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Lall Singh - Indian Cricketer

Lall Singh, whose full name was Lall Singh Gill, was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya on 16 December 1909, and passed away at Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur on 19 November 1985. He was a key member of India's team on its one-Test inaugural tour of England in 1932. Lall Singh was a right-handed batsman and renowned for his outstanding fielding skills.

In the only Test played during the tour, he showcased his batting prowess by scoring 29 in the second innings, adding 74 runs in partnership with Amar Singh in just 40 minutes. Notably, during England's first innings, he ran out Frank Woolley with a magnificent pick up and throw on the opening morning.

Early Life

Lall Singh was born into the affluent Gill Jat family of Malaya, who had migrated to Malaya from India three generations before. He was the youngest of three sons, with the eldest being Santha Singh Gill (maternal grandfather of Tariq B Shamsi) and the middle brother being Bishen Singh Gill.

All three brothers studied at the prestigious Victoria Institution (V.I.) in Kuala Lumpur, which had been set up under the auspices of Sultan Abdul Samad ibni Almarhum Raja Abdullah KCMG, the fourth Sultan of Selangor, and was named after Queen Victoria. Victoria Institution, or V.I. as it is known, has had many honourable and distinguished individuals among its alumni, including royals like Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah - Sultan of Brunei and other royalty.