Uttar Pradesh cricket team

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Uttar Pradesh Cricket Team
उत्तर प्रदेश क्रिकेट टीम
اتر پردیش کرکٹ ٹیم
Green Park Stadium Kanpur.jpg
Captain: Suresh Raina
Coach: Venkatesh Prasad
Colors:      Blue      White
Owner: Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association
Founded: 1934
Home ground:

Green Park Stadium, Kanpur
(Capacity: 25,000)
K. D. Singh Babu Stadium, Lucknow
(Capacity: 25,000)

CG City International Stadium, Lucknow
(Capacity: 50,000)
Ranji Trophy wins: 1
Irani Trophy wins: 0
Vijay Hazare Trophy wins: 1
Official website: UPCA

The Uttar Pradesh cricket team (Hindi: उत्तर प्रदेश क्रिकेट टीम, Urdu: اتر پردیش کرکٹ ٹیم‎), formerly United Provinces Cricket Team, is a cricket team which is based in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, run by the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association. The team competes in the Ranji Trophy and won the tournament in 2005-06. They have won the Ranji Trophy only once and have been runners-up on five occasions. Young talents such as Mohammad Kaif, Suresh Raina, Piyush Chawla, R. P. Singh and Praveen Kumar and have passed through Uttar Pradesh and gone on to represent India.

Competition history[edit]

The team was formed in 1934 under the name of "United Provinces". The team's best performance in the Ranji Trophy in their early years came in 1939-40 when they finished as runners-up. In the 1950-51 season, the team's name was changed to "Uttar Pradesh".[1]

Uttar Pradesh have not been strong in the Ranji Trophy cricket for any prolonged period in their history. Their only victory in the Ranji Trophy Elite Group was in the 2005-06 season. The Ranji Trophy win was one of the most spectacular comebacks in cricketing history, since at one point of time in the season Uttar Pradesh were on the brink of relegation. They have finished runner-up twice before, once in 1997-98 against a strong Karnataka side, and once in 1977-78 against the same team under the captaincy of Mohammad Shahid and team manager was Abdul Karim Chishti,former captain Uttar Pradesh.They finished runners-up in the 2007-08 season, reprising a performance, similar to the one witnessed in the 2005-06 season, when they came back from the brink of relegation to win the championship. This time though, they lost to Delhi in the final. This season's stellar performers were Mohammad Kaif, their captain who finished as the season's 3rd highest run-getter, medium pacer Sudeep Tyagi,season's 2nd highest wicket taker and Praveen Kumar who took 8 wickets in the Ranji trophy final.[2]

Their best performance in the Vijay Hazare Trophy came in 2004-05 when they were joint-winners with Tamil Nadu. In 2006 they won the Nissar Trophy, defeating Sialkot in Dharmasala. Their only appearance in the Irani Trophy came in the 2006-07 season in which they lost to the Rest of India team.

Best performances in Ranji Trophy[edit]

Year Position
2008-09 Runner-up
2007-08 Runner-up
2005-06 Winner
1997-98 Runner-up
1977-78 Runner-up
1939-40 Runner-up

Famous players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Players with international caps are listed in bold.

No. Name Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Batsmen
Arish Alam (1986-11-19) 19 November 1986 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Mukul Dagar (1990-12-17) 17 December 1990 (age 24) Left-handed Right-arm medium
Prashant Gupta (1988-06-23) 23 June 1988 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm leg break googly
Mohammad Kaif (1980-12-01) 1 December 1980 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Akshdeep Nath (1993-05-10) 10 May 1993 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Suresh Raina (1986-11-27) 27 November 1986 (age 28) Left-handed Right-arm off break Captain
Parvinder Singh (1981-12-08) 8 December 1981 (age 33) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Tanmay Srivastava (1989-11-07) 7 November 1989 (age 25) Left-handed Right-arm medium
All-rounders
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1990-12-05) 5 December 1990 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Wicket-keepers
Eklavya Dwivedi (1988-07-22) 22 July 1988 (age 26) Right-hd
Amir Khan (1986-01-27) 27 January 1986 (age 28) Right-handed
Bowlers
Imtiyaz Ahmed (1985-11-10) 10 November 1985 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Piyush Chawla (1988-12-24) 24 December 1988 (age 26) Left-handed Right-arm leg break
Praveen Kumar (1986-10-02) 2 October 1986 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Amit Mishra (1991-11-11) 11 November 1991 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Ali Murtaza (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 24) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Ankit Rajpoot (1993-12-04) 4 December 1993 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
R. P. Singh (1985-12-06) 6 December 1985 (age 29) Right-handed Left-arm fast-medium
Kuldeep Yadav (1994-12-14) 14 December 1994 (age 20) Left-handed Slow left-arm chinaman

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ranji Trophy - Historical Note, from Cricinfo.
  2. ^ Cricinfo - Records - Ranji Trophy Super League, 2007/08 - Most runs