Former Bengal cricketer dead

Kolkata, Nov 12 (IANS) Former Bengal left-hander Badal Dutta died here on Saturday following old age complications, Cricket Association of Bengal sources said. He was 92.

Born in June 21, 1924 at Sylhet (in present Bangladesh), Dutta was an elegant left hander who could bowl slow left-arm orthodox.

In his first class career spanning 1944-45 to 1955-56, Dutta scored 1,459 runs with a highest of 143.

He averaged 29.77 with the bat, scored four centuries and five 50s, and held 12 catches.

He captured 41 wickets at 37.09, and his best innings figures were 5 for 52.