Bengal cricket team
|Owner:||Cricket Association of Bengal|
|Home ground:||Eden Gardens|
|Ranji Trophy wins:||2|
|Irani Trophy wins:||0|
|Vijay Hazare Trophy wins:||1|
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.
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 Ground, Delhi on 12 March 2012, under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly.
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.
Best performances in Ranji Trophy
Best performances in Vijay Hazare Trophy
Best performances in Irani Trophy
- Players who represented India
|Laxmi Ratan Shukla||0||3|
- Eden Gardens, Kolkata - The second largest stadium in the world and also the home ground of Kolkata Knight Riders
- Jadavpur University Campus Ground, Jadavpur- It has been leased out to the Cricket Association of Bengal and it often plays host to inter- and intra state cricket matches.
- Bengal Cricket Academy, Kalyani
- Deshbandu Park, North Kolkata - hosted matches of Vinoo Mankad Trophy, Cooch Behar Trophy, Vijay Merchant Trophy and Polly Umrigar Trophy
Players with international caps are listed in bold.
|No.||Name||Birth date||Birth Place||Batting Style||Bowling Style||Note|
|FC Captain & Batsmen|
|90||Manoj Tiwary||14 November 1985||Howrah||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break||FC 100s : 22; LA 100/50 : 3/29;|
|Sudip Chatterjee||11 November 1991||Barasat||Left-handed||Right-arm leg break||FC 100s : 6;|
|Abhimanyu Easwaran||6 September 1995||Dehradun||Right-handed||leg break googly||FC 100s : 3;|
|Sayan Mondal||10 November 1989||Bardhaman||Left-handed||Right-arm medium||FC 100s : 1;|
|Pankaj Shaw||12 February 1988||Gopalpur, Nadia||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||FC 100s : 1;|
|63||Debabrata Das||22 September 1986||Siliguri||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break||LA, T20|
|Pramod Chandila||18 July 1993||Right-handed||Right-arm offbreak|
|Aamir Gani||27 August 1996||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||T20|
|24||Wriddhiman Saha||24 October 1984||Saktigarh, Siliguri||Right-handed||FC 100s : 9; LA 100/50 : 2/19;|
|63||Shreevats Goswami||18 May 1989||Kolkata||Left-handed||LA 100/50 : 5/10|
|02||Ashok Dinda||25 March 1984||Medinipur||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||FC Wkts : 300+; LA Wkts : 100+;|
|11||Mohammed Shami||9 March 1990||Amroha||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast|
|Veer Pratap Singh||3 May 1992||Nalanda||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast|
|Amit Kuila||9 July 1995||Midnapore||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||T20|
|Kanishk Seth||4 November 1997||Right-handed||Left-arm medium||T20|
|30||Pragyan Ojha||5 September 1986||Bhubaneswar||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||FC Wkts : 375+; LA Wkts : 100+|
|Anurag Tiwari||15 November 1995||Right-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
- "EDEN GARDENS, KOLKATA". BCCI. Board of Cricket Control in India. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
- Ranji Trophy Winners
- "Final: Bengal v Mumbai at Delhi, Mar 12, 2012 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2013-06-12.