Soumya Sarkar

Bangladesh
Age
February 25, 1993 (28 years)
Role
All Rounder
Birth Place
Satkhira
Batting Style
Left Handed
Nationality
Bangladesh
Bowling Style
Right-arm medium fast

A talented Bangladesh all-rounder, Soumya Sarkar burst onto the international scene as an explosive top-order batsman who could be handy in limited-overs cricket. Having trained at the biggest sports institute in Bangladesh, BKSP in Savar, Soumya Sarkar was 21 years old when he first played for his country.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
94
55
41
Bowling
-
-
-

Team played

Bangladesh, Bangladesh A, Khulna Division, Bangladesh Under-19, Chattogram Challengers, Dhaka Gladiators, Rangpur Rangers, Bangladesh Central Zone, Bangladesh South Zone, Bangladesh Under-23, Bangladesh Under-23, Prime Bank Cricket Club, Victoria Sporting Club, Abahani Limited, Legends of Rupganj, Cumilla Warriors, Gazi Group Cricketers, Rajshahi Royals, Agrani Bank Cricket Club, Kandahar Knights, Bangladesh Emerging, Najmul XI

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
67
63
3
1837
127*
30.62
1937
94.84
2
12
211
44
T20I
53
53
4
937
62*
19.12
731
128.18
0
3
93
37
Test
16
28
1
802
149
29.7
1373
58.41
1
4
105
9
IPL
0
0
0
0
-
-
0
-
0
0
0
0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
67
17
381
367
10
3/56
5.78
36.7
38.1
0
0
0
T20I
53
13
150
263
6
2/29
10.52
43.83
25
0
0
0
Test
16
12
508
336
4
2/68
3.97
84
127
0
0
0
IPL
0
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0

He was immediately identified as a promising player for the future given his immense talent and a rare all-round quality of batting in the top-order and bowling medium pace. A member of the 2010 and 2012 Under-19 World Cups, Sarkar hit a double hundred in a List A game between these two World Cups that gave him immediate attention at the national level.

Soumya Sarkar’s ODI Career

As expected, Soumya Sarkar first made an impression on the audience in One Day Internationals. With his extravagant playing style and handy medium pace, Sarkar was regarded as a useful cricketer who could perform some quick runs up the order alongside the experienced Tamim Iqbal. Soumya Sarkar made his ODI debut in December 2014 against Zimbabwe at Dhaka but did not bowl in the game. Since then, he has played 55 ODIs to date, amassing 1728 runs at an average of 33.88 with two hundreds. His runs, at a strike rate close to 100, made him a one-of-a-kind cricketer in Bangladesh limited-overs setup. In List A cricket, Soumya Sarkar has made a double century and averages 33.54 with six centuries. He has just nine wickets at international level and his all-round ability hasn’t been really used to the fullest. He has played for his country in the 2015 and 2019 World Cups but has only managed to score a single half-century – against New Zealand in Hamilton in 2015. In the 2019 World Cup match against Australia, he picked up a three-wicket haul.

T20I Career

Soumya Sarkar’s great skills at the top positions and ability to chip in with overs in the middle order made him an attractive prospect for the shortest format of the game. He has played in 50 T20Is after making his debut in 2015 against Pakistan at Dhaka. Despite Soumya Sarkar being run out for a duck in his first game at T20I level, the selectors were confident about the player’s skill set and what he had to offer to the Bangladesh limited-overs sides. In 50 T20Is, Soumya Sarkar has scored 885 runs at an average below 20 with two half-centuries. Numbers suggest that Soumya Sarkar hasn’t quite achieved his fullest potential during the five years of international cricket. He was expected to be a force at the top of the order but the runs just haven’t come by. His all-round ability has also remained underused as he has only bowled in 14 of the 50 T20Is, taking just six wickets. He has played in 10 T20 World Cup games, averaging a measly 10.71.

Soumya Sarkar’s Test Career

Interestingly, it is Test cricket in particular where Soumya Sarkar has managed to prove his worth. The all-rounder has been a useful player in Test cricket in his so far short career. Sarkar made his Test debut against Pakistan at Khulna in 2015. 

He was considered someone who could give the innings a quick boost as a top-order batsman like in T20Is and ODIs. However, he has also been tried at the lower-order positions in the format. In 15 Tests played to date, Soumya Sarkar has achieved 818 runs at an average close to 30 including a hundred and four half-centuries. His best of 149 came against New Zealand in New Zealand in 2019. He also had a successful tour of the country in 2017 where he made an 86 at Christchurch in his first innings played there. He has taken just three wickets in Test cricket but has bowled a lot more compared to ODIs and T20Is.

The fact that he has played only 15 Tests in five years points out the inconsistency in his selection over the years. After a good year in 2019 in the longest format of the game, with an average of 38.33, Sarkar could definitely appear much more in Test cricket.

Franchise Cricket

Despite being a T20 player, Soumya Sarkar has only played in the Bangladesh Premier League and Afghanistan Premier League when it comes to franchise cricket. In 127 T20 games, he has 2131 runs and 26 wickets and hasn’t quite lived up to his reputation.