Cooch Behar Trophy: The Turning Point Of an Under 19 Cricketer’s Career

Why Under 19 cricket aspirants hold high regard for the Cooch Behar Trophy and how it can transform the career of cricketers.

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The buzz over the recent Cooch Behar trophy’s final cricket match has not yet subsided. Team Haryana drew a lot of attention for winning the Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy after 22 years. This year’s tournament became more interesting with the defeat of Mumbai, based on a first-innings lead taken by Haryana’s Under 19 cricket team at Eden Gardens of Kolkata. 

Does the trophy’s name pique your interest in learning more about its history and evolution? Keep reading.

Several domestic tournaments in India are named after famous personalities, like the Ranji Trophy and the Duleep Trophy. But Cooch Behar trophy is named after the name of a district in West Bengal. But why? What connection does Cooch Behar have with cricket? To learn more about the relevance of cooch behar with cricket, let’s move ahead with the article.

The Cooch Behar & Royal Connection of the Trophy

The Koch dynasty of the Koch tribe ruled over Cooch Behar, a part of which was under the Kamarupa Kingdom of Assam. Later, Bhutan’s king invaded and conquered Cooch Behar in 1772–1773.

This heritage city of West Bengal is situated in the eastern Himalayan foothills. After driving out the Bhutanese, the British East India Company then restored Cooch Behar to its former status as a princely kingdom. The city of Cooch Behar (Cooch Behar) underwent a transformation from a princely state to its current status after August 20, 1949. 

The royal family patronized cricket. Thus, they donated trophies and started this tournament. From 1945-46, the Cooch Behar Trophy became India’s prestigious domestic cricket competition. Earlier, this trophy was held as a school competition. But later, in the year 1987-88, it changed to an under-19 competition. 

Cooch Behar under 19 tournament is one of the key national tournaments that attract young players from different states. Hence, this tournament plays a crucial role in the selection of Under 19 and senior Indian cricket team players.

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Why is Cooch Behar Trophy Important?

The Cooch Behar Trophy can act as launching pad for Under 19 and cricket team India. Cooch Behar trophy is a national tournament that has four day tournament for under 19 players. 

This trophy offers an opportunity to Under 19 cricketers to face state teams at national level.

What is the Format of the Cooch Behar Trophy?

The Cooch Behar Trophy now has a new format. It originally began as a two-or three-day competition amongst school teams from various zones, but it has since developed into a four-day competition featuring Under-19 teams from various states. With the exception of Railways and Services, every Ranji Trophy team fields sides. There are four groups; each group consists of 6 states. These four groups of the sides play round-robin games against one another. Quarterfinals, semifinals, and a final are played after the group matches are finished.

Prominent Players Who Got Recognition after Playing Cooch Behar Trophy

In 1988–89, Sachin Tendulkar, aka “Our Cricket God,” played for Mumbai’s under 19 cricket team and made 214 runs. His performance played a significant role in his other selection in first-class cricket. Within a year of the cooch Behar tournament, Sachin Tendulkar played their first international test match.

The success story of Cooch Behar players doesn’t end here. Some of India’s finest cricketers, including Sunil Gavaskar, Virat Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Shikhar Dhawan, and MS Dhoni, participated in the Cooch Behar Competition. It won’t be wrong to state that their success at the under-19 tournaments resulted in their selection in India’s senior cricket team.

Apart from them, many well-known test players also have competed for this trophy in their youth. Some of them are Budhi Kunderan, Rusi Surti, Ashok Mankad, Karsan Ghavri, and Mohinder Amarnath.

Can Cooch Behar Help Players to Secure Place in Under 19 World Cup?

Tournaments like Cooch Behar and Ranji play a critical role in transforming the professional career of the cricketers. Several Under 19 state cricket teams compete in these tournaments, and various star performers of the tournament secure a place in India’s Under 19 cricket squad. 

As we know, being under 19 is a significant milestone in a young cricketer’s career. Their professional journey starts once they secure a place in the Indian Under 19 cricket team. Take the example of Rajvardhan Hangargekar and Raj Angad Bawa. Both players are in the Under 19 Indian squad, played for cooch Behar and played IPL 2022. 

But there is another side of the coin too. Earlier, prior to the start of IPL, young cricketers used to consider Ranji, Cooch Behar, and other national tournaments a crucial platform to showcase their performance. But after the arrival of IPL and T20, more under 19 players give more importance to IPL selection.

Although, we will not say it is bad. But young cricketers should take these national tournaments seriously. We are sure by going through the logic, you will also start thinking this way.

Do all National Cricket Tournaments follow the Same Formats?

