Madan LAL

Madan Lal - India - Test Profile 1974 - 1986

Photo/Foto: Tony Edenden

Date: 02 May 1982

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      Right Arm Medium-fast, Right Hand Bat
      Tuesday, 20 March 1951
      Amritsar, India
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Madan LAL - India - Test Profile 1974 - 1986

Madan Lal was the typical Indian new bowler of the 1970s, a period when seamers had little to do but take the shine off the new ball. Like most of his kind he was also a good lower order batsman and, when conditions suited him, could swing and seam the ball effectively. Originally playing for the Punjab in 1968-69, he made his Test debut in England in 1974. From then until the emergence of Kapil Dev he was an Indian regular, playing in most but not all Tests. Against West Indies in 1974-75 he made 48 and took 4-22 at Calcutta when India won by 85 runs. In New Zealand in 1975-76 he had 5-134 at Christchurch and scored 45 and 55 not out in the Barbados Test of 1976. In Australia in 1977-78 he took 5-72 in Brisbane.


Madan Lal lost his place to the pacier Kapil and Ghavri for four years, returning on Keith Fletcher's England tour to India in 1981-82, when he took 5-85 and scored 44 in New Delhi. In 1982 he took 3-99 at Lord's, scored 54 against Pakistan in Faisalabad in 1982-83 and when Pakistan came to India a year later scored 74 and took 3-72 in Bangalore. He made 63 not out against West Indies at Kanpur the same season. During India's tour to England in 1986 he was called out of the Central Lancashire League to play in the second Test, scoring 20 and 22 not out and taking 3-18. He was a member of the World Cup winning team in 1983 and was bowling when Kapil took the great catch off Viv Richards that turned the match India's way. He took 3-31, the other wickets being Haynes and Gomes. In 1975 he bowled the first ball of the first World Cup. (Bob Harragan)