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The Uttar Pradesh cricket team, formerly United Provinces Cricket Team, is a domestic cricket team which is based in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, run by the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association. The team competes in the Ranji Trophy and won the tournament in 2005-06. They have won the Ranji Trophy only once and have been runners-up on five occasions. Young talents such as Suresh Raina, Mohammad Kaif, Piyush Chawla, R. P. Singh and Praveen Kumar and have passed through Uttar Pradesh and gone on to represent India.

Uttar Pradesh Cricket Team
उत्तर प्रदेश क्रिकेट टीम
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Personnel
CaptainAkshdeep Nath & Suresh Raina
CoachRizwan Shamshad
OwnerUttar Pradesh Cricket Association
Team information
Colours     Blue      White
Founded1934
Home ground
History
Ranji Trophy wins1
Irani Trophy wins0
Vijay Hazare Trophy wins1
Official website:UPCA

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Competition historyEdit

The team was formed in 1934 under the name of "United Provinces". The team's best performance in the Ranji Trophy in their early years came in 1939-40 when they finished as runners-up. In the 1950-51 season, the team's name was changed to "Uttar Pradesh".[1]

Uttar Pradesh have not been strong in the Ranji Trophy cricket for any prolonged period in their history. Their only victory in the Ranji Trophy Elite Group was in the 2005-06 season. The Ranji Trophy win was one of the most spectacular comebacks in cricketing history, since at one point of time in the season Uttar Pradesh were on the brink of relegation.

They have finished runner-up twice before, once in 1997-98 against a strong Karnataka side, and once in 1977-78 against the same team under the captaincy of Mohammad Shahid and team manager was Abdul Karim Chishti, former captain Uttar Pradesh. They finished runners-up in the 2007-08 season, reprising a performance, similar to the one witnessed in the 2005-06 season, when they came back from the brink of relegation to win the championship. This time though, they lost to Delhi in the final.

This season's stellar performers were Mohammad Kaif, their captain who finished as the season's 3rd highest run-getter, medium pacer Sudeep Tyagi,season's 2nd highest wicket taker and Praveen Kumar who took 8 wickets in the Ranji Trophy final.[2]

Their best performance in the Vijay Hazare Trophy came in 2004-05 when they were joint-winners with Tamil Nadu. In 2006 they won the Nissar Trophy, defeating Sialkot cricket team in Dharmasala. Their only appearance in the Irani Trophy came in the 2006-07 season in which they lost to the Rest of India team.

Best performances in Ranji TrophyEdit

Year Position
2008-09 Runner-up
2007-08 Winner
2005-06 Winner
1997-98 Runner-up
1977-78 Winner
1939-40 Runner-up

Famous playersEdit

Current squadEdit

Players with international caps are listed in bold.

No. Name Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Batsmen
Akshdeep Nath (1993-05-10) 10 May 1993 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast First Class and Twenty20 Captain
Plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL
Rinku Singh (1997-10-12) 12 October 1997 (age 21) Left-handed Right-arm off break Plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL
Priyam Garg (2000-11-30) 30 November 2000 (age 18) Right-handed Right-arm medium
3 Suresh Raina (1986-11-27) 27 November 1986 (age 32) Left-handed Right-arm off break List A Captain
Plays for Chennai Super Kings in IPL
Played for India C in 2018-19 Deodhar Trophy
Samarth Singh (1991-09-11) 11 September 1991 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Mohammad Saif (1996-08-30) 30 August 1996 (age 22) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Shivam Chaudhary (1997-08-04) 4 August 1997 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Madhav Kaushik (1998-01-03) 3 January 1998 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Umang Sharma (1989-10-20) 20 October 1989 (age 29) Left-handed Right-arm off break
Abhishek Goswami (1997-11-06) 6 November 1997 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Shubham Chaubey (1995-10-15) 15 October 1995 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Rahul Rawat (1996-10-03) 3 October 1996 (age 22) Left-handed Right-arm off break
Sarfaraz Khan (1997-10-27) 27 October 1997 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm leg break Plays for Kings XI Punjab in IPL
Wicket-keepers
Upendra Yadav (1996-10-08) 8 October 1996 (age 22) Right-handed
Aryan Juyal (2001-11-11) 11 November 2001 (age 17) Right-handed
Spin bowlers
Saurabh Kumar (1993-05-01) 1 May 1993 (age 26) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Played for India Blue in 2018-19 Duleep Trophy
Shiva Singh (1999-10-16) 16 October 1999 (age 19) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Ankit Chaudhary (1996-12-21) 21 December 1996 (age 22) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Zeeshan Ansari (1999-12-16) 16 December 1999 (age 19) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
Rajat Goel (1993-01-23) 23 January 1993 (age 26) Left-handed Slow left-arm chinaman
Shanu Saini Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Kuldeep Yadav (1994-12-14) 14 December 1994 (age 24) Left-handed Slow left-arm chinaman Plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL
Pace bowlers
Ankit Rajpoot (1993-12-04) 4 December 1993 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Plays for Kings XI Punjab in IPL
Played for Rest of India in 2018-19 Irani Cup
Played for India Green in 2018-19 Duleep Trophy
Yash Dayal (1997-12-13) 13 December 1997 (age 21) Left-handed Left-arm medium-fast
Shivam Mavi (1998-11-26) 26 November 1998 (age 20) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL
Imtiaz Ahmed (1985-11-10) 10 November 1985 (age 33) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Dhruv Pratap Singh (1997-11-10) 10 November 1997 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Mohsin Khan (1998-07-15) 15 July 1998 (age 20) Left-handed Left-arm medium-fast
Amit Mishra (1991-11-11) 11 November 1991 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Bobby Yadav (1997-12-22) 22 December 1997 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Mohit Jangra (1999-09-27) 27 September 1999 (age 19) Left-handed Left-arm medium
15 Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1990-02-05) 5 February 1990 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL

Coaching staffEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ranji Trophy - Historical Note, from Cricinfo.
  2. ^ Cricinfo - Records - Ranji Trophy Super League, 2007/08 - Most runs
  3. ^ "Manoj Prabhakar to coach UP Ranji team". Cricbuzz. 16 July 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2019.