Picture of Mohinder Amarnath

Mohinder Amarnath

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm medium
Played for:
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-ODI | AllRounder
Home country:
September 24, 1950, Patiala


Right from his debut in 1969, Mohinder Amarnath has seen the ups and downs of cricket like nobody else has. He had an absolute roller coaster ride with gigantic peaks and disappointing lows. Hailing from a family of Test cricketers, Amarnath too took to the game very early on. A batsman who bowled a bit of gentle medium pace, he went on to be known as the comeback man of Indian cricket thanks to the several re-entries he made into the side.

Tremendous grit and determination is what defined Amarnath in his playing days. After a debut in a home series against Australia, he had to wait a couple of years before making his first comeback. The 1982-83 season would turn out to be the brightest purple patch in his career, scoring well over 1100 runs in two away Test series against the mighty Windies and arch rivals Pakistan. He followed this up with match winning performances in the semi-finals and finals of the 1983 World Cup. After this wonderful season, Amarnath saw a total slump in form with only a run in three Tests against West Indies at home, which saw him being dropped again. A determined Jimmy worked hard on his batting and fitness, to script another comeback story.

Early in his career he was not a natural against the quickies but later on he developed to become a very good player of the short pitch stuff. Amarnath has had his fair share of blows against the pacers, blows to the head, knocked out teeth, fractured jaws and countless hits to the ribs but never has been an instance where Amarnath has shown pain on the field. This attitude of his earned the respect of his peers and opposition, especially the likes of fast bowlers. The lethal Michael Holding felt that it was this quality of his that made Amarnath different from others.

After a prolonged career, he had a brief stint with Bangladesh as a coach during the 90’s until he was sacked in 1996 as they failed to qualify for the World Cup that year. He was appointed a consultant to the Bengal Ranji team back in 2008 and also continues to work as an analyst with various broadcasting and news channels.

Fast Facts

  • Mohinder Amarnath scored 11 centuries and 24 fifties in 69 Tests at a respectable average of 42.50.
  • Son of Lala Amarnath, India’s first post independence Test captain.
  • He was once knocked out unconscious to a lethal bouncer from Imran Khan.
  • Started his career as a quick bowling all-rounder but later went on to become a top order batsman who bowled sharp cutters at a medium pace.
  • He was the Man of the Match in both the finals and semi finals of the 1983 World cup for his all-round performances.
  • Awarded the CK Nayudu lifetime achievement award by the Indian cricket board.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 69 113 4378 10 42.50 - 11 24 138
ODI 85 75 1924 12 30.53 57.70 2 13 102*
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 69 71 3676 1782 32 4/63 / 55.68 2.90 1 0 0 0
ODI 85 64 2730 1971 46 3/12 / 42.84 4.33 0 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 47 0 0
ODI 23 0 0
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
ODI 1 0 0 0 1 0


India Vs Australia at MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chepauk), Chennai (Madras) - Dec 24, 1969
Last played:
India Vs West Indies at MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chepauk), Chennai (Madras) - Jan 11, 1988
India Vs England at Lord's, London - Jun 07, 1975
Last played:
India Vs West Indies at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai (Bombay) - Oct 30, 1989