Samir Chakrabarti was a very proficient bowler © Getty Images (representational image)
Samir Chakrabarti was a very proficient bowler © Getty Images (representational image)

Former Bengal player Samir Chakrabarti has expired at the age of 72. He was a right-arm batsman and a right-arm bowler. He enjoyed a career spanning 41 First-Class games over 10 years from the period between 1965 to 1975. He made his debut for Services and played majority of his games for them. Of the 41 matches he played 20 games for them. He also played 10 games for his native Bengal and the rest of his game were distributed among teams like East Zone, Indian Board President’s XI, North Zone, Railways, Rest of India and a Services XI. He had amazing statistics taking 139 wickets in his career with four fifers.

He had a stunning average of 22.27 with the ball and an economy rate of 2.53. His batting average was not a scratch on his bowling however. In 44 innings he managed just 97 runs at an astonishingly low average of 3.73. He has a high score of 22 and his average was boosted a bit by the fact that he was not out in 18 of his innings. Nevertheless, his bowling figures indicate he was a big asset for any team he played in.

Though he played most of his games for Services with distinction, statistics suggest he was most at home when playing for Bengal. In just 10 matches for his native state side, Chakrabarti took 45 wickets at an average of 17.44 and two of his four fifers came for that team. In regard of his achievements he was awarded a life-time honorary award by Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).