Laxmi Ratan Shukla
6 May 1981 |
Liluah, West Bengal, India
|Batting style||Right hand bat|
|Bowling style||Right arm medium fast|
|ODI debut (cap 119)||22 March 1999 v Sri Lanka|
|Last ODI||5 September 1999 v West Indies|
Source: Cricinfo, 13 May 2013
Laxmi Ratan Shukla pronunciation (help·info) (Bengali : লক্ষ্মী রতন শুক্লা ; born May 6, 1981) is an Indian cricketer. He is a right-handed middle-order batsman and a right-arm medium-pace bowler. He represents Bengal cricket team. He is also a player in the IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders
Shukla was born in Howrah, West Bengal, India and did his schooling at Shree Hanumaan Jute Mill Hindi High School and the Don Bosco High & Technical School, Liluah. He caught attention in the Ranji Trophy in the 1997-98 season, and rose to prominence for performing well for the Indian under-19s team in the MTN Youth World Cup in South Africa. He was a part of the Bengal team in the Wills Trophy, in which they got to the semi-final. In 2000 he was picked for the National Cricket Academy.
Because of impressive performances in domestic level Shukla got a national call in 1999. He was controversially dropped in favour of Ashish Nehra in the first Test he was selected to play, against Sri Lanka at Colombo in the Asian Test Championship, even after his name appeared in the 11-member squad flashed on the electronic scoreborad at the ground. He made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka on March 22, 1999 in Nagpur. His international career ended without any major impact. He played his last ODI against West Indies in 1999.
Vijay Hazare Trophy 2012
He was by far the brightest performer as Bengal (captained by Sourav Ganguly) won its first Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2012. In the group stage match against Jharkhand at Eden Gardens, he scored 151* from 96 balls (16 fours, 8 sixes) to chase down Jharkhand's score of 280/6 in just 38.1 overs. In the next match against Tripura at the Jadavpur University Sports Complex, after being bowled out to only 198 in 49 overs, he took 4/37 (and Sanjib Sanyal took 4/33 from his 8 overs) to bowl out Tripura for just 168 in 37.4 overs. In the quarter final, he took 2/37 against Madhya Pradesh. He took the wicket of Punjab's highest scorer Mandeep Singh (66) in the semifinal. In the final against Mumbai led by Ajit Agarkar, he took 4/38 (including openers Wasim Jaffer and Ajinkya Rahane) to bowl out Mumbai for only 248, and then chased it down with an 107* of 83 ball-partnership with Anustup Majumdar. He scored 106* from 90 balls, and Anustup Majumdar scored 50* from 45 balls to win the Vijay Hazare Trophy with 23 balls to spare.
Vijay Hazare Trophy 2013
Following his success as an all rounder in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2012, he was made the captain of Bengal in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2013. He started the tournament brilliantly, taking 5/34 and thus restricting Odisha to only 175, and winning the match by 11 runs.