Five Fun Facts About Lala Amarnath on His 106th Birth Anniversary
The Quint takes a look at five interesting facts from Lala Amarnath’s international career on his 106th birthday.
Nanik Amarnath Bhardwaj, who is commonly known as Lala Amarnath, was one of India’s first cricket superstars.
Amarnath, who played 24 Tests for India, is the first Indian to score a Test hundred and the first Indian to score a Test century on debut.
The Punjab lad, who could bat, bowl, and keep wickets, would have turned 106 on Monday.
The Quint takes a look at the five interesting facts from Lala Amarnath’s international career on his 106th birth anniversary.
1. First Indian to Score a Test Century
Lala Amarnath scored India’s first Test century in the second innings of the first Test against England in 1933.
Amarnath, who scored 118 runs in 185 minutes, struck 21 boundaries in his innings. But, the century wasn’t enough as India lost to Douglas Jardine’s team by nine wickets.
2. Independent India’s First Test Captain
Lala Amarnath holds the distinction of being independent India’s first Test captain. CK Nayudu, Maharajkumar of Vizianagram and Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi were the first three captains for India, but the country’s first series after Independence was captained by Lala Amarnath.
The right-handed batsman led India against Australia down under in a five-match Test series in 1947-48.
Amarnath captained India in fifteen matches – won 2, drawn 7 and lost 6.
3. Amarnath Led India to Her First Test Series Victory
India won her first Test series in 1952 after beating Pakistan 2-1 in the five-match Test series under the leadership of Lala Amarnath.
India had played eight series prior to the Pakistan series at home and had lost seven of them.
In the series against Pakiatan, India won the first Test by an innings and 70 runs, lost the next one by an innings and 43 runs and won the third Test by 10 wickets. The last two Tests were drawn.
4. First Indian to Score a Test Century on Debut
Lala Amarnath is not only the first Indian to score a Test century, but he is also the first Indian to score a Test hundred on debut.
However, the Punjab lad, who scored 878 runs in his 24-Test match career, couldn’t score another hundred.
He ended his Test career with one hundred and four fifties.
5. Only Bowler to Get the Great Sir Don Bradman Hit Wicket
Lala Amarnath, who took 45 wickets in his Test career, is the only bowler to get the great sir Donald Bradman hit wicket.
In the first Test againt Australia in 1947, Bradman fell to Amarnath after scoring a mighty 185 in 336 balls.
Bradman got out 70 times in his career, but hit his stumps only once.
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