Flowery Field is delighted to announce the signing of former IPL star Shreevats Goswami for their 2022 Greater Manchester Cricket League campaign.
India U19 star
Goswami is an explosive top-order batter playing for Bengal in India. He boasts a tremendous record across the three formats, following a glittering career for India Under-19s.
After scores of 104 and 97 in the tri-series tour of South Africa in 2008, he played an integral role in India’s ICC Under-19 World Cup triumph in Malaysia, scoring a crucial 58 in the semi-final against a testing New Zealand attack.
Ranji and IPL selection
Goswami made his first-class debut later that year and, in between, earned an IPL contract with the Royal Challengers Bangalore, with whom he spent three seasons. Following limited match play in 2010, he was recruited by the Knight Riders in 2011, then the Rajasthan Royals in 2012 before a return to the IPL in 2018, joining runners-up, the Sunrisers.
Bengal run machine
Alongside his IPL exploits, Goswami was making waves in both first-class and List A for Bengal. In 2014/15 he struck 408 runs at 40.80 (alongside 490 List A runs at 81.66 with 2 centuries) then followed-up with his maiden first-class century the following season (112*). He enjoyed another barnstorming 2016/17 season, which included two centuries and a career-best 225* amongst 492 runs at 54.66 in Ranji Trophy cricket.
However, he suffered a couple of lean seasons and was subsequently dropped, but returned to the Ranji fold in 2020/21, after an impressive Vijay Hazare Trophy (List A) campaign the previous season, scoring 342 runs at 48.85.
Drakes dominance for Delph
The talented Indian run-machine, who doubles as a gifted keeper, is now set to return to the UK in 2022, after a four-year absence, following successful stints with Drakes Huddersfield powerhouse Delph and Dobcross (2016-17). During this period, he averaged well over 50 and was instrumental in the club’s success courtesy of his attacking stroke-play.
Now set for GMCL stint
Gowsmani, who also holds a UKCC level 2, is set to play for Flowery Field for their 2022 Greater Manchester Cricket League campaign.