Lala Amarnath family's third generation makes first-class debut

Apr 11, 2013, 00:29 IST | PTI

Following in the footsteps of his legendary grandfather Lala Amarnath, Digvijay Amarnath has made his foray into cricket with a first-class debut in Sri Lanka.

Lala, who scored India's first ever Test Century and later on went on to lead India, was a father figure in Indian Cricket. Then came his eldest son Surinder, who captained the Indian Schoolboys Test Team and later went on to score a century on Test debut like his father.

The duo gave India the unique record of the only father and son to Score a 100 on debut in Test Cricket. They were followed by Mohinder, who played a leading role in India's first ever World Cup win in 1983.

Now the third generation of the Amarnath family has stepped on to the cricket field with the 22-year-old son of Surinder, Digvijay, making his first class debut. Before that, Digvijay was selected to train at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai as a batsman last year.

Digvijay, a left-hander like his father, was called for a Ranji trial by Goa Cricket Association after which he was inducted in the probables camp. Post this stint, Digvijay went back to MRF and started his training where a coach from Sri Lanka spotted him batting in the nets and was quick to invite Digvijay to play first-class cricket. Digvijay was signed up by Baduraliya Cricket Club to play in the three-day Premier League tournament.

He displayed promise by scoring a patient 62 right in just his second first-class game. He is now back from Sri Lanka and is hopeful of getting a break in India.

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