Full name Vikram Banerjee
Born March 20, 1984, Bradford, Yorkshire
Current age 35 years 31 days
Major teams Cambridge University, Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire 2nd XI
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Height 6 ft 0 in
Education King Edward's School, Birmingham; Cambridge University
|First-class debut||Oxford University v Cambridge University at Oxford, Jun 28-30, 2004 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Leicestershire v Gloucestershire at Leicester, May 18-21, 2011 scorecard|
|List A debut||Gloucestershire v Sussex at Bristol, Apr 19, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||Lancashire v Gloucestershire at Manchester, Aug 5, 2011 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Somerset v Gloucestershire at Taunton, May 29, 2009 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Essex v Gloucestershire at Chelmsford, Jul 15, 2010 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|2/49, 2*, 2/50||Bucks||v Northumb||Jesmond||19 Aug 2012||Other|
|5/69, 1, 3/44||Bucks||v Bedfordshire||Slough||5 Aug 2012||Other|
|3, 3/68||Bucks||v Herts||Gerrards Cross||24 Jun 2012||Other|
|0/50||Bucks||v Staffs||Marlow||20 May 2012||Other OD|
|1/39, 12*||Bucks||v Wales MC||Brymbo||6 May 2012||Other OD|
|19, 0/15||Glouc 2nd XI||v Kent 2nd XI||Bristol||15 Aug 2011||Other OD|
|7, 1/38, 1||Bucks||v Lincolnshire||Grantham||7 Aug 2011||Other|
|1/46||Gloucs||v Lancashire||Manchester||5 Aug 2011||LA|
|2/32||Glouc 2nd XI||v Hants 2nd XI||Cheltenham||2 Aug 2011||Other OD|
|0/83, 40*, 4/9, 9||Glouc 2nd XI||v Middx 2nd XI||Bristol||27 Jul 2011||Other|
Vikram Banerjee is a left-arm spinner who complements a well-rounded Gloucestershire attack and has proved particularly effective in limited-overs cricket. He caught the eye at the end of the 2006 season, signing a professional contract as soon as he had finished his university studies, and the following year, in his first full season of Championship cricket, he picked up 26 wickets.
Although born in Leeds, he has made his way to Gloucestershire via the Warwickshire age groups (Under-13 to Under-21) where his positive attitude and ability to turn the ball sharply away from right handers earned him plenty of plaudits including the 2006 Denis Compton Award. He spent time in India in 2002 playing at club level which further enhanced his skills and was described by his team-mates at Cambridge University as having "fingers like Paul Daniels".
After only a handful of matches for the second XI Banerjee was playing in the County Championship, but after a promising start he has found wickets hard to come by in first-class cricket. Nevertheless, he extended his Gloucestershire contract ahead of the 2009 season and that winter spent three weeks in South Africa as part of the England Performance Squad.
He enjoyed reasonable success the following season, picking up 23 wickets at 34.47 in Division Two of the County Championship, but started 2011 as a regular in the Second XI.
Alan Curr June 2011
NBC Denis Compton Award 2006