Nanik Amarnath Bhardwaj
(commonly known as Lala Amarnath
; 11 September 1911 – 5 August 2000) was an Indian Test cricketer
. He was the first cricketer to score a Test century for the Indian cricket team
, which he achieved on debut. He was also independent India's first Test captain
, leading the team on a tour of Australia in 1947-1948.
Amarnath was born in Kapurthala
, and was raised in Lahore
He played his debut match against England
in 1933 on the Bombay Gymkhana
grounds in South Bombay
. Amarnath also played for the Hindus
in the Bombay Quadrangular
. Aside from being a tenacious batsman, Lala Amarnath was also a bowler
of some repute and was the only bowler to dismiss Donald Bradman hit wicket
Amarnath was controversially sent back from the 1936 tour of England by the captain, the Maharajkumar of Vizianagram
, for "indiscipline". Amarnath and others allege it was due to politics.
When the Partition of India
took place in August 1947, Amarnath and his family had to flee the city to escape a Muslim mob. He lived in Patiala
in the Indian state
of Punjab till 1957, when he moved to the capital, Delhi
. Amarnath is widely respected for reaching out to bridge the divide between players and fans of India and Pakistan, caused by political tensions between the two countries.
Amarnath as captain was complimented for being straightforward and aggressive, and possessing great tactical acumen. Under his leadership, India won its first-ever Test against the......