Full Name

Sarodindu Nath Banerjee

Born

October 03, 1911, Calcutta (now Kolkata), Bengal

Died

October 14, 1980, Calcutta (now Kolkata), Bengal, (aged 69y 12d)

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm fast medium

TEAMS

In the long list of unlucky Indian cricketers, Shute Banerjee would probably find pride of place. He toured England in 1936 and 1946 without playing a Test. He played an unofficial `Test' as early as 1935 against Jack Ryder's Australian team, was good enough to play in three `Tests' against Lord Tennyson's team two years later, and also played one `Test' against the Australian Services team in 1945. But his full Test career was limited to just one appearance, by which time he was 35. A right-arm medium-fast bowler who thrived on hard work, Banerjee played in the shadow of Nissar and Amar Singh on the 1936 tour and ten years later, unluckily still did not get a chance. In his only Test, he was well past his best and yet took 1 for 73 and 4 for 54, bringing the West Indian innings to a quick end with an inspired spell. Yet, Banerjee has a claim to fame - as a batsman. A more than useful tailender, he had his moment in the sun at the Oval in 1946. He and Chandu Sarwate added 249 runs in 190 minutes for the last wicket for the Indian tourists against Surrey. Sarwate made 124 not out, Banerjee, going in last, scored 121 and it is still the only time in first-class cricket that Nos. 10 and 11 have scored centuries. In a first-class career that stretched almost 30 years, Banerjee took 381 wickets (26.61) and scored 3671 runs (20.50) with five centuries. His best bowling in an innings was 8 for 25 for Nawanagar against Maharashtra in 1941-42 and his highest score was 138 for Bihar against Bengal in 1952-53. He led Bihar in the Ranji Trophy for about 15 years.
Partab Ramchand

Remembered chiefly, for his amazing tenth-wicket stand of 249 with Sarwate for the Indians against Surrey in 1946, Shute Nath Banerjee, who died in Calcutta on October 14, aged 67, played in only one Test, against West Indies at Bombay, 1948-49, taking 5 for 127 in the match (a wicket with his fifth ball). He toured England in 1936 and 1946, and impressed in home matches against Ryder's Australian touring team, Tennyson's XI and the Australian Services side with his hostility with the ball.
Wisden Cricket Monthly

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50s6sCtSt
Test1201386.5000100
FC13820929371513820.63511740
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test1227312754/545/12725.402.7954.60100
FC13818839102743858/2526.683.2748.90152
Shute Banerjee portrait
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Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
Span
1931/32 - 1959/60

Photos


Chandu Sarwate and S. Banerjee
CS Nayudu, Shute Banerjee and Chandu Sarwate examine bats during a visit to Stuart Surridge's bat factory
Shute Banerjee
Chandu Sarwate and Shute Banerjee resume their last-wicket stand
The 1946 Indian touring squad
Lala Amarnath, Nawab of Pataudi snr and Shute Banerjee arrive in England for the 1946 India tour