Called the selectors a clown, even after breaking his teeth, he stood firm, this Indian stalwart became the hero of the World Cup final
The Indian cricket team won the World Cup title for the first time in 1983. The Indian team, captained by Kapil Dev, shocked the entire cricket world and made it to the final for the first time and won the distinction of becoming the world champion by defeating the two-time world champion and the strongest team West Indies there. The Indian team's victory in that World Cup had many heroes, but there was also a stalwart who, despite his performances, often could not get the lime-light it deserved. These were the stars of the Indian cricket team - Mohinder Amarnath. Today is the birthday of Mohinder Amarnath, one of the most prominent Indian batsmen of the 1970s and 1980s. The biggest hero of the 1983 World Cup final has turned 71 today.
The younger son of the great Indian all-rounder and independent India's first cricket captain Lala Amarnath, Mohinder was born on this day in 1950 in Patiala, Punjab. Growing up in a cricketing environment, Mohinder along with his elder brother Surinder Amarnath took up the sport and soon after making a name for himself in first-class cricket, Mohinder made his debut in the Indian team at the age of 19. Was. In this Test against Australia in Chennai, Mohinder could only score 16 runs and was dismissed for 0 in the second innings.
After such a start, Mohinder had to wait for 6 years to return to the team. He returned to the team in 1976 and then he became an important part of the team. In the Perth Test against Australia in 1977, Mohinder showed his fighting spirit by scoring 90 in the first innings and then scoring a brilliant century in the second innings. This was Mohinder's first Test century. He gradually became the most trusted batsman of the Indian middle order.
Teeth broken, head cracked, jaw also moved, but did not give up
These features of Mohinder's batting are known from the fact that many fast bowlers targeted his body and inflicted injury, yet the Indian batsman never gave up. New Zealand fast bowler Richard Hadlee had broken his head on a bouncer in a match, which resulted in a fracture. At the same time, he fainted due to the injury on the ball of former Pakistani captain Imran Khan. Windies pacer Malcolm Marshall's ball broke his teeth, while Australia's stormy bowler Jeff Thomson shook his jaw. Despite all this, he never gave up and used to face these bowlers fiercely and also taught them a lesson.
Joker told the selectors
However, despite this, the selectors of the Board of Control for Cricket in India often dropped him from the team. He often clashed with the selectors and board officials, which also affected his selection. Like his father Lala Amarnath, he also did not hesitate to express his views. This is the reason why he once even told the selectors a 'group of clowns' due to being dropped from the team.
Most special hero of world cup win
In 1983, the biggest achievement of Indian cricket came with the World Cup victory, in which Mohinder contributed brilliantly. In the first semi-final against England, Mohinder took 2 wickets in 12 overs and contributed 46 runs as well. Then scored 26 runs against the world champion West Indies in the final, taking only 12 runs in 7 overs, taking 3 important wickets, which helped India win the World Cup for the first time. He was the player of the match in the semi-finals and the final.
Such was the international cricket career of Mohinder
Mohinder played international cricket for India for a long time. During this, he was a part of Team India in 69 Test matches, in which he scored 4378 runs at an average of 42.5. In the middle order, Mohinder also scored 11 centuries and 24 half-centuries. Also took 32 wickets with a slow medium pace. At the same time, in 85 ODIs, Mohinder scored 1924 runs at an average of 30.53, which included 2 centuries and 13 half-centuries. Along with this, 46 wickets also came in his account.