A batsman who scored his first century in Tests for India, a bowler who also holds the record for hit wicket-outs for the great Don Bradman. A captain who led India to the first test series against Pakistan. The player in whose name Indian cricket still shines like a new ball in a test match. The player who got the command of the independent Indian cricket team and is still in the name of the whole world cricket is Lala Amarnath, the first captain of independent India. Although CK Nayudu, Maharajkumar, and Iftikar Ali Khan Pataudi were India’s first 3 captains, Lala Amarnath took over as Team India after India’s independence. Born on 11 September 1911 in Kapurthala, Lala Amarnath is celebrating his birthday today, his full name is Nanik Amarnath Bhardwaj. So let’s know some special stories related to them…
In 1947, Akhand India was broken into pieces, followed by a country called Pak. Even today when there is a match between the two countries, it crosses all limits of adventure. Lala Amarnath was the first captain of India to defeat Pakistan badly. After the partition of the country, the situation gradually normalized between India and Pakistan. In 1952, under his leadership, Team India defeated Pakistan in the Test series. This was the first Test series of the visiting Pakistan team in India. India won the 5-match series 2-1. India won the first and third Tests in the series, while Pakistan won the second and the last two Tests ended in draws. Before the series, the Indian team had played 8 home series, out of which 7 had to face defeat.
The noise was just one name Lala Amarnath: Let us tell you that on 15 December 1933, Lala Amarnath scored a century in a Test match before his cricket career. Lala Amarnath also completed his century in the first Test against England in the second innings of the match at Mumbai. He scored a century at the Gentle Old Gymkhana Ground in Bombay. He scored 118 runs in 185 minutes with the help of 21 fours. He scored 83 runs in just 78 minutes, beating everyone from fast bowlers to spinners, completing his century in 117 minutes. The strike rate was then calculated by the minutes. Till that time, no Indian cricketer had scored a century in a Test match. England would have won the match, but the noise was of the same name and that was Lala Amarnath.
Not only this, Lala Amarnath was a stylish batsman and had also won the title of attacking bowler. He used to bowl with very precise line length, Sir Don Bradman is the only bowler in the world to hit wicket. In 1947, Amarnath dismissed Bradman as a hit wicket in the middle of the Brisbane Test. Bradman, who was dismissed 70 times in his career, was out hit wicket only once. Bradman scored 185 runs in 336 balls.
According to reports, Amarnath scored 878 runs in 24 Tests at an average of 24.38 with 1 century and 4 half-centuries. He also took 45 wickets at an average of 32.91, scored over 10,000 runs in 186 first-class matches and took 463 wickets at an excellent average of 22.98.