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Sourav remembers P B Dutta as a fine left hander
19th November 2016
Cricket Association of Bengal President Sourav Ganguly today remembered former Bengal Ranji skipper Late P B Dutta as a left-hander of great elegance and style who had the capacity of pulling people to the ground.
Speaking at a condolence meeting in memory of P B Dutta aka Badal da, Sourav Ganguly said: “He was actively associated with CAB and was the chairman of the Board of Trustees, a rare distinction for a cricketer. He always thought about the welfare of CAB even after his playing days.”
“But for me personally, he was a left-handed batsman who brought people back to the ground. I was playing junior cricket when “Badal da” was a selector. That was when I got to know him personally. He had a certain classiness in the way he went about things. We are grief stricken at this loss. On behalf of CAB we wish his family our heartfelt condolence.”
Badal Dutta who passed away at the age of 92 on November 12, 2016.

Another iconic Bengal cricketer Chuni Goswami said: “I have not played Ranji Trophy with ‘Badal da’, but for about a decade we played in Mohun Bagan together. He was my captain. Thereafter we were friends for about 25 years. He loved cricket. He was a Cambridge Blue. He had four Ranji centuries that included a ton against Holkar’s team in the final here. He should have played Test cricket. He was a complete player.”
Earlier, convening the meeting CAB Jt Secretary Avishek Dalmiya said:"Bengal cricket lost one of its great sons. An elegant left hander, he has been an icon for several generations. A talent like him is hard to be replaced.”
Remembering Mr Dutta’s contribution to cricket, he said: “Mr Dutta made his First-Class debut for Bengal under the Maharaja of Cooch Behar, against the United Provinces (UP) at Eden Gardens in 1944-45.

He represented the Cambridge University Team as all- rounder against Susex in the year 1947. Dutta was adjudged as the recipient of Kartick Bose Lifetime Achievement award in 2004 in recognition of his contributions to the Bengal Cricket. He was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of this Association from 2008-09 to 2012-13.”
Badal Dutta was born June 21, 1924 at Sylhet in undivided India. He was an extremely elegant left- hander and slow left-arm orthodox bowler. “In a First-Class career spanning from 1944-45 to 1955-56, Dutta scored 1,459 runs with a highest of 143. He averaged 29.77 with the bat, scored 4 centuries and 5 fifties, and held 12 catches. He captured 41 wickets at 37.09, and his best innings figures were 5 for 52,” Avishek concluded.

A fabulous player of spin bowling and an off-break bowler himself, Dutta was one of the giants of Bengal cricket who inspired generations to take up the sport. It was difficult for me to see him for the last time, said Biswaroop Dey, Treasurer, CAB.
Late Mr Dutta’s son Amitabha Dutta expressed his thanks for calling the condolence meeting in his father’s memory. “I as deeply touched at the way glowing tribute has been paid to my father’s departed soul. Our heartfelt gratitude for all who were present in this occasion.”

Arindam Basu