Bihar cricket team
The Bihar cricket team was a first-class cricket team representing the state of Bihar in the Indian domestic competitions. The team competed in the Ranji Trophy from 1936-37 until 2003-04, after which it was succeeded by the Jharkhand cricket team.
Bihar played 236 first-class matches, winning 78, losing 56 and drawing 102.
MS Dhoni's initial days in Bihar team
MS Dhoni was included in the Bihar U-19 squad for the 1998/99 season and scored 176 runs in 5 matches (7 innings) as the team finished fourth in the group of six and did not make it to the quarter finals. Dhoni was not picked for the East Zone U-19 squad (CK Nayudu Trophy) and Rest of India squad (MA Chidambaram Trophy and Vinoo Mankad Trophy). Bihar U-19 cricket team advanced to the finals of the 1999–2000 Cooch Behar Trophy where Dhoni made 84 to help Bihar post a total of 357. Bihar's efforts were dwarfed by Punjab under-19s' 839 with Dhoni's future national squad teammate Yuvraj Singh making 358. Dhoni's contribution for the tournament included 488 runs (9 matches, 12 innings), 5 fifties, 17 catches and 7 stumpings. Dhoni made it to the East Zone U-19 squad for the CK Nayudu trophy but scored only 97 runs in four matches as East Zone lost all four matches and finished last in the tournament.
MS Dhoni made his Ranji Trophy debut for Bihar in the 1999–2000 season as an eighteen-year-old. He made a half century in his debut match scoring 68* in the second innings against Assam cricket team. Dhoni finished the season with 283 runs in 5 matches. Dhoni scored his maiden first-class century while playing for Bihar against Bengal in the 2000/01 season in a losing cause. Apart from the century, his performance in the 2000/01 did not include another score over fifty and in 2001/02 season he scored just five fifty in each season in four Ranji matches.
- Bihar's first-class record
- "Scorecard: Cooch Behar Trophy Final 1999/2000 Season". Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 May 2007.
- "Statistics: Bihar Squad U-19 Cooch Behar Trophy Averages". Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 May 2007.
- "Scorecard: Assam v/s Bihar 1999/2000 Ranji Trophy Season". Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 May 2007.
- "Scorecard:Bihar v/s Bengal Ranji Trophy 2000/01 Season". Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 May 2007.
- "Statistics: 2000/01 Bihar Squad Ranji Trophy Averages". Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 May 2007.
- "Statistics: 2001/02 Bihar Squad Ranji Trophy Averages". Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 May 2007.