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Soumya Sarkar (Bengali: সৌম্য সরকার) (born 25 February 1993) is a Bangladeshi cricketer. He is a left-handed batsman, right arm fast-medium bowler. Sarkar plays for the Rangpur Riders in the Bangladesh Premier League, Khulna Division in the National Cricket League, and Prime Bank Cricket Club in the Dhaka Premier Division.
Early and domestic career
Sarkar was born in Satkhira in a Bengali Hindu family. He was named Soumya Shanto but later the word 'Shanto' was dropped from his name. He is a top-order batsman, who was a part of the 2010 and 2012 Under-19 World Cup teams. In the 2012 Under-19 World Cup, Sarkar came into the spotlight after he ran out 'dangerous' Australia's Jimmy Peirson. He made his first-class debut for Khulna Division against Dhaka Division in the 2010–11 season.
In April 2019, in the final round of matches in the 2018–19 Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League, Sarkar scored 208 not out batting for Abahani Limited against Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club. It was the highest individual total in List A cricket in Bangladesh, and the first double century in List A cricket by a Bangladeshi batsman. Sarkar's innings also contained 16 sixes, also a record for a List A innings in Bangladesh. His record breaking innings propelled Abahani Limited to their 20th Dhaka Premier League title.
In November 2013, he was included in Bangladesh's T20 squad for a one-off game against New Zealand, but did not find a place in the final XI. Sarkar was included in the squad for Bangladesh's home series against Zimbabwe and made his debut in the final ODI in December 2014. He was subsequently named in the 2015 World Cup in Australia-New Zealand.
He made his One Day International debut for Bangladesh against Zimbabwe on 1 December 2014. Soumya got his first one-day international ton against Pakistan at Sher-e-Ban National Cricket Stadium. He represented Bangladesh in the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Soumya Sarkar holds the record along with Mohammad Kaif and Umar Akmal for taking the most catches in a single World Cup match (4). Sarkar made his Twenty20 International debut for Bangladesh against Pakistan in April 2015. On 22 April 2015, Sarkar hit his maiden ODI hundred and added 145 with Tamim Iqbal. He made his Test debut against Pakistan in April 2015.
Soumya Sarkar also played in Bangladesh's 100th Test match, where they defeated Sri Lanka on their home soil. He played a key role in that historic Test match, scoring 61 in the first innings and taking five catches, the most by any player for Bangladesh in a single Test match. Sarkar also set the record for taking the most catches for Bangladeshi in a Test innings (4).
In 2019, Soumya scored his maiden Test century against New Zealand at Seddon Park equaling Tamim Iqbal's record who also scored a century in 94 balls against England at Lord's in 2010. In April 2019, he was named in Bangladesh's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. On 24 June 2019, in the match against Afghanistan, Soumya played in his 50th ODI.
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