On this day, December 17th, Lala Amarnath enters the 1st century for India in test cricket history
First test, Mumbai, Jan. 15-18 December 1933: England toured India in the midst of the 1933 freedom struggle. Douglas Jardine was the captain of the English team, while C.K. Nayudu led India. The home team were knocked out for 219 in the first innings, with Lala Amarnath scoring 38 goals. England replied with 438 and Bryan Valentine registered 136. Mohammad Nissar chose 5 wickets. India lost the wickets of their inaugural games - Syed Wazir Ali and Janardan Navle - early in the second inning and stumbled at 21 for 2. Lala Amarnath then teamed up with Nayudu and the pair matched 186 for the third wicket.
New Delhi. December 17th is a very special day for Indian cricket. 88 years ago today, in 1933, the first test century for India was achieved by the great player. The most important thing was that the player made his test debut. Although the Indian team was defeated by England with 9 wickets in that game. This player's name was- Lala Amarnath.
Officially, the first test match in cricket history was played in 1877, but the Indian team played its first test in 1932. The first test century from India was scored in 1933, conducted by Kamal Lala Amarnath in Mumbai. He succeeded in this feat on December 17th in the first test match of this series against England. However, India was not independent at the time.
India, playing under the captain of CK Naidu, scored 219 runs in the first innings of that game. After that, the English team scored a huge 438 runs in the first innings. India's second innings was bundled for 258 runs, which gave England a goal of just 40 runs to victory. England achieved the goal by losing 1 wicket. Lala Amarnath scored a century in the second innings. He played a brilliant innings of 118 runs, including 21 fours.
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The Indian team won the test series for the first time in 1952-53. Team India played this test series against Pakistan. The Pakistani team had come to India for the five-game test series and at the time the captain of Team India was Lala Amarnath while the Pakistani cricket team was led by Abdul Kardar. India defeated Pakistan 2-1 in the five-match Test series.
After that, Lala Amarnath played 23 more test matches, but never again scored a century with his racket. This was the only testing century on Lala's behalf in testing cricket. He scored a total of 878 runs in his testing career. He has a total of 1 century and 4 half centuries behind him. Aside from that, he also took 45 wickets in his testing career.