Ask any batsmen in the world what it takes to cross those nervous 90s to reach the 100 run mark. And having failed to log a ton twice in the past year, Sunday will certainly be a sleepless night for the Bengal one-drop batsman Sudip Chatterjee. “Monday will be big day for me. I hope to get my first hundred, I have been waiting long for this now,” he points out.
Just a few months ago he was out on 99 in a Duleep Trophy game against West Zone in Rohtak whereas last season he was out on 96 in the quarter-finals against Railways. The 23-year-old left-handed batsman’s unbeaten 91 made sure Bengal ended Day One on 255 for 3 at stumps. Sudip along with wicket-keeper batsman Shreevats Goswami (61*) added 111 runs partnership for fourth wicket and Bengal will hope their young brigade carry on for big score from here.
Hailing from middle-class family at the outskirt of Kolkata, Sudip’s choice of sport wasn’t always an easy one. His father Dipen had a small garment business but it was never enough to sustain Sudip’s cricketing expenses. There were days he had to stay with friend in Kolkata because he couldn’t pay for a bus ticket home. There were also times when he played with borrowed bats.
And while it still is early days in his career, Sudeep has shown hunger of staying at the crease. Earlier, Bengal openers Arindam Ganguly and Rohan Banerjee showed no real purpose as they put together 54 runs in 20 overs. Before the Sudip-Shreevats partnership steadied the innings Bengal were reduced to 144 for 3.
Brief Scores: Bengal 255/3 (S Chatterjee 91*, S Goswami 61*, M Patel 1/32, Gagandeep Singh 1/44) vs Baroda.