There are mainly three types of match formats – One day, Test match and T20. Not all cricketers have the same style of playing. The approach and strategy that goes well in T20, doesn’t suit test matches. Thus, by playing tournaments like Ranji, Cooch Behar, Duleep trophy and Vijay Hazare – young cricketers get more experience, and their chances of selection under international format matches goes up.

What is the Benefit of Playing Tournaments like Cooch Behar Trophy?

Tournaments provide opportunities to showcase your performance

More Under 19 tournaments a player plays, the more opportunities they get to showcase their capabilities. Take the example of Vicky Oswal. He was not selected for Cooch Behar, but he worked on his performance and secured a place in the Under 19 Indian squad. There he played in the ICC Under 19 world cup, where he performed well and his performance was highly appreciated. His hard work paid back when he debuted in IPL 2022 in Delhi Capital squad.

What is the Cooch Behar Trophy schedule for 2022-23?

Cooch Behar trophy tournament will take place between November 2022 to January 2023.

5th November 2022Tripura Vs. ChandigarhPolice Training Academy Ground, Agartala
5th November 2022Tamilnadu Vs. BengalNPR College Ground, Dindigul
5th November 2022Saurashtra Vs. MaharashtraSaurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
5th November 2022Andhra Vs. HaryanaGokaraju Liala Gangaaraju ACA Cricket Ground, Mulapadu
5th November 2022Bihar Vs. OdisaMoin ul haq stadium, Patna
5th November 2022Rajsthan Vs. JharkhandBaraktulah Khan Stadium, Jodhpur
5th November 2022Uttar Pradesh Vs. KeralaVictoria Park Stadium, Meerut
5th November 2022Karnataka Vs. MumbaiAlur Cricket Stadium, Bangalore
5th November 2022J&K Vs. Himachal PradeshSher E Kashmir Cricket Stadium, Srinagar
12th November 2022Assam Vs. SikkimJALAN OUTDOOR STADIUM, Dibrugarh
12th November 2022Bengal Vs. TripuraBengal Cricket Academy Ground, Kalyani
12th November 2022Gujrat Vs. TamilnaduNarendra Modi Stadium Ground ‘B’, Motera, Ahmedabad
12th November 2022Chandigarh Vs. MizoramCricket Stadium, Sector-16, Chandigarh
12th November 2022Pondicherry Vs. MaharashtraCAP Ground 2, Puducherry
12th November 2022Hyderabad Vs. SaurashtraRajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
12th November 2022Haryana Vs. BiharChaudhry Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium, Lahli
12th November 2022Vidarbha Vs. AndhraVCA KALAMNA, Nagpur
12th November 2022Manipur Vs. OdisaNarendra Modi Stadium Ground ‘A’, Motera, Ahmedabad
12th November 2022Jharkhand Vs. KeralaTATA Digwadih Stadium, Dhanbad
12th November 2022Rajasthan Vs. DelhiSawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
12th November 2022Uttar Pradesh Vs. NagalandSRMS Cricket Ground, Bareilly
12th November 2022J&K Vs. MumbaiHostel Ground JKCA, Jammu
12th November 2022Uttarakhand Vs. KarnatakaAbhimanyu Cricket Academy, Dehradun
12th November 2022Himachal Pradesh Vs. MeghalayaLuhnu Cricket ground, Bilaspur – HPCA
12th November 2022Arunachal Pradesh Vs. ChhattisgarhLal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Anand
12th November 2022Madhya Pradesh Vs. PunjabHolkar Stadium, Indore
12th November 2022Baroda Vs. GoaMotibaug Cricket Ground, Vadodara
19th November 2022Gujarat Vs. BengalSardar Patel Stadium, Valsad
19th November 2022Chandigarh Vs. TamilnaduCricket Stadium, Sector-16, Chandigarh
19th November 2022Mizoram Vs. TripuraGokulbhai Somabhai Patel Stadium, Nadiad
19th November 2022Maharashtra Vs. HyderabadMCA Cricket Stadium, Gahunje, Pune
19th November 2022Saurashtra Vs. AssamSaurashtra Cricket Association Stadium Ground B, Rajkot
19th November 2022Sikkim Vs. PondicherryVikash Cricket Ground, Bhubaneshwar
19th November 2022Haryana Vs. VidarbhaJR Institute of Cricket Technology, Barwala
19th November 2022Odissa Vs. AndhraBarabati Stadium, Cuttack
