The curious case of the Bengal batter Sudip Chatterjee

KOLKATA: Sudip Chatterjee He had gone through a prolonged lean patch and it was a matter of time before the guillotine fell on him. The surprising part was that, despite the presence of a team of experts among the support staff of the Bengal team, no one could help it.

CAB Vision 2020 batting consultant, VVS Laxman, had long sessions with the Bengal players, including Sudip, during the last seasons. But he could not identify or rectify the problem of the left-handed hitter. Laxman had special sessions on mental hardness, but after a week-long camp before Ranji season, all the former Indian hitter could say was he (Sudip) had some technical and mental problems. But now it's over. I hope. will be back between races this season.

But that was not going to be. In three innings in two Ranji games that Bengal has played so far this season, the vice captain managed 1, 5 and 18 while his poor condition continued. His highest score in the last seven innings is 24 and he achieved only half a century last season.

Coach Arun Lal , who had been watching Sudip closely since last season, was lost. What to say? I have no words, he said after Sudip's failure against Andhra in the previous game.

Sudip's career did not seem to be heading south, as the Barasat boy strengthened more and more after debuting for Bengal in 2012. He also attracted the attention of national selectors and was named on India's 'A' team by the South Africa Series in 2017. Even India 'A' coach Rahul Dravid was impressed with Sudip's technique and style. The 28-year-old found a place in Deodhar Trophy squads too.

The left-hander became a vital gear on the Bengal flyer and when his Railways employers wanted him to play for them last season, nothing less than the then president of the Bengal Cricket Association (CAB) Sourav Ganguly He intervened to ensure alternative work for him. Sudip finally quit his Railways job to play for Bengal.

Sudip was given a long rope, but it remains to be seen whether dropping it would be useful since no one can complain about his efforts and preparation.

Even when he was removed from the Syed Mushtaq Ali squad, he maintained a rigorous practice regime. But the results eluded him. An established form of losing cricket is nothing new, but it is the responsibility of the support staff to help you get back into the routine.

Ishant Sharma, an expert in India, said recently that the problem in India is that everyone tells you about the problem, but nobody tells you the solution. Ishant was lucky to get one Jason Gillespie. Hopefully Sudip meets one of those mentors!


2016-17 - Matches: 7; Inngs: 13; Careers: 557; HS: 130

2017-18 - Matches: 7; Inngs: 12; Careers: 514; HS: 118

2018-19 - Matches: 8; Inngs: 15, runs: 382 HS: 56.