West Bengal has produced some of the greatest sports personalities over the last few decades. Even though football remains one of the most loved games in Kolkata, the state has a rich tradition of cricket as well. Right from Sourav Ganguly to Wriddhiman Shaha or new kid in the block – Ananta Saha, West Bengal never had a dearth of cricket talents. While Ganguly remains one of the best skippers of India, many players are immensely talented and played the games with utmost love and dedication.
Hailing from the southern part of Kolkata, Avishek Bhattacharjee is one such player who lives and breathes for cricket. A political science graduate from Asutosh College, he started playing cricket from a very young age. He is primarily known for his explosive batting. But he can also bowl some fiery Yorkers which can put the best of the batsmen in trouble. As the entire country is right now under lockdown, like others, Avishek is also spending his quarantine time with his family. In a candid chat with CrickStories, He shared his love-affair with the game since childhood. “I played a lot of first-class cricket. I exactly don’t remember the stats as back then it was not there. But I played 2nd division cricket for 7 long years. I started playing school cricket from class 7 and also managed captaincy for 4 years,” said Bhattacharjee.
He added, “In total, I have played lots of cricket. I have made around 7 tons and an uncountable number of half-centuries. Apart from that I also played the role of a medium pace bowler.” Avishek is also a known face in Corporate cricket circles. He played a few explosive knocks. So far he played 3 matches, where he scored 189 runs with a stunning strike rate of 164.35.
What’s the highest and lowest point of your career? Avishek believes it’s difficult to point out. But overall it’s been a wonderful journey which he enjoyed.