The first Test of the 3-match series between India and New Zealand is currently underway at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur. The city is located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, which is easily among the largest and the most populous states in the country.
The Uttar Pradesh cricket team features regularly in the Ranji Trophy, India’s premier domestic first-class tournament and made its first appearance back in 1934. Known as the United Provinces at that point, the team got its present name after the Indian Republic was formed in 1950.
While many great Indian players like C.K. Nayudu, Lala Amarnath and Syed Mushtaq Ali have represented Uttar Pradesh briefly, the state has also given the country’s cricket some talented cricketers of its own.
Here is a look at some of them who went on to represent the national team:
6. Piyush Chawla
Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla is one of the known cricketers from Uttar Pradesh to have played for India at the highest level. Having made his international debut at the tender age of 17 in a Test match against England in 2006, Chawla has represented the national team in 3 Tests, 25 ODIs and 7 T20Is so far.
In a 10-year long career, the leggie’s most special achievement has been the World Cup winners medal which he picked up for being part of Indian squad in the 2011 edition of the tournament. The 27-year old has done decently in the ODI format with 32 wickets in 25 matches including best figures of 4 for 23.
In Tests and T20Is, though, he has claimed 7 wickets and 4 wickets respectively at averages in the high 30s. Piyush Chawla is also a popular face in the IPL and is currently one of the important members of the Kolkata Knight Riders squad.