Former Bengal left-arm medium bowler Premangshu Chatterjee, who holds the record for the best figures in an innings for an Indian in first-class cricket, has died aged 83 in Kolkata on Tuesday.
In January 1957, in a Ranji Trophy match between Assam and Bengal, Premangshu took 10 wickets giving away only 20 runs from the 19 overs he bowled of which 11 were maidens.
Former captain Chuni Goswami, who played for Bengal soon after Chatterjee’s retirement, called him an inspirational player. “He was a great swinger of the ball and a wonderful cricketer”.
“His records speak for themselves. 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 represented Bengal in 26 matches between 1946-47 and 1959-60, and captained the state in four matches with 134 wickets at a strike rate of 17.75.
Chatterjee is survived by his wife, one son and two daughters.