19th November 2022Manipur Vs. BiharGujarat College Cricket Ground ‘A’, Ahmedabad
19th November 2022Delhi Vs. JharkhandSt. Stephen’s Ground, New Delhi
19th November 2022Rajsthan Vs. Uttar PradeshJ K Pavilion International Cricket Stadium, Kota
19th November 2022Kerala Vs. NagalandKrishnagiri Stadium, Wayanad
19th November 2022Mumbai Vs. UttarakhandSachin Tendulkar Gymkhana, Kandivili, Mumbai
19th November 2022Karnataka Vs. Himachal PradeshKSCA Stadium, Hubli
19th November 2022Meghalaya Vs. J &KTBA
19th November 2022Punjab Vs. ChhattisgarhDhruv Pandove Stadium, Patiala
19th November 2022Baroda Vs. Madhya PradeshGSFC Cricket ground, Vadodara
19th November 2022Arunachal Pradesh Vs. GoaLal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Anand
26th November 2022Bengal Vs. ChandigarhEden Gardens, Kolkata
26th November 2022Tamilnadu Vs. MizoramTNCA Academy, Theni
26th November 2022Tripura Vs. GujaratPolice Training Academy Ground, Agartala
26th November 2022Maharashtra Vs. GujaratMCA Cricket Stadium, Gahunje, Pune
26th November 2022Saurashtra Vs. SikkimSaurashtra Cricket Association Stadium Ground B, Rajkot
26th November 2022Hyderabad Vs. PondicherryRajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
26th November 2022Odisa Vs. HaryanaVeer Surendra Sai Stadium, Sambalpur
26th November 2022Andhra Vs. ManipurACA Stadium,Mangalagiri, Vijayawada
26th November 2022Bihar Vs. VidarbhaMoin ul haq stadium, Patna
26th November 2022Uttar Pradesh Vs. JharkhandGreen Park Stadium, Kanpur
26th November 2022Nagaland Vs. RajasthanNagaland Cricket Stadium, Sovima
26th November 2022Kerala Vs. DelhiKrishnagiri Stadium, Wayanad
26th November 2022Himachal Pradesh Vs. MumbaiLuhnu Cricket ground, Bilaspur – HPCA
26th November 2022Meghalaya Vs. KarnatakaTBA
26th November 2022J&K Vs. UttarakhandHostel Ground JKCA, Jammu
26th November 2022Chhatisgarh Vs. BarodaSector 10 B S P Cricket Stadium, Bhilai
26th November 2022Goa Vs. Madhya PradeshGoa Cricket Association Academy, Porvorim
26th November 2022Punjab Vs. Arunachal pradeshDhruv Pandove Stadium, Patiala
3rd December 2022Bengal Vs. MizoramEden Gardens, Kolkata
3rd December 2022Tamil Nadu Vs. TripuraICL Sankar Nagar Ground, Tirunelveli
3rd December 2022Gujarat Vs. ChandigarhSardar Patel Stadium, Valsad
3rd December 2022Maharashtra Vs. SikkimIndira Gandhi Stadium, Solapur
3rd December 2022Pondicherry Vs. SaurashtraCAP Ground 2, Puducherry
3rd December 2022Assam Vs. HyderabadJALAN OUTDOOR STADIUM, Dibrugarh
3rd December 2022Haryana Vs. LahliChaudhry Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium, Lahli
3rd December 2022Andhra Vs. BiharACA Stadium,Mangalagiri, Vijayawada
3rd December 2022Odisa Vs. VidarbhaCuttack
3rd December 2022Jharkhand Vs. NagalandTATA Digwadih Stadium, Dhanbad
3rd December 2022Kerala Vs. RajasthanKrishnagiri Stadium, Wayanad
3rd December 2022Delhi Vs. Uttar PradeshJamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi
3rd December 2022Mumbai Vs. MeghalayaSachin Tendulkar Gymkhana, Kandivili, Mumbai
3rd December 2022Karnataka Vs. J&KTBA, Mysore
3rd December 2022Uttarakhan Vs. Himachal PradeshHIGHLANDERS SPORTS ACADEMY, KASHIPUR
3rd December 2022Chhatisgarh Vs. GoaSector 10 B S P Cricket Stadium, Bhilai
3rd December 2022Madhya Pradesh Vs. Arunachal PradeshM P C A Cricket Ground 1, Nimkheda, Jabalpur
3rd December 2022Baroda Vs. PunjabDhruv Pandove Stadium, Patiala

Please note that match schedule further from 10th December 2022 onward is yet to announce. For further information you can refer to our source.

Concluding on a promising note

We know how much effort each sportsman puts on the ground. This is also true like a character of a virtual gameplay, the more a budding sportsman plays, the better his performance becomes. So, make these national tournaments your stepping stone, and fulfill your dream of playing for an Indian cricket team.