He played vital roles, both in the arenas of Test cricket and one-day internationals. His talent got its finest expression, when his marvellous bowling gifted India, its win over England, at Mumbai in 1981.
Madan Lal, as the saviour of nation's reputation and prestige was discernible, when he fantastically, forged ahead to 74, against Pakistan at Bengaluru in 1983. This man himself attested his genius in the crucial and historical one-day Final of the 1983 World Cup. He promptly grabbed three important wickets, and left the batting strength of the West Indies Team shattered. He is respected as one of the heroes, who paved the way for India to reach the desired destination of the World Cup, in 1983 Final.
Madan Lal, rose to prominence, owing to his impressive feats in the domestic cricket. He was invited to join the outgoing team, for the tour of England, 1974. He shone as a significant player of the Indian Team, till the 1977-78 expedition to Australia.
For sometimes, Madan Lal stayed way from cricket, due to some reasons. He made a comeback in the series against England in 1981-82. He once again demonstrated wonderful merit as a cricketer. He cemented his foothold in the Indian Team, till, 1985. The younger generation of medium pacers substituted him, but somehow his talent did not die away. He retained his prowess. He was summoned back to play for two Tests in England in 1986. He was not a member of the travelling team. Rather, he was attached to league cricket, wherein he fared well.
This skilled cricketer created a name for himself in domestic cricket. At the domestic level, Madan Lal was an achiever of runs and more consistently, of wickets. Many a time, he has rescued his team, from, crisis, by picking up opponent's wickets, at the right moment. His all over performance -data matches of the Ranji Trophy, divulges a total of 5270 runs and 351 wickets, a legacy to the history of national cricket.
His retirement did not end his intimacy with cricket. He was appointed as the coach of the team and later the senior squad. He was also included in the Selection Committee of 2000 and 2001.
Madan Lal, having represented India, in 31 Test matches, had attained a cumulative total of 1,042 runs, with an average of 22.65. He has a prized possession of 71 wickets, at 40.08, and a complementary, record of 15 catches.
This man, in love with cricket, has rewarded to this game, some of its remarkable moments of outstanding play shots.
(Last Updated on : 22-07-2014)
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