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Lala Amarnath      

Full name Nanik Amarnath Bharadwaj

Born September 11, 1911, Kapurthala, Punjab

Died August 5, 2000, New Delhi (aged 88 years 329 days)

Major teams India, Gujarat, Hindus, Maharaja of Patiala's XI, Railways, Southern Punjab, Uttar Pradesh

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Relation Son - S Amarnath, Son - M Amarnath, Son - R Amarnath, Grandson - D Amarnath

Nanik Amarnath Bharadwaj
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 24 40 4 878 118 24.38 1 4 0 13 0
First-class 186 286 34 10426 262 41.37 31 39 96 2
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 24 35 4241 1481 45 5/96 8/167 32.91 2.09 94.2 3 2 0
First-class 186 29474 10644 463 7/27 22.98 2.16 63.6 19 3
Career statistics
Test debut India v England at Mumbai, Dec 15-18, 1933 scorecard
Last Test India v Pakistan at Kolkata, Dec 12-15, 1952 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1929-1964
Profile

Lala Amarnath scored India's first Test century and went on to become Indian cricket's patriarchal figure: as selector, manager, coach and broadcaster, as well as in a literal sense - his three sons became first-class cricketers and two played in Tests. Amarnath, a Punjabi, was also the first to kick against the stifling domination of Indian cricket by the local princes and their imperial backers. It severely damaged his career. Amarnath's figures in his 24 Tests are nothing special, but they do no justice to either his spasmodic brilliance or his enduring influence.

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Feb 18, 1961

Lala Amarnath, aged 49, in the nets before leading the Bombay Cricket Association President's XI against Pakistanis, Brabourne Stadium, Bombay, February 18, 1961

Lala Amarnath, aged 49, in the nets before leading the Bombay Cricket Association President's XI against Pakistanis in 1961-62

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Jul 29, 1946

Against Sussex at Hove on July 29, 1946 the first four batsmen of the Indian team completed centuries. The board shows the position just before the fall of the third wicket. The players from left to right are: V. Mankad who scored 105, L. Amarnath (106), Nawab of Pataudi (110 not out), V. M. Merchant (205). The score-board was presented to Sussex by the most famous of all Indian cricketers, K. S. Ranjitsinhji

V. Mankad (105), L. Amarnath (106), Nawab of Pataudi (110 not out), V. M. Merchant (205)

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Jun 26, 1946

Lala Amarnath

Lala Amarnath

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