Another Amarnath makes cricket foray

Lala Amarnath’s grandson Digvijay makes first-class debut in Sri Lanka. Uncle Mohinder eels there shouldn’t be undue pressure on him.

New Delhi: Digvijay  Amarnath might have just made his foray into cricket with his first-class debut in Sri Lanka, but he is not just any other cricketer. He is the grandson of legendary cricketer Lala Amarnath, son of Surinder Amarnath and the nephew of 1983 World Cup hero Mohinder Amarnath.

So it comes as no surprise that anything he does on the cricket pitch — positive or negative — will make news.

Digvijay was signed by Baduraliya Cricket Club to play in a three-day premier league tournament in Sri Lanka. While he hasn’t really set the stage on fire, he showed a lot of promise by scoring a patient 62 in just his second game. While he is back and looking to make his mark in India, his uncle Mohinder is excited about the latest sensation from his family.

Speaking to MAIL TODAY , Mohinder said that he wants the 22-year-old to keep up the good work. In fact, Mohinder wants him to not only carry forward the legacy, but also achieve greater heights.

“I am extremely pleased and wish him all the best in his career. This is just the beginning, and while he has an able coach in his father — Surinder — I am sure he himself, too, will harness skills and keep up the good show."

“Personally, I hope that he not only known for his family’s glorious past, but also achieves more success. While he has done well in Sri Lanka, I hope he follow his performance in India as well,” the former selector said.

But replicating what the Amarnath family has achieved in Indian cricket won’t be an easy task for the youngster. While Lala, a father figure in Indian cricket, scored the first-ever Test century for the country and later on went on to lead the team, his eldest son — Surinder — captained the Indian schoolboys Test team and followed his father’s footsteps to score a ton on Test debut. The duo gave India the unique record of the only father-son combination to score a century on Test debut.

If that isn’t enough, they were followed by Mohinder. He was not only the Man of the Match in India’s 1983 World Cup victory in the final over the West Indies, but also gave commendable performances in Tests and ODIs. But Mohinder feels there shouldn’t be any undue pressure on Digvijay.

“Pressure and expectations don’t come with you on cricket field. These are things that are spoken about only off the field. So I don’t see any reason why there should be any extra burden on Digvijay when he takes the field. At the end of the day it is about performing for the team and I am sure he will be able to do that,” he said.

In the current era, there is a lot of talk about cricketers looking to play in cash-rich leagues like the Indian Premier League and make quick bucks rather than slog it out in the longer formats of the game. But Mohinder feels that if his nephew can concentrate on having a sound technique, half his job is done.

“One must realise that if a batsman’s technique is good, he can play in all formats. It is much more difficult to get into the Test squad than to break into the team in the shorter formats. So, Digvijay at present, should just concentrate on his game and not on anything else,” he signed off.


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