Former Bengal medium pacer dies

Kolkata: Former Bengal left-arm medium pacer Premangsu Chatterjee passed away here this morning, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) said.

Chatterjee was 84 and is survived by his wife, one son and two daughters.

Recipient of the second Kartick Bose Lifetime Achievement Award from CAB in 2005, Chatterjee was a bowler of repute during the late 1940s and early 50s, and had recorded a 10-wicket haul against Assam in a first class match.

He represented Bengal in 26 matches between 1946-47 and 1959-60, and skippered the state in four matches with 134 wickets at a strike rate of 17.75.

Chatterjee had claimed eight for 59 to power Bengal to a 10-wicket win over Madhya Pradesh in the 1955-56 Ranji Trophy semi-final.

Bengal, however, finished runners-up that season losing to Mumbai in the summit clash in a match, in which Chatterjee took seven for 101.

He rose to fame in the following season when he took a perfect 10 (10/20) against Assam.

But he could never represent India as their was not enough backing from Bengal at that point of time, Chuni Goswami, a former Bengal skipper, told media persons.

Describing Chatterjee as an inspirational cricketer, Goswami said: "He was a great swinger of the ball and a wonderful cricketer. His records speak for himself. He would have been very successful if he was born in this era."

"It`s really sad that he could not play for India because of poor backing from the state administration. He was also very good at studies and held some important positions during his work period," Goswami said.

Bengal also lost another former cricketer, Arijit Das Gupta, who died Sunday at an age of 86.


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