Ambar Khirid Roy
June 05, 1945, Calcutta (now Kolkata), Bengal
September 19, 1997, Calcutta (now Kolkata), Bengal, (aged 52y 106d)
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Right arm medium
Ambar Roy, who died on September 19, 1997, aged 52, from malaria, was a left-hand batsman who played four Tests for India, against New Zealand and Australia, in 1969-70. He scored a fighting 48 in his first Test innings, but did little thereafter. However, he was an effective Ranji Trophy player for almost two decades: perhaps the most talented left-hander to come from Bengal. He was a Bengal selector for 15 years and was credited for spotting the talent of Sourav Ganguly. He was also a national selector from 1984 to 1986. Roy was a nephew of the Indian opening batsman Pankaj Roy.
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In his youth, Ambar Roy was one of the most promising cricketers in the land. A dashing left-hand strokeplayer, Roy made an impressive Test debut. In his first innings, against New Zealand at Nagpur in 1969-70, he outshone even Farokh Engineer while sharing an eighth-wicket partnership of 73 runs in a losing cause. Roy scored 48 with ten fours. But he achieved little of note in the three further Tests he played, against New Zealand and Australia, the same season and was not considered thereafter.
However Roy remained a tower of strength to the Bengal batting throughout the sixties and seventies, besides leading them for several years. In the Ranji Trophy alone, Roy scored 3817 runs (49.57) and in a first-class career that stretched almost two decades, he scored 7163 runs (43.15) with 18 centuries. A nephew of Pankaj Roy, Roy for many years represented East Zone in the national selection committee. He died suddenly following a heart attack at the age of 52.
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