]

Manoj Tiwary

Home Ground[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Players with international caps are listed in bold.

No. Name Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style
Batsmen
Rohan Banerjee (1988-12-10) 10 December 1988 (age 25) Left-handed Right-arm medium
Arindam Das (1981-10-16) 16 October 1981 (age 32) Right-handed Right-arm medium
63 Debabrata Das (1986-09-22) 22 September 1986 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
Subhomoy Das (1981-12-26) 26 December 1981 (age 32) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Abhishek Jhunjhunwala (1982-12-01) 1 December 1982 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Anustup Majumdar (1984-04-30) 30 April 1984 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
Manoj Tiwary (1985-11-14) 14 November 1985 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
All-rounders
Sandipan Das (1992-11-29) 29 November 1992 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Sourashish Lahiri (1981-09-09) 9 September 1981 (age 32) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Laxmi Ratan Shukla (c) (1981-05-06) 6 May 1981 (age 33) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Wicket-keepers
63 Shreevats Goswami (1989-05-18) 18 May 1989 (age 25) Left-handed
Wriddhiman Saha (1984-10-24) 24 October 1984 (age 29) Right-handed
Bowlers
02 Ashok Dinda (1984-03-25) 25 March 1984 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
Arnab Nandi (1987-09-11) 11 September 1987 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Shib Paul (1981-11-04) 4 November 1981 (age 32) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Sourav Sarkar (1984-12-15) 15 December 1984 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Iresh Saxena (1984-03-14) 14 March 1984 (age 30) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Mohammed Shami (1990-03-09) 9 March 1990 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Veer Pratap Singh (1992-05-03) 3 May 1992 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EDEN GARDENS, KOLKATA". BCCI. Board of Cricket Control in India. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Ranji Trophy Winners
  3. ^ "Final: Bengal v Mumbai at Delhi, Mar 12, 2012 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 

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