Full name Utpal Subodh Chatterjee
Born July 13, 1964, Calcutta (now Kolkata), Bengal
Current age 51 years 20 days
Major teams India, Bengal
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|ODI debut||Bangladesh v India at Sharjah, Apr 5, 1995 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v New Zealand at Jamshedpur, Nov 15, 1995 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Bengal v Madhya Pradesh at Kolkata, Dec 31, 2004 - Jan 3, 2005 scorecard|
|List A debut||1984/85|
|Last List A||Bengal v Tamil Nadu at Kolkata, Feb 11, 2004 scorecard|
Perhaps not unexpectedly, Utpal Chatterjee's selection at the age of 30 for his first ODI came in for a lot of criticism. His detractors said the place could have gone to a much younger man while others openly expressed doubts whether he was deserving of a place in the national side. But the left-arm bowler, who is a
fairly big turner of the ball in helpful conditions and can be steady when conditions favour the batsman, was determined to make his presence felt. He started off well by taking 1 for 28 off ten overs against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup match at Sharjah. Against sterner opposition, Chatterjee proved his mettle by taking 2 for 35 off eight overs against Pakistan, his victims being Moin Khan and Ghulam Ali. But he was harshly treated by the New Zealand batsmen in the first ODI the visitors played the following season, conceding 54 runs off 8.5 overs and was not considered again. However he continued to play with much success for Bengal and touched peak form in the 1999-2000 season when he took 52
wickets in the Ranji Trophy, setting a new Bengal record and in the process inching towards the 300 wicket mark in the competition. He was appointed as Bengal coach for the 2008-09 season.
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