Uttar Pradesh cricket team

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Uttar Pradesh Cricket Team
उत्तर प्रदेश क्रिकेट टीम
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Captain: Praveen Kumar
One-day captain: Suresh Raina
Coach: Rizwan Shamshad
Colours:      Blue      White
Owner: Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association
Founded: 1934
Home ground:
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),formerly United Provinces Cricket Team, is a domestic 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 Suresh Raina, Mohammad Kaif, 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 cricket team 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 29) Right-handed Right-arm off break Middle-order Batsmen
Mukul Dagar (1990-12-17) 17 December 1990 (age 25) Left-handed Right-arm medium
Prashant Gupta (1988-06-23) 23 June 1988 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm leg break googly
Akshdeep Nath (1993-05-10) 10 May 1993 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm medium T20 Captain
3 Suresh Raina (1986-11-27) 27 November 1986 (age 29) Left-handed Right-arm off break
Mohammad Saif (1996-08-30) 30 August 1996 (age 19) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Almas Shaukat (1995-12-12) 12 December 1995 (age 20) Left-handed
Tanmay Srivastava (1989-11-07) 7 November 1989 (age 26) Left-handed Right-arm medium
Sarfaraz Khan (1997-10-27) 27 October 1997 (age 18) Right-handed Right-arm off break U-19
All-rounders
21 Piyush Chawla (1988-12-24) 24 December 1988 (age 27) Left-handed Right-arm leg break LA Captain
15 Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1990-12-05) 5 December 1990 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
8 Praveen Kumar (1986-10-02) 2 October 1986 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast FC captain
Wicket-keepers
Eklavya Dwivedi (1988-07-22) 22 July 1988 (age 28) Right-handed Vice-captain
Bowlers
Imtiyaz Ahmed (1985-11-10) 10 November 1985 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Amit Mishra (1991-11-11) 11 November 1991 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Ali Murtaza (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 26) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Ankit Rajpoot (1993-12-04) 4 December 1993 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Kuldeep Yadav (1994-12-14) 14 December 1994 (age 21) Left-handed Slow left-arm chinaman

Coaching Staff[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ranji Trophy - Historical Note, from Cricinfo.
  2. ^ Cricinfo - Records - Ranji Trophy Super League, 2007/08 - Most runs
  3. ^ Manoj Prabhakar to coach UP Ranji team