Skelmanthorpe has been forced to switch pros but has landed a stellar signing in the form of Indian all-rounder Debabrata Pradhan for their 2022 Drakes Huddersfield League campaign.
Pradhan is an exciting prospect playing for Odisha across the three domestic formats in India.
Recommended by former Indian Test batter, and legendary English club professional, Wasim Jaffer, Pradhan is a genuine seam bowling all-rounder with a future. He has impressed in the infancy of his domestic career with the bat, and particularly ball.
A serious prospect
A sharp-opening seam bowler, Pradhan has a reputation for taking early wickets. Recently he bagged figures of 3-13 (7) with 4 maidens in a Vijay Hazare Trophy match against the star-studded Vidarbha side, taking 3 of the top 4 wickets including Faiz Fazal, Atharva Taide, and Yash Rathod.
From prodigy to pro…
Pradhan’s journey, though, began many years ago for Odisha age-group sides, in the respective Cooch Behar, CK Nayudu, and Inter-State competitions. He excelled, culminating with senior selection in 2017. Since then, he hasn’t looked back, cementing his spot with performances with bat and ball.
It’s such a shame COVID struck at the wrong time for Pradhan, following a sensational 2019/20 Ranji Trophy campaign, where he captured 25 wickets at 23.90. Nevertheless, he has become an Odisha stand-out and will no doubt continue to excel in red-ball cricket when Ranji cricket returns in future.
Set for Skel
For now, though, the talented seam bowling all-rounder is set to embark on his maiden UK stint having recently signed with Skelmanthorpe for their 2022 Drakes Huddersfield League campaign.