Early Life of Lall Singh
Lall Singh was born on 16 December 1909. Lall Singh's chief claim to fame is that he was the first outstanding Indian fieldsman. The fame of Lall Singh rests on his brilliant fielding which he displayed in India's first Test tour of England in 1932.
Lall Singh played in the only test series of British Colonial times. He was one of the team member of 1932 Test team that was captained by Maharaja of Porbandar, that toured England on behalf of colonial India.
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Test Career of Lall Singh
Lall Singh had been invited to attend the Test trials by the Indian cricket board in 1931. T The Indians in Malaysia raised a fund to send him for the trials in Patiala. He was not qualified to play for Independent India on birth and residential qualifications. It was because; he was born and brought up in modern Malaysia. As of 2006, he was the only Malaysian-born Test cricketer, who played for British ruled colonial India.
When England toured India in the year 1933 to 1934, Lall Singh was ruled ineligible even though he had been in India for two years.
During the rule of British Government in India, he played for Southern Punjab for two seasons, and returned to Malaysia where he lived out his life as a grounds-man.
Lall Singh played 13 matches for the Federated Malay States and Malaya, scoring 722 runs and taking 34 wickets. At that time, Malaya was included in the Government of India. He was one of oldest players to attend the Golden Jubilee Test in Bombay (Mumbai) in 1980 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Lall Singh retired from the Indian Colonial Cricket from Malaya Group and left to Paris where he opened a night club with his wife, a singer from the Taj Mahal Hotel, before returning to Malaysia.
Lall Singh died on 19th November 1985.
(Last Updated on : 14-08-2014)
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