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Amar Singh      

Full name Ladhabhai Nakum Amar Singh

Born December 4, 1910, Rajkot, Gujarat

Died May 21, 1940, Jamnagar, Gujarat (aged 29 years 169 days)

Major teams India, Hindus, Maharaja of Patiala's XI, Nawanagar, Western India

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Education Alfred High School

Relation Brother - L Ramji, Nephew - VL Nakum

Ladhabhai Nakum Amar Singh
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 7 14 1 292 51 22.46 0 1 2 3 0
First-class 92 150 12 3344 140* 24.23 5 18 77 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 7 13 2182 858 28 7/86 8/141 30.64 2.35 77.9 1 2 0
First-class 92 23689 9286 506 8/23 18.35 2.35 46.8 42 14
Career statistics
Test debut England v India at Lord's, Jun 25-28, 1932 scorecard
Last Test England v India at The Oval, Aug 15-18, 1936 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1931-1940
Profile

"There is no better bowler in the world today than Amar Singh,'' said Len Hutton in an informal chat with pressmen at Madras in 1970. It was 34 years since the legendary England opening batsman had faced the Indian medium pace bowler while playing for Yorkshire. And it is the perfect tribute to Amar Singh that Hutton still remembered the hard time that the Indian, then a member of the 1936 Indian team, gave him. Another England great Wally Hammond described Amar Singh's bowling as "he came off the pitch like the crack of doom". Indeed, Amar Singh, along with Md Nissar was the first great Indian bowler for his accuracy, stamina and ability to make the ball move alarmingly off the air or cut it devastatingly off the pitch. He played in all the seven Tests before the war. In the first Test in 1932 he took four wickets and hit an attacking 51, coming in at No 9. Against England in 1933-34, he was the country's best bowler taking four for 106 off 54.5 overs in the second Test at Calcutta. In the final Test at Madras, in the absence of Nissar, he had to work overtime and rose to the occasion with a bag of seven for 86 off 44.4 overs in the first innings. Going in at No. 4, he scored a hard hitting 48. Amar Singh was however at his best in England where the conditions suited him. In 1932, he took 111 wickets (20.78) and made 641 runs (22.89) in the first class matches. By 1936 he was a popular Lancashire League professional and was released only for a few games for the Indian touring team. In the first Test, he took 6 for 35 in the first innings. In the second Test he again displayed his batting prowess by hitting an unbeaten 48 to help India draw the game. In the final Test at the Oval he scored a valuable 44 going in at No. 4 thus proving beyond doubt that he could be classified as an allrounder. At home, he was at his best against Lord Tennyson's team in 1937-38 when he bagged 36 wickets (16.66) in the five unofficial Tests. In a short but brilliant Ranji Trophy career for Western India and Nawanagar he took 105 wickets at 15.56 apiece.

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Aug 18, 2010

Douglas Jardine edges a ball from Amar Singh past slips, England v India, Only Test, Lord's, 3rd day, June 28, 1932

Douglas Jardine edges a ball from Amar Singh past slips

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Apr 10, 2004

Amar Singh

Amar Singh

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Apr 10, 2004

Amar Singh

Amar Singh

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